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California holds its final film tax credit lottery

California holds its final film tax credit lottery

The California Film Commission this week held its final film tax credit lottery, closing the chapter on a controversial program that frustrated many film producers.

On Wednesday, the commission held its seventh and final lottery as it phased out the old film incentives program with a new and expanded version intended to keep more production from fleeing California.

The lottery was typically oversubscribed: The commission said 18 independent films were selected at random from 246 applications for tax credits. The commission did not identify the projects, saying their applications were subject to further review. Another 228 applications were put on a waiting...

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