LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today that the feature film AWOL has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film, based on a true story of a Michigan solider, takes place during the Vietnam War and is set in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas.
“This project not only tells a great story, it also highlights the home-grown filmmaking talent we have here in Michigan,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “From the screenplay and producers to the story’s setting, this is a Michigan-made film from start to finish and we are thrilled it will be shooting here in the state.”
The project was awarded an incentive of $1,837,483 on $4,374,960 of projected in-state expenditures.
AWOL is the fourth project approved under the new policy and guidelines issued by the Michigan Film Office, and the sixth project approved in 2011. To date, $10,039,141 in incentives have been awarded on $24,247,502 of approved production expenditures for the year.
All pending and future applications receive a thorough review by a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) committee comprised of the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the Senior Vice President of Policy, the Vice President of Business Development and the Director of the Michigan Film Office.
The current statute is used to guide approval decisions. Preference is given to projects that best meet the following criteria:
1. The production is financially viable.
2. Utilization of existing infrastructure (studios, post-production facilities, film labs, etc.).
3. The number and wage levels of direct jobs for Michigan residents created by a production.
4. Ability to show Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination.
5. Magnitude of estimated expenditures in Michigan.
The film incentive program will continue to be jointly administered by the Michigan Film Office and the Department of Treasury and all projects must be approved in concurrence with the state treasurer. Since the incentives took effect in April 2008, the Film Office and the Department of Treasury have approved a total of $371,104,955 in film incentives on $945,620,606 in total qualified expenditures by productions in Michigan. This represents 211 projects that have been approved to date, including 137 projects that have actually wrapped in the state.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan, as well as infrastructure development and workforce training.
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