By Christopher Filanc-Gustafson
Capital West News
SALT LAKE CITY – A bill that changes the Motion Picture Incentive Fund. S.B. 278 passed the Legislature and is waiting for the governor’s signature.
The law will increase the maximum cash rebate incentive from $500,000 to $2.5 million for a motion picture project.
“The film industry is an economic drive here in Utah,” Bill sponsor Sen. Curtis Bramble- Provo, said. He expressed his confidence on the bill and thinks it will be signed.
There have been plenty of movies filmed in the state which includes “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Indiana Jones,” “Tree of Life” and other blockbuster films. According to the Utah Film Commission, more than 900 films have been shot in Utah.
Utah’s film commission formed 1974 and Park City Film Studiosis now under construction. According to Park City Studios, since the making of the very first motion pictures, Utah’s diverse natural and built settings have been with filmmakers.