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Santa Barbara Offers California’s First Production Rebate Program

In an attempt to attract production to the region, the county of Santa Barbara is offering an incentive program that it says is the first of its kind in California.

The Santa Barbara County Film Commission will provide a cash rebate for films, TV shows, unscripted series, commercials and still photography shot in the country, which was the home of California’s first film studio in 1910.

Production companies qualify by booking a set number of room nights, as determined by the type of production, in certain areas including Montecito, Santa Barbara, Los Olivos and Solvang. For example, a feature film must book 200 room nights, while a reality show needs 50 room nights to qualify. Permit fees will qualify for reimbursement along with 50% of California Highway Patrol or police costs.

Total funding for the program is $50,000 for the fiscal year, and eligibility is determined on a first come, first served basis until available resources are depleted for the year. For more information, visit FilmSantaBarbara.

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