ASBURY PARK, NJ -- David W. Schoner, Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Film & TV Commission, spoke with TAPintoTV at this year’s Garden State Film Festival about the new state tax incentive programs available to filmmakers and producers.

Last year, the Murphy Administration revived the New Jersey film tax credit as a five year, $75 million program. Additional filmmaker incentives can be obtained through filming in South Jersey locations, as well as assembling a diverse production crew.

“New Jersey’s new film tax incentive program is actually booming right now,” said Schoner. “We have more TV and feature films that are coming into the state, and planning on coming into the state, than you could possibly imagine.”

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Schoner explained that while the perks for filmmakers are evident, the tax incentive program also yields benefits for New Jersey businesses. “The local dry cleaner, the local store, the local caterer, the local supermarket--they are benefitting from it because part of our tax incentive is you have to patronize New Jersey businesses and services.”

Schoner is also on the Garden State Film Festival’s Board of Directors, and spoke of the festival’s return to Asbury Park in recent years. “We’re back in our hometown, we’re back where we began, we’re back where we started,” Schoner said. “There is an amazing energy and vibe in Asbury Park, and we’re capturing it.”

To learn more about the New Jersey film tax incentive program, visit www.nj.gov/state/njfilm