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.

More Film

  • 'Incident in a Ghostland' Review

    Film Review: 'Incident in a Ghostland'

    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, […]

  • Gretchen Carlson

    Gretchen Carlson on How Her Roger Ailes Lawsuit Affected the Cosby Case

    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, […]

  • 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Tracks

    'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' on Track for $40 Million-Plus Opening

    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, […]

  • Actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers

    Johnny Depp: Rolling Stone Profile Latest Sign Actor Is PR Liability

    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, […]

  • Film review: Budapest Noir

    Film Review: 'Budapest Noir'

    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, […]

  • Johnny Depp

    The Most Shocking Revelations From Johnny Depp's Rolling Stone Interview

    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, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content