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Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit


Pennsylvania offers a 25% Tax Credit to films that spend at least 60% of their total production budget in the Commonwealth. Projects eligible for Film Tax Credits under the Program are: the production of a feature film, a television film, a television talk or game show series, a television commercial, a television pilot or each episode of a television series intended as a programming for a national audience. Applications may be filed no sooner than 90 days prior to the start date of principal photography in the Commonwealth.

IATSE 489 Public Service Announcement

“PA Film Tax Credits Work” is a short public service announcement produced by IATSE Local 489 and the Pittsburgh Film Office. The film exhibits the positive impact of the Pennsylvania Tax Credit program on the regions businesses and crew.

To view the film:

Applicants must complete the online Single Application and provide the information and documentation as set forth in the Program Guidelines. Please follow the step by step outline for completeing the Single Application.  The outline is here.

Film Tax Credit Application

Applicants must also complete the Film Tax Credit Application.  Prior to sending the completed application, please attach a "budget top sheet" reflecting: total production expenses and qualified Pennsylvania expenses, and a statement indicating whether financing for the project has been secured or will be secured prior to the planned start date of principal photography.

Also, prior to mailing, a face-to-face or phone interview is required with the Director of the Pennsylvania FIlm Office.  Applicants should contact the Film Office at 717-783-FILM.

Frequently Asked Questions can be read here.

To view the Film Tax Credit guidelines and application you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader if it is not already installed on your computer.  Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For more information, please contact:
Pennsylvania Film Office
Phone: 717-783-FILM (3456)

Janice Collier - Film Tax Credit Manager
[email protected]


In Pennsylvania, the hotel occupancy tax is exempt for feature film productions when hotel stays are in excess of 30 days.  Film production companies should contact the Pennsylvania Film Office for more information.


In Pennsylvania, film companies are not charged a fee or other location cost for the use of state-owned property when filming commercial motion pictures of any length except for the actual costs incurred by the affected state department or agency and for activities outside the normal course of business, such as demolition and/or construction projects totaling more than $1 million.

For more information, please contact:

Pennsylvania Film Office
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 4th Floor
Harrisburgh, PA 17120-0225
Phone: 717-783-FILM (3456)
Fax: 717-787-0687