West Virginia Serves Up a Dose of American History Along With Production Incentives

With a tradition of logging and coal mining, with historic towns like Harpers Ferry and romanticized rivers like the Shenandoah, with stately hotels like the Greenbriar, West Virginia offers the savvy producers a glimpse into America’s past. It also provides a 27-31% transferable tax credit on qualified spend.

The state is known not only for its mountains and white-water rivers, forests and natural wonders, but also for its many so-called haunted places that can evoke the atmosphere required by many genre films. Thus West Virginia is well positioned to attract producers looking to evoke goosebumps among audiences.

The 27% transferrable tax credit rises by 4% to 31% if local labor is hired. The minimum per-project spend is a low $25,000, which means that practically any project can qualify. The program has no project or compensation cap. The money allocated to it is limited to $5 million per year.

Multiple productions have filmed without fanfare in the state for many years. A partial list includes two of this year’s TV miniseries, “The American West” and “NASCAR: The Rise of American Speed.” In 2015, another mini shot there: “The Making of the Mob: New York.”

Films that have shot in West Virginia include “Z for Zachariah” (2015), “Little Accidents” (2014), “Child of God” (2013), “Out of the Furnace” (2013), “Super 8” (2011), “Unstoppable” (2010), “The Road” (2009), “ We Are Marshall” (2006), “Gods and Generals” (2003), and “The Deer Hunter” (1978).

27% Transferrable tax credit
$25k Minimum spend
4% Added offset for local labor hires
$5m Total annual allocation
Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company

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