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Illinois Shatters Record for Film Revenues

June 16, 2022 Illinois Shatters Record for Film Revenues with $630 Million in Economic Impact in 2021 Film production revenue surpasses pre-pandemic levels in 2019 — signaling a strong recovery and positive economic impact for communities

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CHICAGO Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced that projected film production revenue in 2021 hit a record high of $630 million, shattering pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by $70 million. Film production revenues are the costs associated with film, television, streaming, and digital media, which have steadily increased over the past 10 years. Additionally, film permits issued by the City of Chicago have also reached pre-pandemic levels. “Illinois has always played a special role in the zeitgeist of American culture, and as a state, we’re proud to be on full display during what has become a golden age of film and television,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “The fact that we have surpassed pre-pandemic levels speaks to the strength of our high-quality filming facilities, locations and initiatives like the film Production Tax Credit.” In addition to film revenues statistics, which are collected by the state as part of the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit, the Chicago Film Office at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) recorded gains in the number of permits administered. Additionally, in 2021, Chicago Film Office launched a new “Chicago Made” initiative to strengthen Chicago’s TV and film industry — including a workforce development program and public awareness campaign based on recommendations from the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.


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