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California Film Tax Credit Selections Total 28 of 380 Applications

Applications up 18% from 2012 total

A total of 28 productions have been selected to receive California’s Film and Television Tax Credit — the same number as was selected last year.

California producers submitted 380 applications for the state’s latest round of California’s Film and Television Tax Credit — up 18% from last year’s 327 submissions.

The California Film Commission, which administers the program, disclosed the numbers Monday after conducting a lottery to determine the 28 productions to be selected. After notifying the recipients, it will disclose the selections on Tuesday.

Past recipients of the credit include Oscar Best Picture winner “Argo,” “Gangster Squad,” Halle Berry indie feature “The Hive” and TV series “Body of Proof,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Pretty Little Liars.”

With only $100 million in credits available annually and features with budgets over $75 million not eligible, demand far exceeds supply with less than 10% of applications receiving the credit. And a significant amount of the $100 million is  already committed to TV series that are continuing to shoot in California and have been selected in previous rounds, which have seen a total of $400 million doled out so far.

Last year’s selections included studio features “Nina,” “To the Dogs Part 1” and “Dunderheads”; indie features “Bachelorette Party,” “Decoding Annie Parker,” “Lovelace,” “Lowdown,” “The To Do List,” “To Believe,” “Trust Me,” “Untitled Project G,” “Vocal Chords of Freedom”; TV series “Franklin & Bash,” “Hail Mary,” “Justified,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Perception,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Switched at Birth,” “The Protector”; a pair of relocated series — “Body of Proof,” which moved from Rhode Island,” and “Teen Wolf,” which moved from Georgia; and telefilm “The Metro Gardeners.”

California’s credit is smaller than those of rival states with a maximum of 25% of the budget.

Gov. Jerry Brown (pictured above) approved signed a two-year $200 million extension of the program last fall. Those funds will be doled out in June, 2014 and June, 2015.

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