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A popular location for Hollywood films, Kansas City, with its magnificent fountains and boulevards, is waiting to be discovered by Bollywood

Kansas City, Missouri, is the largest city in the US State of Missouri and is known for its contributions to the musical styles of jazz and blues. Kansas City has been shot in countless films, the key reason being its climate, which is conducive to shooting any time of the year, and the availability of vast scenic locations.

With over 200 fountains, it is second only to Rome, which has the largest number of fountains for any city in the world. The city also has more boulevards than any other city except Paris and has been called the ‘Paris of the Plains’. Kansas City was founded in 1838 at the confluence of the second largest river in the country, the Missouri River, and the Kansas River. Besides its beautiful boulevards and fountains, it is also ranked as one of the top cities in the US for its Art Deco buildings. Also known as ‘KC’, the city is also famous for its barbecue cuisine.

Climate

The city has a humid, continental climate with moderate precipitation and the potential for extreme hot and cold. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 26°C. Summers can sometimes be humid, with moist air riding up from the Gulf of Mexico, and daytime highs surpass 32°C.

Summer is characterised by warm days and mild nights; fall days are mild and the nights cool. The coldest month of the year is January, with an average temperature of -4°C. Winters vary from mild to cold, and lows occasionally dip into the single digits and below −18°C during this season. Annual snowfall averages 19.9 inches (51 cm).

Kansas City is situated in Tornado Alley, a broad region where cold air from the Rocky Mountains and Canada collides with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation of powerful storms.

The Kansas City region offers you a world of locations like college campuses, mansions, wheat fields, modern office complexes and the world’s largest underground business complex known as Subtropolis. All of these can be found within 45 minutes of each other.

Tax Incentives

Missouri State

Productions in Missouri can earn 35 per cent of their Missouri expenditures in the form of state tax credits. The tax credits are completely transferable. Since the Kansas City metro area straddles the state line, the State of Missouri now also allows productions to count Kansas side crew and talent at the full 35 per cent rate.

To qualify for film tax credits, the film production company must spend, during production, at least $50,000 in the State of Missouri for projects of 30 minutes or less and $ 1, 00,000 for projects longer than 30 minutes. These expenditures may include, but are not limited to, the costs for labor, services, materials, equipment rental, lodging, food, location fees and property rental. Missouri’s film production tax credit program is capped at $ 4.5 million per year.

Kansas City

Kansas City offers a 30-per cent, non-refundable, non-transferable tax credit on total in-state expenditures. The Kansas Legislature has allocated $ 2 million/tax year to fund a 30 per cent tax credit to eligible film production companies.

This fund is currently limited to productions filming during Tax Years 2007-2013. Subject to the approval of an application to the Kansas Department of Commerce – Kansas Film Commission, the allocation of these funds will be on a first-come, first served basis.

Permits and Regulations

Any requirements to close any street or park require permits and consent from the local officials.

Labour Issues

Worker’s Compensation

All businesses with five or more employees must provide worker’s compensation insurance to protect their workers in case of job-related injury, illness or death.

Child Labour

Any person under 16 years working as a performer in the entertainment industry must secure an entertainment work permit. State law sets forth requirements regarding proof of age, written consent of legal guardians, meal and break times, and number of hours worked per day or week, and productions involving risky or dangerous sequences.

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