AFCI honors Pat Kaufman

Head of NY Film and TV department has Vision

Pat Kaufman, the New York state official who heads the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and TV Development, has received the 2009 Arthur M. Loew Jr. Crystal Vision Award.

The prize is awarded by the Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl.

Kaufman’s office is responsible for disbursing the Empire State Film Production Tax Incentive, a highly successful tax credit program that Albany arm-twisters managed to cram into the final version of the state budget, signed at the beginning of this month.

The program can give out $350 million in credits this year and is already projected to exceed that number in tax revenue — Kaufman said projects applying in the first three months of 2009 alone are on track to spend $845 million in-state.

Under Kaufman, New York’s film and TV industries have thumbed their noses at the recession, and continue to grow despite crippling revenue loss in the state’s bedrock industries of finance and real estate.

“Receiving the Crystal Vision Award from AFCI is an exceptional honor for me,” Kaufman said in a release. “To be recognized by a professional organization in this way is very humbling.