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Financial Incentives Bring Films to Minnesota

Created: 06/03/2014 11:15 AM KAALtv.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Financial incentives designed to lure filmmakers to Minnesota appear to be doing the trick - and that can mean big dollars for local economies.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports (http://bit.ly/1hVJFD6 ) five feature films have qualified for funding since Minnesota reinstated the "snowbate" program last August, which provides rebates to film companies.

Two films are currently shooting in northeastern Minnesota, including "Heart of Wilderness." The other film, "After the Reality," started last week on Crane Lake near the Canadian border.

At least five more films are scheduled to begin in northeastern Minnesota later this year. A few are also scheduled for the Twin Cities.

Riki McManus is director of the Upper Minnesota Film Office. She says when movie productions come in, they typically spend half their budget on location.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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6/3/2014 10:06:21 AM (GMT -5:00)

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