The Nebraska Film Association has reached out to candidates for the Nebraska Legislature with a survey of interest to our mission.
As each candidate responds, we’ll share their answers here on the website and in the Facebook group.
Below is the email we sent Thursday afternoon:
Below is information about the Nebraska Film Association and a two-question survey for which we’d like to share your answers with the rest of our membership through our website: www.nebraskafilmassociation.
com.We appreciate your time in reading this and writing a response, and look forward to seeing what you have to say as we consider who to vote for this Election Day!
From the NFA:Expanding and diversifying Nebraska’s economy is crucial to the state’s growth and success. Economists have consistently identified two growth factors that Nebraska needs to develop: 1) Retention and attraction of young talent, especially in the creative classes and 2) create a worldwide recognized identity and brand for Nebraska.The multi-billion dollar film and media industry is an proven tool in achieving these goals. In the past, Nebraska has had several large studio driven projects that have resulted in millions of dollars in economic impact and helped make Nebraska a cooler place to hail from.However, in the past 20 years the competition for location filming outside of Hollywood has become extremely competitive. Local economic incentives have become essential to producers when making location decisions. Nebraska is one of several states that does not offer any type of incentive at this time, and is not taken seriously as a location for film and media projects.The opportunity is not just feature films and television. Larry the Cable Guy fought hard to bring Prilosec commercial production to Nebraska, but despite the positive environment the producers found in Nebraska, they could not responsibly serve their clients when incentives are available in other states.Nebraska is blessed with scores of successful national and international brand companies that spend millions in commercial advertising production nearly all of which leaves Nebraska.Around the world, film incentives have been tailored to meet local economic objectives. Hawaii has incentives to encourage tourism. Michigan, job creation. Texas, training young people.The Nebraska Film Association advocates that a committee be formed including the Department of Economic Development and the Legislature to determine Nebraska’s economic goals for film incentives, the amount of reasonable investment and expected return, and then propose a package of Nebraska tailored incentives.1. Do you support the formation of this Committee?Every state in the US has a film liaison that helps and encourages producers utilize their state as a production location. Currently, Nebraska’s film liaison is an ad-hoc part-time contractor.2.Do you support bringing the Nebraska liaison position up to industry standards?Please elaborate your general outlook on the potential for the motion picture industry in Nebraska and the roll of state government to promote it.