Oregon has additional incentive funding available to projects that are performing some or all of their production work in locations that are outside of a 30 mile zone drawn from Portland’s Burnside Bridge.
This program, called the “Regional” Oregon Production Investment Fund (R-OPIF), adds additional incentives to all of Oregon’s other incentive programs for production work performed outside of Portland Metro.
There are two qualifying sections to the R-OPIF program.
- Projects that are based entirely outside of Portland Metro for at least 50% + 1 day of their shoot.
- Projects that are based within Portland Metro that have one or more shooting days on a “distant location” (i.e. a location that necessitates overnight accommodation, mileage and/or per diem payments and/or travel time and fuel reimbursement payments) outside of the 30 mile zone.
For projects that fall under #1 above the R-OPIF program simply adds +10% on to whatever their OPIF or L-OPIF rebate amount is. So, by way of example, if a project is given a $500k OPIF rebate after audit and it has based its entire prep and shooting schedule outside of Portland’s 30 mile zone, then the R-OPIF program would add another $50,000 on to that rebate making the total OPIF + R-OPIF rebate amount $550,000.
For projects that fall under #2 above the R-OPIF rebate reimburses the production for an “additional costs purely caused by work on a distant location” up to certain per projects caps ($200/person/day up to a maximum additional R-OPIF rebate of $10,000 per day and $50,000 per project). These “additional costs” include things like hotels, per diem, fuel and travel time. In other words, costs that would not have been incurred for a normal location within the Portland production zone. So, for example, if a feature film is shooting in Portland for 22 of its 24 day schedule but goes to the Oregon Coast for its last 2 days then the R-OPIF program would reimburse (at 100%) that project for costs that are directly associated with being on that Distant Location (e.g. hotels, per diem, travel time) up to a predetermined cap based on crew size and number of days on location. Let’s say this project had a crew of 60 people and a cast of 5 that it utilized for its distant location shoot. The R-OPIF program would reimburse (at 100%) the hotel costs for those two days up to $10,000 per day. That would be up to an additional $20,000 in rebates for those Distant Location shoot days.
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