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Local film industry rally for state support

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- People of the local film industry are coming together to ask the state for support .

A briefing that was held on Wednesday afternoon discussed addition development of the Act 88 tax incentive. The industry analyst, nearly all 50 states offer some form of competitive tax credit for anyone producing a qualified film, television, commercial, or digital media project.

The recent work of movies and television shows using Hawaii has a backdrop has some in the film industry worried, saying that without more incentives that many companies will start going elsewhere.

"I think if you manage it properly it should be a billion dollar industry. I don't think the $407 million year should be an anomaly, I think it should be something we aim to replicate and build on every year," says Chris Lee, Founder UH Academy for Creative Media.

Other options that were proposed were state funded production programs for local students to learn the trade, providing Hawaii with a competitive work force in the media industry.

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