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Picture Locations:
Top: "Big Tree" in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park.
2nd: Eating in the Redwood Grove House, designed by Julia Morgan.
3rd: The company houses in Samoa.
Bottom: Arriving at the airport.
To the right: Battery Point Lighthouse, and the Victorian Village of Ferndale
And a very special thank you to the Humboldt County Headwaters Fund that, provided the grant that, along with other community partners,  allowed the FAM Tour to be possible. 
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From the Commissioner, 

By now you know the exciting news of the expansion of California's Film and Television Tax Incentive Program! Congrats!  For more information on the actual tax incentive, keep on reading below. 

Also, we recently held our first ever FAM Tour in Humboldt and Del Norte! We invited 9 talented location scouts here for a 3 day tour of everything that Humboldt and Del Norte Counties have to offer.  It was a smashing success.  
Check it out!
The Humboldt-Del Norte FAM Tour
Recently we held our first FAM Tour here in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.  Three full days of exploring everything our counties have to offer.

Since we are best known for our old growth redwoods would had to show off our numerous parks including Humboldt Redwoods State Park, where After Earth starring Will and Jaden Smith filmed.  Our rocky coastline with it's very own Battery Point Lighthouse also was on the tour.  And it would not have been complete without our many different styles of unique architecture and towns like Victorian Village of Ferndale, the run down company town of Somoa, and the unique Julia Morgan designed Redwood Grove House surrounded by redwoods on the river. 

A big thank you to Beth Tate, Robin Citrin, Barbara Miller, Peter McClafferty, Joni Coyote, Jill Naumann, Marie-Paule Goislard, Nancy Haecker, and Kent Matsuoka for attending!
Photos courtesy Film Commission Jill Naumann and Marie-Paule Goislard.

The California Film & Television Job Retention and Promotion Act:

Here are the details behind  the new tax incentives: 

  • Increases tax credit program funding from $100 million to $330 million per fiscal year.
  • Expands eligibility to big-budget feature films, 1-hr TV series (for any distribution outlet) and TV pilots.
  • Eliminates budget caps for studio and independent films. While there is no cap, tax credit eligibility will apply only to each project's first $100 in million in qualified spending (for studio films) or the first $10 million (for independent films).
  • Eliminates the state's existing tax credit lottery. Projects will instead be selected based on a "jobs ratio" formula and other ranking criteria. Projects will be ranked within specific categories (i.e., TV projects will compete against TV projects; independent films against independent films, etc.)
  • Includes penalty provisions for projects that overstate job creation. 
  • Provides for multiple allocation periods throughout the year. Instead of a single allocation period annually, there will be one or more allocation periods in Program Year 1, and two or more allocation periods in Program Years 2 - 5.  Application period schedules and instructions are under development.
  • Adds 5% "Uplift" for productions that film outside of the 30-Mile Zone and for visual effects and music scoring/recording performed in-state.


Cassandra Hesseltine
Film Commissioner
Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission  | | commissioner@filmhumboldtdelnorte.org |  filmhumboldtdelnorte.org
1385 8th Street, Suite 106
Arcata, CA 95521

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