After the first Traverse City Film Festival panel discussion, titled "Front and Vine: Showing Movies at the State, Making Movies in Michigan," Pete Nichols, reporter for MyNorth.com, spoke with panelist Janet Lockwood of the Michigan Film Office. He asked her to elaborate on one of the panel discussion’s topics: mainly, how Michigan’s state government recently approved a bipartisan strategy to create jobs by attracting the film industry to Michigan with the most competitive incentive package in the country. Under the legislation, filmmakers enjoy a tax credit—the biggest tax break for the film industry in the entire nation, ranging up to 42 percent. In this video, Lockwood answers questions about what the incentives have produced so far, why a single industry would get such incentives and how Michigan can attract $300 million of film industry budgets to the state.
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