Kansas City Film Office increases incentive for film production in the city

Close to 600 people work in the city's film production industry

Dan Weinbaum
October 17, 2017 - 8:09 am

The Kansas City Film Office has increased its rebate incentive for film crews in an effort to attract more high-quality productions to town. 

The rebates of 10 percent can be combined with a more favorable tax environment than what is offered in Hollywood, the traditional home of the U.S. film industry. The states of Missouri and Kansas also offer financial incentives to film production companies.

Kansas City has a significant film industry that continues to grow, said Steph Scupham, KC Film Commissioner. And the rebate increase has a secondary goal.

"To sustain and grow the workforce. We have a lot of professionals here in the industry, and we've seen a lot of people move back from the coasts," Scupham said.

Almost 600 people work in the film industry in Kansas City. 

"We have set designers, construction workers, directors of photography, camera operators, their support folks," Scupham said, in addition to many other positions typical of the film industry.

Among recent film projects in Kansas City is All Creatures Here Below, written by and starring David Dastmalchian, who can be seen acting in Blade Runner 2049, in theaters now.

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