February 2022 Newsletter
Hello Members of the Motion Picture Association of Utah.
We’ve been working on a lot at the MPAU and I wanted to give you an update. We will need your involvement to help the momentum on these various fronts, so I encourage you to please read below and click on the various links provided.
UTAH SENATE BILL 49
The 2022 legislative session has begun, and we now have Utah State Bill 49 (SB0049), “State Film Production Incentives Amendments” being pushed through this session. As of today the Bill has not come to the floor to vote, We expect that to happen. In the next couple of weeks.
If you would like to read or track the progress of the bill, click HERE
VIRTUAL FILM DAY ON THE HILL IS TOMORROW- Thursday FEB 3
Due to concerns surrounding the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, our annual Film Day on the Hill will be online this year. We will be hosting a Zoom meeting to answer as many questions as we can, and provide a current update as to where we’re at with the lobbying efforts.
Please register to attend this virtual Film Day via this link HERE
This Zoom call will begin promptly at 12:00pm MST on Thursday, February 3rd.
We had the 1st annual film caucus reception for our legislators on Thursday in the senate building of the capitol and we are getting Key Legislators to be a part of it. This film caucus is a long term play to educate our legislators and garner support for the MPIF. We want to thank Gary Crandall from the Utah Film Studios and Jeff Miller for sponsoring this event. We will be updating you more on this caucus in future newsletters.
Kevin Costner Meets with Legislative leaders
For those of you who follow the trades Kevin has a project that has just been greenlit and he wants to shoot it in Utah. There was a meeting facilitated with Kevin Costner and some key legislators regarding the film incentives in Utah.
"I’ve dreamed for a long time about making my movie in Utah and scouting the state has been an incredible experience. My biggest hope is that the state backs Senate Bill 49 and that dream becomes a reality. I don’t really want to go anywhere else with these 5 movies. The beauty and power of the land in Utah is something I will never forget and hope at the end of the day I will be able to show the world."
-- Kevin Costner
This is a great thing for SB49 but we have to make sure that our legislators know that the local Utah Film Industry wants this as well. They need to hear from all of us who work and live in the state so please make sure you write to your legislators. It is more important that it comes from us.
EMAIL WRITING CAMPAIGN
The email writing campaign has started, and you should be receiving emails from Susan Edwards (one of the MPAU’s lobbyists) a few times per week.
It is critical that we all contact our local senators & representatives to ask them to support State Bill 49. If you have not received an email from Susan yet, please let her know at firstname.lastname@example.org There are a large number of people on the list this year and some of your emails may have gone to junk mail.
ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY
We have received the official financial study and you can read the full report HERE
The financial talking points can be found here HERE
Video Explaining Utah’s Film incentive
Here is a video that is being shared to the legislative body on how the film tax rebate works and why it's good for Utah. Click here for Video
Thank you, and as always, feel free to reach out any time,
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