The Innovation Group of CNY Arts administers multiple funding opportunities for professional production companies that commence principal photography in our region.

These programs offer a competitive rebate on expenses incurred while engaged in professional production activity anywhere from 25% to 30%. The availability of funding, types of productions supported, and rebate percentage offered, depends on the individual program.

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The Onondaga County Production Rebate Incentives for Movies and Entertainment Development is a new funding opportunity for productions looking to locate principal photography to Onondaga County.

The program offers 25% – 30% rebates on labor and non-labor expenses incurred in Onondaga County for the following types of productions;

Feature Films

Television Pilots

Advertising Commercials

These funds will not negatively impact the already competitive New York State Film Tax Credits or the additional 10% bonus for Upstate Labor, making it one of the most competitive local incentives in the country.


The CNY Film Fund has been fully obligated at this time. If more funding becomes available we will re-open this program for applications.

Please see our other incentive funding programs for funding opportunities.

The CNY Film Fund is an economic development program funded by Empire State Development. It offers 20% – 25% rebates on production expenses incurred in the five-county region of Central New York.

The program offers funding for both theatrical and non-theatrical productions.