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Missouri Film Commission Makes Recommendations

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The Missouri Film Commission recommends state lawmakers increase the amount of tax credits available to filmmakers who shoot movies in Missouri. KSMU's Missy Shelton recently discussed the recommendations with Mark Biggs, Chairman of the Film Commission and Associate Professor in the Media, Journalism and Film Department at Missouri State University.

Right now, there's one point 5 million dollars available to filmmakers through Missouri's tax credit program.

Mark Biggs .

He says making 10 point 5 million dollars available through the tax credit will stimulate the economy.

Biggs says the current yearly pot of money gets claimed quickly, leaving nothing for production companies looking for attractive places to shoot later in the year.

Biggs says if Missouri decides to get more aggressive in its efforts to bring in film productions, he says it won't be hard to sell the state as a good location.

Missouri lawmakers established the film production tax credit in 1997.

Biggs says if the state will put sufficient money into the program, it will provide direct and indirect financial benefits.

It will be up to Missouri lawmakers to act on the recommendations from the Missouri Film Commission when they go into session in January.