WHAT IS A LEVEL 2 QUALIFIED PRODUCTION FACILITY?
Have a production and would like to receive the New York State Film Tax Credit? Be Electric Studios is a Level 2 Qualified Production Facility (“QPF”) fulfilling all the guidelines required to help net your production this coveted tax break.
What requirements must a soundstage meet in order to become a Level 2 QPF?
A Level 2 Qualified Production Facility must have at least one 7,000 sq ft sound stage that meets these criteria:
be soundproof with a noise criteria (NC) rating of 30 or better;
have sufficient heating and air conditioning for shooting without the need for supplemental units,
incorporate a permanent grid and sufficient built-in electrical service for shooting without the need for generators, and
be column-free with a clear height of at least 16’ under the permanent grid.
Is my production eligible for the tax credit?
This is the 30% question. The guidelines can seem obscure, so here’s a bit of a guideline to see if your production qualifies!
Your production must be a:
episodic television series
television pilot or presentation
television movies and miniseries.
What else is needed to qualify?
If the budget of your production exceeds $15 million or is produced by a publicly traded company, then you must shoot 10% of the principal photography in a Level 2 Qualified Production Facility in New York.
Likewise, if your project is independently produced (or has a budget under $15 million), then you must shoot at least one full day of principal photography in a Level One or Level 2 New York State Qualified Production Facility to qualify for the film tax credit.
Finally, TV pilots must also shoot one principal photography day at a New York State QPF, and 75% or more of total expenses—excluding post-production—must relate to work shot at a QPF.
More questions? Head over to the New York State Film Tax Credit office and run your numbers through the Budget Cost Qualifier.
Why Be Electric?
All of Be Electric’s stages qualify for the NYS Film Production Tax Credit for both Level 1 and Level 2 productions. With massive sound-insulated elephant doors to protect your shoot from street noise, and a responsive expert support staff, Be Electric can not only help you qualify for the NYS film tax credit, but also is a flexible, full-capacity choice for all your production needs -- all within the New York City limits.