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Proposed city budget worries KC film community

KC City Hall
Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 18:24:51-05

KANSAS CITTY, Mo. — The release this week of the proposed budget next year in Kansas City, Missouri has the local film community worried about the future funding of an incentive to draw film production to the area.

At issue is $75,000 budgeted for the Kansas City Film Office to offer as incentives to production companies considering producing content in the city.

Stephane Scupham is the director of the KC Film Office.

In a statement on Friday, Scupham said her office has received a tremendous amount of community support since the proposed budget was released.

“Our office is monitoring this issue closely and is in conversations with the City and our key stakeholders as the situation develops,” she said in the statement. “As evident by many recent successes, film production is a vital and growing component of our economy.”

Public hearings over the proposed budget are set for the rest of this month and early March. The City Council is set to adopt the budget on March 26.

Last summer, Scupham spoke with the Screened on the Spot podcast about the film office's work.