Kansas City Film Office increases incentive for studios to bring projects to KC

Film industry brought $30M to KC in 3 years
Posted at 3:01 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 17:54:15-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The movie industry has pumped nearly $30 million into the local economy since the Kansas City Film Office opened in October 2014.

With films, music videos and shows like American Ninja Warrior. Stephane Scupham with the KC Film Office said they’re just getting started. 

“We are making it more competitive, more efficient for productions, but also more efficient for the city as they need to process these applications for this film rebate incentive," said Scupham.

Kansas City is the first and only city in the country to have such an incentive without a similar state incentive. 

It includes rebates for filmmakers up to 10 percent. And local film leaders say the return on that investment is priceless. 

"We want to keep that going on," Scupham told 41 Action News. "It’s an important thing to happen for us and again that’s advertising we can’t afford to buy."

According to film leaders, an independent film crew spends anywhere between $15,000 to $150,000 a day in the metro. Local film leaders expect even more to come, with this new incentive.