Ohio Film Office

Program Update: 

The application period for the FY 2022 January round of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit Program is Friday October 15, 2021, through Wednesday December 1, 2021.

All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Please note, pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code 122:21-1-02 (E) (2), incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

The award notifications will be emailed on or before January 31, 2022.

Whether it’s a movie, documentary, videogame or commercial, the production can take place here in Ohio. A variety of productions are occurring all across the state of Ohio, thanks in part to the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit administered by the Ohio Department of Development. The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit provides a refundable tax credit of 30 percent on production cast and crew wages plus other eligible in-state spending. The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit was created in 2009 to encourage and develop a strong film industry in Ohio.

  • Fee Change
    To cover the administrative costs of the program, each applicant shall pay a non-refundable application fee of one percent of the award amount up to ten thousand (10,000) dollars. Failure to pay the fee will result in automatic rescission of the project’s tax credit award.
  • Carryover
    If a project does not use all awarded tax credits, the remaining balance becomes available. In this way, tax credit availability may happen at any time. Tax credits not used in the prior fiscal year will rollover to the following fiscal year.
  • 50% Financing
    Proof of financial ability to undertake and complete a motion picture must be included with the application. An applicant shall provide documentation showing that the company has secured funding equal to at least fifty percent of the total production budget.
  • Television Series or Miniseries
    Once tax credits are available, the Ohio Film Office reviews applications to determine eligibility for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit program. In approving tax credit applications, priority is given to tax-credit eligible productions that are classified as a television series or miniseries.

(See frequently asked questions for details.)

The Ohio Department of Development administers the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit through the Ohio Film Office. For questions about the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit please contact the Ohio Film Office at askohiofilm@development.ohio.gov  or (614) 644-5156. The local Ohio film commissions listed here are entities endorsed or supported by a local government with a commitment to the film industry as part of its economic development plan. For questions about production needs in Ohio, the local Ohio film commissions can help. For local Ohio film commissions contact information, click here.


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