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Zemsky: 5 NYS productions nominated for 11 Oscars


Tue, Jan 24th 2017 05:00 pm

4 nominated productions participated in New York state post-production film tax credit program; productions generated more than $15.7 million in spending while creating approximately 100 new hires in state

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky on Tuesday congratulated five productions that received a total of 11 Oscar nominations for the 89th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards. The productions garnering nominations in 2017 - four of which participated in the New York state post-production tax credit program - have spent more than $15.7 million and generated approximately 100 new production jobs across the state.

"New York is a leader in the film and television industry, becoming the premier destination for post-production and creating thousands of jobs and economic impact statewide," Zemsky said. "Congratulations to all of the nominees who have proven that New York is home to the most innovative and talented workforce."

A complete list of the 89th Annual Oscars nominees that participated in the New York post-production film tax credit program follows:

Best Picture: "Manchester by the Sea"; producers: Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh

Best Director: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best Supporting Actor: Lucas Hedges, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto, "Silence"

Best Visual Effects: Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton, "Deepwater Horizon"

Production Design: Jess Gonchor (production design); Nancy Haigh (set decoration), "Hail Caesar!"

Best Sound Editing: Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli, "Deepwater Horizon"

Best Documentary Short Subject: "Joe's Violin"*

*Filmed in New York but did not participant in the New York state production tax credit 

The New York state post-production tax credit program was established in 2010, allowing productions filmed outside of New York state to complete post-production in New York and receive a 10 percent tax credit on qualified costs. In 2012, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation raising this percentage to 30 percent downstate and 35 percent upstate, which has resulted in extraordinary growth in recent years. Since Cuomo increased the post-production tax credit, applications have more than tripled.

The New York state film tax credit program, launched in 2004, has contributed billions of dollars to the Empire State and continues to be the principal factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. Last year alone, 187 film and television projects applied for the program and are estimated to generate a record-breaking 200,681 new hires and $3.3 billion in new spending for New York.

The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post-production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers.

For more information on filming in New York state or the film production and post-production tax credit programs, visit www.nylovesfilm.com

ESD is New York's chief economic development agency. Its mission is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the state and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. For more information on Regional Councils and ESD, visit: www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

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