Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Film

Just Act Natural

Arkansas's uniquely diverse landscape and unspoiled beauty offers more effective and dramatic settings than most other locations. In concert with her natural beauty, Arkansas provides visionary producers with seamless and efficient single-contact access to production houses, skilled crews, casting agencies and the resources that help filmmakers get from script to wrap party. Capturing the perfect setting for your production is just a phone call away. 

Christopher Crane

Film Commissioner
(501) 682-7676
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The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America.

Hosted by the spa city of Hot Springs, Arkansas and held on the doorstep of a national park, HSDFF is celebrating its 25th anniversary! 

This year’s festival will take place October 7th through the 16th.

To purchase tickets click here. For additional information visit http://www.hsdfi.org.

Stay up to date with the latest news and projects from The Arkansas Production Alliance by following us on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Vimeo.

The film Greater, the story of Brandon Bulsworth, will debut this month. Take a look at the trailer for the movie filmed in Arkansas.

Check out this music video from the Newsboys called "Guilty" which was filmed right here in Arkansas! 

 

Arkansas Production Alliance
Locations

In a place where miles still equal minutes, urban, rural, river valley and timberlands are all within 30 minutes of each other, saving productions valuable time and money. 

Incentives

Arkansas remains a nimble and innovative partner in materially impacting productions' bottom lines. Eligible production companies may earn a 20% rebate on all qualified production expenditures, with an additional 10% for Arkansas crew base.

​Prior to beginning preproduction activities in Arkansas, register with the film office and submit an application along with an estimate of expenditures; meet the minimum spending requirement of at least $50,000 within a six-month period in connection with a postproduction project or $200,000 within a six-month period in connection with the production of one project; and apply for a production rebate certificate no later than 180 days after the last production expenses are incurred.

Qualified Spend: Includes costs incurred in Arkansas in the development, preproduction, production or postproduction of a qualified production; the first $500,000 of wages or salaries paid to each resident and nonresident that are subject to Arkansas income taxes; pension, health and welfare contributions; and stipends and living allowances. Payments for production and postproduction expenses are recommended (but not required) to be made from the checking account of an Arkansas institution. Cash payments to vendors may not exceed 40% of the total verifiable costs.

Summary: Each project submitted for funding under this program is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. An eligible production company may earn a 20% rebate on all qualified production expenditures in Arkansas. Salaries and wages paid to resident and nonresident above-the-line employees, as well as resident and nonresident below-the-line employees, will qualify for the 20% rebate and an additional 10% may be earned on the payroll of below-the-line employees who are full-time Arkansas residents for a total rebate of 30% on such wages. Below-the-line does not include directors and producers but for purposes of the additional 10%, resident actors and writers are defined as below-the-line. The incentive program is scheduled to sunset on June 30, 2019.

Talent

Arkansas has a talented, deepening crew base with potential workforce development incentives for major studio and series productions. In addition to a host of industry leading expatriates who welcome opportunities to return home to work, Arkansas is adjacent to the crew bases of Memphis, Louisiana and Texas. 

Work

From facilitating series and feature productions, to creating and enhancing industry-driven crew training, to hosting world renowned film festivals, Arkansas’s film and digital content production industry is highly collaborative, prolific and innovative.