The Onondaga County Production Rebate Incentives for Movies and Entertainment Development (PRIMED) is an incentive-based funding program designed to support television, commercial advertising campaigns, and feature-film productions in Onondaga County.

The Production Incentives for Movie and Entertainment Development (PRIMED) is an economic development initiative, funded by Onondaga County and administered by CNY Arts, designed to:

  1. Attract and retain producers of film, television, and commercial advertising campaigns in Onondaga County.
  2. Strengthen the regional capacity for filmmaking by mobilizing local labor, existing infrastructure, and opportunities for workforce development.
  3. Distinguish Onondaga County as a film-friendly, industry-leading region in New York State.
  4. Create economic development opportunities for peripheral industries.

The PRIMED Program provides a financial advantage to producers of film, television, and commercial advertising campaigns for locating projects in Onondaga County. Approved projects may receive a rebate based on a percent of Local Qualified Expenditure(s) related to production.

Incentive funds may be leveraged in addition to the New York State Film Tax Credit to provide productions with a substantial, bottom-line benefit – one of the many reasons for filming in Upstate New York and specifically in Onondaga County.

The Program also provides specific incentives bonuses to productions that hire qualifying crew from underrepresented communities, as outlined in the D.E.A.R (Diversity, Equity, and Representation) incentive enhancement addendum.

To learn more and apply, please select the production category below that corresponds to your production.

Feature Film

For filming feature film projects.

Television Pilots

For filming pilots intended for episodic productions.

Commercial Advertising

For filming commercial advertising or campaigns for products/services.

No.

The Production Rebates Incentives for Movies and Entertainment Development program is primarily an economic development tool designed to help establish and grow a viable film production industry in Onondaga County. The program incentivizes productions that choose to locate their production in the county and offers competitive rebates for qualified expenses incurred in Onondaga County after an audit of reported expenses.

Answer:

Primarily, the costs approved by the program are the vendor-related expenses incurred from hotels, catering, local purchases, and local suppliers. Labor costs associated with “Below the Line” crew positions are also considered qualified so long as the crew member is a resident of Onondaga County.

Answer:

Unlike typical local incentives offered by state or local governments, funding from PRIMED will not impact other New York State incentives for film production, including the generous 25% NY State Tax Credits or the 10% Upstate labor bonus.