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Tax Incentives for Film Production

Kentucky offers aggressive tax incentives for film production, making it one of the more affordable film production locations in the United States.


Below are some highlights of what we offer in Kentucky:


Qualified productions can take advantage of a refundable income tax credit of up to 30% of approved expenditures or,

35% incentive for Kentucky resident labor

35% incentive for filming in an enhanced incentive county.

Film production incentives are available to companies that spend at least $250,000 to produce feature films or television shows in Kentucky. Commercials are eligible with required expenditures of $100,000.


Documentaries and Broadway productions are eligible with an expenditure minimum of $20,000, for a Kentucky based company the threshold would be $10,000.


Applications for film production incentives will be reviewed and approved by the Kentucky Film Office, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Finance and Administration Cabinet and the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority. The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority meets once a month to approve incentive requests. The meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at 100 Airport Road, Frankfort, KY 40601. Below are a list of dates:


June 14, 2017

July 12, 2017

August 9, 2017

September 13, 2017

October 11, 2017

November 8, 2017

December 13, 2017

January 10, 2018

February 14,2018

March 14, 2018

April 11, 2018

May 9, 2018

June 13, 2018

July 11, 2018

August 8, 2018

September 12, 2018

October 10, 2018

November 14, 2018

December 12, 2018



Click here for a list of qualified expenditures including, but not limited to, the following items:


Production script and synopsis

Set construction and operations

Wardrobe, accessories, and related services

Lease or rental of real property in Kentucky as a set location

Photography, sound synchronization, lighting, and related services

Editing and related services

Rental of equipment

Vehicle leases




Ready to apply? Fill out the Kentucky Film Office Tax Credit Application here.


Have a question about tax incentives for film production? Download our program summary here.


Or contact us directly:


Jay Hall

502-564-4930 ext 146


100 Airport Road, 2nd Floor

Frankfort, KY 40601

Office: 502-892-3197



Kentucky Film Office Web Site

Southern Kentucky Film Commission

P.O. Box 490

Munfordville, KY  42765

(270) 524-5219

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