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Friday, April 29 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Film Commissions and Incentives: How to maximize State and local incentives for your film. And where to find them.

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FILM FINANCE: Film Incentives: How to maximize State and local incentives for your film. And where to find them.  - Film Commissions are a vital part of making your film.  How they work and what they do.  Producers in the studios and independents are constantly chasing after government dollars in attempts to mitigate the risks for their investors (or executives). This panel will explore practical approaches for incentive dollars from state programs as well as the federal government.
Moderator: Dave DeBorde
Speakers: Tony Armer (Film Commissioner, Pinellas County, FL), Katie Pryor (Film Commissioner, Baton Rouge, LA), Brian Lord (Film commissioner, Portland, Oregon) & Corky Kessler (Entertainment Atty), Chad Newman (Film Commissioner, FL Keys), Tyler Martinolich (Film Commissioner, Tampa).
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm, Friday April 29th
Place:  AMC 13 Theaters


Tyler Martinolich

Film Commissioner

Chad Newman

Film Commissioner
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Tony Armer

Film Commissioner, St. Pete Clearwater Film Commission
Tony Armer is the Film Commissioner for St. Petersburg Clearwater (Pinellas County) FL, an Award Winning Filmmaker and the Founder and Former Executive Director of the internationally acclaimed Sunscreen Film Festival.  He works with hundreds of productions each year. In 2015 his... Read More →
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Katie Patton Pryor

Executive Director, Film Baton Rouge
Katie is the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission, Co-founder of Film USA, film advocate, active member of AFCI, LFEA board member, and an adjunct professor at the LSU film program. Her university course focuses on the economic drivers behind entertainment, the power... Read More →
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Brian Lord

Business Development Consultant, Portland Oregon Film Office
Brian Lord is the recent manager of the Portland Film Office. He led it's operations since December 2016. In this capacity he led business development activity towards the support of out-of-state production filming in Portland while creating professional development opportunities... Read More →
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Corky Kessler

Entertainment Attorney
With a career in entertainment that has spanned more than 30 years, Kessler has significantly helped the industry grow in a number of ways. He has developed, packaged and executive produced more than 20 feature films; is a mainstay as a judge and panelist at top film festivals including... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
AMC Sundial, Workshops - Theater #13