Yukon Government Improves Support to Film Productions

    WHITEHORSE, April 2 /CNW/ - Amendments to the Yukon Film Location
Incentive program were announced today by Economic Development Minister Jim
    "Yukon is a prime location for film production and has a thriving local
film industry," Kenyon said. "These amendments will make our spectacular
locations more cost effective for national and international film production
companies, and will continue to support the local film industry."
    "The Film & Sound Commission meets regularly with local filmmakers and
film organizations, and strives to incorporate their comments when improving
programs," Kenyon added. "Changes to the location incentive will provide
additional opportunities for financial support for local productions and
employment opportunities for skilled Yukoners."
    Amendments to the Yukon Film Location Incentive program include:

    - raising the rebate amount by basing it on total Yukon expenditures
      (25 per cent) rather than on Yukon labour expenses only (35 per cent);

    - raising the requirement for employing Yukon labour to 50 per cent.

    The program keeps Yukon competitive with other jurisdictions in North
America and around the world. Local film production companies are encouraged
to apply for the incentive.
    This program is one of five film funding support programs available
through the Yukon Film & Sound Commission. The commission remains committed to
supporting the continued growth of the film and sound recording industries,
and maintaining its competitiveness with other jurisdictions while supporting
Yukon industry members.
    For more information visit www.reelyukon.com.

For further information:

For further information: Emily Younker, Cabinet Communications, (867)
633-7961, emily.younker@gov.yk.ca; Sunny Patch, Communications, Economic
Development, (867) 667-5387, sunny.patch@gov.yk.ca

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