This time last year, the film community in Pennsylvania took a major loss when the Film Industry Incentive was denied an increase, remaining at $75 million, leaving millions, if not billions, of dollars’ worth of film and TV projects on the table. This loss did not discourage our efforts, but only sharpened our focus on our goal to raise the Film Industry Incentive to $125 million, which would be 12 months of work during the year. I am thrilled to announce that our efforts have been successful, and the film industry has been recognized by our legislators and all branches of government, with the Film Industry Incentive being increased to $100 million.
I would first like to offer my deepest gratitude to our PAFIA supporters, individual members, and our corporate sponsors. Without your support, the Film Industry Incentive would not have had the visibility necessary to make it into the budget this year.
Second, a huge thank you to the bi-partisan Film Caucus, led by Senators Camera Bartolotta (R) and Jay Costa (D) and House Members Joe Ciresi (D) and Kathleen "KC" Tomlinson (R) that worked tirelessly to ensure this increase was included in this year’s budget cycle.
Next, a sincere thank you to our lobbyists, Jim Davis and Beth Brennan, with Cozen O’Connor and our management company, Kassalen Meetings and Events. Your work to move our agenda forward has never been more valuable.
Finally, thank you to the 20 volunteers on the PAFIA Board from all around the state who give their time and money to this organization. We are always looking to expand our Board with people who can give the organization time, prestige, and money to keep us strong and active in Harrisburg.
Let me be clear: our work is not done. The $100 million incentive certainly brings more work to the state of Pennsylvania, but we will still be turning down projects and work for our local crew. Not to mention, billions of dollars of economic activity to our local businesses. Our sights are set on $125 million, and our work begins now.
Our ask to our PAFIA network remains the same. Now, more than ever, we ask that you please DONATE to PAFIA, JOIN the organization, and SHARE your story on social media.
Anyone can be a member of PAFIA, and the stronger our membership numbers are, the more visibility the film industry has with our legislators. Now is the time to invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join with you! More information regarding PAFIA membership opportunities can be found on our website at www.pafia.org/joinus.
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