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Alaska’s film incentive program undergoes changes

By Lauren Maxwell 9:38 PM February 3, 2014

Greater tax credit offered for local hire

ANCHORAGE - Want to work in the film industry? It may be easier to get a job now that the state has made some changes to its Film Production Incentive Program.

The state has always offered a tax credit for hiring Alaskans for in-state productions, but now that credit is bigger than ever before. In some cases, the credit could cover 100 percent of the wages paid to Alaskan workers.

The incentive to hire Alaskans may mean more locals are needed to work in a growing industry that includes reality TV shows and commercials as well as film.

Training opportunities are popping up around the state, including the Alaska New Media Career Training Center in Anchorage. The nonprofit offers a variety of classes specific to the industry and also provides guest teachers from outside. Other groups are offering training programs, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The state is also investing in getting Alaskans trained by offering grants that can help to pay for classes. The money is administered through the state Department of Labor. People who are interested should contact their nearest state job center to find out more about the training grants.

Click here for more information about the Alaska Film Production Incentive Program.

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