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Virginia

Eligible Production Types

  • Feature Films
  • Scripted Television
  • Reality Television
  • Documentaries
  • Animation
  • Video Games
  • Webisodes
  • Talk Shows
  • Game Shows
  • Live Events
  • Commercials

Location Production Needs

  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Snow
  • Tropical
  • Beaches/Ocean
  • Mountains
  • Lakes/Rivers
  • Deserts
  • Forests
  • City

Legislation

Va. Code ยง 58.1-439.12:03

Administrative Guidance

Guidelines

Virginia Film Office

Andy Edmunds, Director

901 East Byrd Street

Richmond, VA 23219

804.545.5530

aedmunds@virginia.org

www.film.virginia.org

Incentive

15-40% Refundable Tax Credit/Rebate or Grant

Project Criteria

25-35%

25-35%

15%

15%

$250K (tax credit); None (grant)

None

First $1M counts as qualifying spend

50% on principal photography

Qualified Spend

15% of qualified expenditures. Qualified expenditures include goods and services leased and purchased in Virginia in connection with an eligible production filmed in Virginia.

  • 5% tax credit if filming in an economically distressed area.
  • 10-20% tax credit on payroll for VA residents.
  • 10% tax credit for each first-time film industry employee.
Program Guidelines

$6.5M (tax credit); $3M (grant)

January 1, 2022

Yes

Yes

Additional Considerations

Yes

Production must be fully funded with a multi-market distribution contract.

Applications must be approved before start of principal photography.

Must go into pre-production within 90 days of approval.