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Alaska is much more than a vast icy landscape. It’s teeming with a variety of shooting locations and has a well-defined incentive programme

Alaska is the largest State in theUnited States. It is situated in the north west extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south.Russia is further west across the Bering Strait. That’s a lot of real estate – and a lot of different landscapes and ecosystems.

Across Alaska are an unlimited number of potential filming locations. So unless you’re looking for sun-baked cactus in the desert, Alaska can comprehend your vision. From Alpine peaks to misty shorelines,quaint coastal towns to suburban neighbourhoods, wide-open tundra to deep dark forests, farms to fishing boats,glaciers to beaches, rail roads to goldmines,year-round snow to barren sand dunes– Alaska has great locations for almost any project. And don’t forget unbelievable natural light and the summer sunshine that lasts 20 hours and more.

The State is teeming with opportunities for rugged, backcountry locations. Whether you prefer icy scenery on an ice-ageglacier or skim the wilderness in a plane or take up mountain location for filming, you’ll find plenty of options to shoot at in Alaska.The State’s many famous rivers, lakes and protected coastal waters offer the chance to experience mild to wild. No matter what your story is, you’re sure to find some location stailor-made for your script.

Climate
The climate of the interior of Alaska is sub-Arctic. Some of the highest and lowest temperatures occur around the area near Fair banks. The summers may have temperatures reaching 30° C, while in the winter, the temperature can fall below−51.1 °C.

Incentives
With a base rate of 30 per cent on above and below the line spending in Alaska and additional percentages for local hire (+10per cent), off-season, October to March(+2 per cent) and shooting in rural areas(+2 per cent), incentive programme offers up to 44 per cent in a transferable tax credit to encourage projects to green light Alaska. With up to $ 100 million available and a minimum spend of only $ 100,000,most projects can qualify. Alaska has no personal Income Tax and no state wide Sales Tax, so the incentive programme is just the tip of the iceberg of your possible Alaska savings.

How does the programme work?
The State of Alaska offers a film production incentive in the form of a transferable tax credit for qualifying production expenditures that is made in Alaska during a consecutive 24-month period. Once the company receives an approval form, the final application after production and after a CPA licensed by the State of Alaska has audited the expenditures, is submitted.The company receives tax credit from the Alaska Department of Revenue (DOR) after the AFO has verified the project.Finally, sell the tax credit to any company that has a corporate income tax liability to the State of Alaska.

The documents required for shooting in Alaska are estimated budget (including Alaska spend), proposed distribution plan along with a script or synopsis of your production. Once qualified, an Alaska Business License will be provided. Start shooting and once you’re wrapped up, find an Alaska-licensed CPA (certified public accountant) to verify your Alaska expenses and submit your final paper work along with a rough-cut of the project. The tax credit will be approved in a matter of weeks.Alaska’s Film Industry Tax Credits are fully transferable, severable and valid for three years from date of issue.

Rules & Regulations
Business Licence Requirements All film and television productions must possess an Alaska Business License valid during the qualification period. In addition, all out of state Corporations must register with the state before they can be issued abusiness license. The Department of Commerce,Community and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing issues business licenses and Corporations.

Labour Laws and Regulations Workers’ Compensation
All employees must have current Workers’ Compensation insurance. This applies to full and part-time, permanent, and temporary employees. Even those individuals who are licensed or legally incorporated outside the state must be covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance valid in Alaska as well.

Child Labour Laws

Virtually all children 17 years of age and younger, employed by the entertainment industry must have a valid work permit.

Film Permits
65 per cent of the State’s land is owned and managed by the US Federal government.The State of Alaska owns about 25 per cent of the land and 10 per cent is owned by native people, leaving less than 1 per cent in private hands. Permits and permission are required for filming on essentially all public, native and private lands. There is also a bewildering array of Federal and State land managers who will help you find the right locations and navigate the permitting process for your chosen locations.

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