Proposal would extend SF film rebate program 

Supervisor Mark Farrell on Tuesday introduced legislation to extend the “Scene in San Francisco” film rebate program for an additional four-years and raise the cap of the program from $3 million to 4 million.

The rebate program’s set to end in late June, if the board doesn’t extend it, according to a press release from Farrell’s office.

“This rebate program is showcasing our world class city on the big screen, providing longer term employment for crews and actors, and boosting our local economy,” Farrell said in the release. “For every dollar rebated to the film productions who come to film in San Francisco, approximately six dollars are spent here locally on wages and other expenditures that are benefiting our City.”

There’s been a large jump in the number of productions using the rebate program, with seven productions receiving rebates in fiscal years 2013-14, and three productions which have already received rebates in fiscal years 2014-15.

In fiscal years 2013-14, the seven productions that received rebates totaling $831,504 spent a total of $4,997,668 in The City. The Film Commission expects the local expenditures to rise in the upcoming fiscal years, the release said.

Officials expect even more productions will take advantage of the “Scene in San Francisco” rebate program after the newly expanded California State Film Tax Credit goes into effect July 1.

The expanded tax credit, combined with the local rebate program, is expected make it more cost-effective for productions to base in The City and will increase the likelihood of further use of the rebate program by film productions.

— Examiner staff report

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