Incentives & Permits
Colorado Filming Incentives
Colorado’s film incentives program offers qualifying productions a competitive 20% tax rebate credit, as well as a one-of-a-kind state guarantee loan program that could finance up to 20% of your budget.
Guidelines for Obtaining the Film Incentive Rebate:
Qualifying projects must be a creative visual production including, but not limited to: feature films, t.v. shows, commercials, music videos, video game development or any other major form of recorded audio/visual production intended for theatrical use, and/or for internal industrial, corporate or institutional use.
Out-of-state production companies will need to spend at least $1,000,000 on local production costs to qualify for the incentive rebate (with the exception of TV commercials and video game productions spending a minimum of $250,000 locally). Colorado based production companies will need to spend at least $100,000 on production expenditures to qualify for the tax credit. At least 50% of your workforce needs to be Colorado residents.
Local production expenditures may include: local crew and talent wages, pre-production and post production elements, set construction, location and prop rentals, special effects, equipment rentals, travel fares, insurance, lodging and food, audio and visual recording techniques, or any other incurred cost made in connection to the progression of the final production.
Learn more about the Colorado film incentives program.
State Guarantee Loan Program
Introducing the only loan program of its’ kind in the country! Colorado could finance up to 20 percent of your entire production budget for qualifying productions.
How to Qualify for the Loan:
Your film production must be approved by the Office of Film, Television and Media, in conjunction with the Colorado Economic Development Commission to qualify for this unique opportunity. The film office will use discretion when awarding loans to productions and determine if your company has the professional experience, business background and qualifications in film & television production.
Production companies must be bonded by a major bonding company.
Production companies must be contracted with a major sales or distribution company, as well as provide estimates of projected sales that support full loan repayment.
The actual movie as well as the production activities must result in a positive reflection for the State of Colorado.
Local based production companies will have to spend at least $100,000 on local production expenditures to qualify for the loan program.
Out-of-state production companies will have to spend at least $250,000 on local production expenditures to qualify for the loan program, as well as follow all the guidelines that apply to obtaining the Colorado filming incentives as stated above (with the exception of TV commercials and video game productions spending a minimum of $250,000 locally).
More about the Colorado state guarantee loan program.
Filming Permits in Colorado
Before you begin your production, be sure you have the appropriate permits and approvals within the city limits of your production location. You will need to contact the “county office” of where you are filming to inquire about their specific filming permit application procedures. It is usually called a “general use” or “special events” permit.