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Shooting Films Like ‘Ozark’ In Missouri: Tax Credits Could Pave The Way, But At What Cost?


The Netflix series “Ozark” is shot in Georgia, with the exception of a few scenes filmed at the show’s true setting, Lake of the Ozarks.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was filmed in North Carolina.

“The Assassination of Jesses James by the Coward Robert Ford” was mostly set in Missouri, but filmed in Canada.

Since Missouri’s film tax credit expired in November of 2013, movies about Missouri have been shot elsewhere. A proposed bill making its way through the Missouri House would reinstate the tax credit and, supporters hope, bring film projects back into the state. It’s known as the Show Missouri Film and Digital Media Act.

House Bill 923, sponsored by Rep. Kathryn Swan (R – Cape Girardeau), would create a 20 percent tax credit for qualifying in-state expenses and a 10 percent tax credit for qualifying out-of-state expenses for film producers that are longer than 30 minutes and spend at least $100,000 shooting the film in Missouri. If more than 50 percent of the film is shot in Missouri, an additional 5 percent of in-state and out-of-state expenses can be earned as tax credits.

Missouri’s film tax credit until 2013 was 35 percent. See more at Lake Expo.


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