Film Production Incentive Sets Northland Stage for More MN-based Movies

By KBJR News 1

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 7:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The incentive program is called "Snowbate".

It provides for a reimbursement of Minnesota production expenditures paid to film companies after their work has wrapped up.

The idea is to attract all varieties of filmmaking to the area.

According to Riki McManus, of the Upper Minnesota Film Office, the Northland can expect to see the fruits of the decision as early as next month with the start of a yet to be named project.

"I mean, we can play the coast of Maine with that big body of water," said McManus, "in the abandoned mine pits we could be another planet. And we've got a number of films that are looking for just good woods and waterfalls, and we have all of that."

McManus is also putting out the call to all experienced film hands for the expected influx of work heading the Northland's way.

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