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Incentives and Benefits

We know you have a lot of location choices for your film or digital media project. You may even have some ideas in mind for the quintessential New England setting. We'd like you to strongly consider New Hampshire. True, we've got all the New England is famous for:

  • towering granite mountain ranges
  • pristine lakes
  • breathtaking foliage
  • historic mills
  • white-steepled town squares
  • rolling farmland
  • quaint fishing villages.

But our unique topography and unspoiled landscapes offer you much more. Think of English countrysides down the road from the French Alps. Cascading rivers, ice-whipped Arctic tundra, and dramatic coastline are easy drives away from each other. Our locations are diverse, from 16th century Europe to small town America. New Hampshire's comfortable, unhurried lifestyle couple with easy accessibility to Boston and other major cities makes filming in our state relaxed and convenient in any of our four wonderful, colorful seasons. The Division of Film and Digital Media is ready to help you with referrals to a talented crew base, location matching, technical and business data, and production service information. We look forward to working with you!

Creative Atmosphere

New Hampshire is a place where artists can come to create. The beauty of New Hampshire’s mountains and waterways has been a source of inspiration for artists for hundreds of years. Artist colonies, retreats, and even a well-known school of painting are part of New Hampshire’s artistic legacy. New Hampshire has been both home and inspiration to a wide range of authors, poets, journalists, and publishers. New Hampshire has a vibrant and varied live theatre scene, ranging from community productions involving schools and local residents, to professional Equity theaters that operate year round, to theatre companies that operate during the summer months. New Hampshire is home to a variety of time-honored music and dance traditions, quality performance venues, and highly talented musicians. New Hampshire has also played the backdrop for numerous motion pictures, television programs, commercials, and still photography of all scopes and sizes.

Business-Friendly Climate

  • No use tax
  • No sales tax
  • No estate tax
  • No internet tax
  • No inventory tax
  • No capital gains tax
  • Low corporate income tax
  • No professional service tax
  • No broad base personal income tax

For more information about why you should bring your business to New Hampshire, visit www.nheconomy.com/Why-New-Hampshire/default.aspx.

Location Matching

We work to not only find the visually right location for your project, but one that is mutually beneficial to both project and community. We strive to make your production a satisfying experience for all involved. And, being from New England, we proudly possess a bit of Yankee ingenuity and are ready to help solve problems or find creative time and money-saving solutions unique to your project.

What others have to say about New Hampshire

“I thought that by becoming a documentary filmmaker I had suddenly just taken some vow of anonymity and poverty and had to go to some place where I thought I could live inexpensively. Guess what - you can do it inexpensively here in New Hampshire. But the real secret was because – I’m happy to say neither the poverty or the anonymity occurred – it also happens to be the best possible environment, and so I see it as the greatest single professional decision I've made.”

- Ken Burns, director, Baseball, Jazz, The War

"There are a lot of states that try to lure you with promises of tax incentives and the like, but the reality is that being film-friendly is about much more than that-and New Hampshire really defines film-friendly. Everyone here has been so incredibly helpful and welcoming, I don't know why we ever shoot anywhere besides New Hampshire."

- Michael Roiff, producer, In Your Eyes

“New Hampshire offers permit-free location possibilities running the gamut from sea to mountains, wilderness to urban, historic to contemporary, as well as no sales tax, a large experienced crew base, exceptional filmmaker networking, a state film office that partners with you for real and a quality of life that is second to none.”

- Buzz McLaughlin, executive producer, The Sensation of Sight

"Filming in New Hampshire is convenient, creatively inspiring for the crew and actors, cheap, and fun. New Hampshire offers abundant enthusiasm and cooperation from town governments, police departments, chambers of commerce, and townspeople, including a very enthusiastic state film commission with people on call 24 hours a day. I look forward to shooting up there again."

- Andy Robin, co-director, Live Free or Die

New Hampshire Division of Film and Digital Media
19 Pillsbury Street  |  Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-2220  |  Fax: 603-271-3584
Email: film@nh.gov