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David N. Cox
Brent H. GoodfellowSteven R. Mascaro
Karen W. MorganLaWanna Lou Shurtliff
This bill creates a restricted account known as the Motion Picture Incentive Fund to
provide incentives to motion picture companies that produce motion pictures, television
series, or made-for-television movies within the state.
. creates a restricted account within the General Fund known as the Motion Picture
Incentive Fund, which shall be used to provide incentives for within-the-state
production of television series, made-for-television movies, and motion pictures;
. provides for administration of the fund by the executive director of the Department
of Community and Economic Development or the director's designee under the
direction of the Board of Business and Economic Development;
. provides for the executive director to determine the structure, amount, and nature of
the incentive given to a motion picture company, subject to ratification by the
. provides conditions upon which incentives may be granted; and
. provides for an annual report to legislative committees on the economic impact of
the incentive awards program.
Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
This bill appropriates:
. as an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, $1,000,000 from the
General Fund for fiscal year 2005-06 to the Motion Picture Incentive Fund.
Other Special Clauses:
This bill takes effect on July 1, 2005.
Utah Code Sections Affected:
9-2-2101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
9-2-2102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
9-2-2103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
9-2-2104, Utah Code Annotated 1953
9-2-2105, Utah Code Annotated 1953
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 9-2-2101 is enacted to read:
(1) The Legislature finds that:
(a) the state's natural beauty, scenic wonders, and diverse topography provide a variety of
magnificent settings from which the motion picture industry can choose to film part or all of
major or independent motion pictures, made-for-televison movies, and televison series;
(b) the state has an abundance of resources, including a skilled and able workforce, the
required infrastructure, and a friendly and hospitable populace that have been instrumental in the
filming of several successful motion pictures and televison series; and
(c) further development of the motion picture industry in Utah is a state public purpose
that will significantly impact growth in the state's economy and contribute to the fiscal well being
of the state and its people.
(2) The purpose of this part is to:
(a) encourage the use of Utah as a site for the production of motion pictures, television
series, and made-for-televison movies;
(b) provide a financial incentive to the film industry so that Utah might compete
successfully with other states and countries for filming locations; and
(c) help develop a strong motion picture industry presence in the state that will contribute
substantially to improving the state's economy.
Section 2. Section 9-2-2102 is enacted to read:
As used in this part:
(1) "Administrator" means the executive director of the Department of Community and
Economic Development or the executive director's designee.
(2) "Board" means the Board of Business and Economic Development.
(3) "Fund" means the restricted account known as the Motion Picture Incentive Fund
created in Section 9-2-2103 .
(4) "Motion picture company" means a company engaged in the production of motion
pictures, television series, or made-for-television movies.
(5) "State-approved production" means a motion picture, televison series, or
made-for-television movie approved by the administrator and ratified by the board that is
produced in the state by a motion picture company.
Section 3. Section 9-2-2103 is enacted to read:
9-2-2103. Motion Picture Incentive Fund created.
(1) There is created within the General Fund a restricted account known as the Motion
Picture Incentive Fund, which shall be used to provide incentives for within-the-state production
of television series, made-for-televison movies, and motion pictures, including feature films and
(2) (a) The fund shall be administered by the administrator under the direction of the
(b) The board shall approve fund policies and qualification criteria to receive an
incentive award consistent with the provisions of this part.
(3) All interest generated from investment of money in the fund shall be deposited in the
(4) The fund shall consist of an annual appropriation by the Legislature.
Section 4. Section 9-2-2104 is enacted to read:
9-2-2104. Financial incentives for motion picture productions.
(1) A motion picture company that has a state-approved production under this section
may receive a financial incentive from the fund as provided in this section.
(2) (a) The administrator has authority to determine the structure, amount, and nature of
the incentive given to a motion picture company, subject to ratification by the board and the
limitations and considerations set out in Subsections (3) and (4).
(b) A financial incentive shall be paid to a motion picture company from the fund only
(i) the administrator has determined that the motion picture company has satisfied the
conditions upon which the incentive is to be given; and
(ii) that determination has been ratified by the board.
(3) (a) In each fiscal year, the money in the fund shall be used for incentives to motion
picture companies for state-approved productions that are either televison series,
made-for-television movies, or motion pictures, which may include both feature films and
(b) An incentive awarded under Subsection (3)(a) for a motion picture production may
not exceed $500,000 per production.
(4) (a) The administrator shall enter into agreements with motion picture companies that
represent postperformance incentive grants that take into consideration:
(i) the fact that financing has been obtained and is in place for the production;
(ii) distribution is in place, except that the administrator may make allowances for an
independent filmmaker who plans to shop the production on a film festival circuit;
(iii) the economic impact of the production on the state; and
(iv) the production represents new incremental economic activity in the state as opposed
to existing economic activity.
(b) The administrator may also consider giving preference to a production that stimulates
economic activity in rural areas of the state or that has Utah content, such as recognizing that the
production was made in the state or uses Utah as Utah in the production.
Section 5. Section 9-2-2105 is enacted to read:
9-2-2105. Annual report.
(1) The administrator shall prepare an annual report for the board on the economic
impact of this part.
(2) The board shall present the report to the Legislature's Workforce Services and
Community and Economic Development Interim Committee and the Economic Development
and Human Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, together with any proposed
recommendations for modifications in this part or the annual ongoing appropriation for the fund.
Section 6. Appropriation.
As an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, there is appropriated
from the General Fund for fiscal year 2005-06, $1,000,000 to the Motion Picture Incentive Fund
created in Section 9-2-2103 to fund the incentive program authorized under Title 9, Chapter 2,
Part 21, Motion Picture Incentive Fund.
Section 7. Effective date.
This bill takes effect on July 1, 2005.
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