S.T.A.R.S. Program

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The Sustainable Tourism through Arts-based Revenue Stream (S.T.A.R.S.) is designed to advertise and promote the U.S. Virgin Islands as an ideal location for major and minor film productions and music/audio recording projects.  The diverse landscape of the USVI is perfect for the production of motion pictures, documentaries, television programs, commercials, music videos, and magazine advertising.

S.T.A.R.S. Act Rules and Regulations

Incentives

Up To 17% Transferable Tax Credit.

 Resident Hires  Transferable Tax Credit
 20-25%  10%
 25.1-30%  15%
 30.1% or Greater  17%

Up To 29% Cash Rebate.

 Amount  Note
 9%  
 ADDITIONAL 10%  With a USVI  promotion
 ADDITIONAL 10%  If produced in St. Croix

Qualifications

  • Minimum spend of $250,000
  • Minimum of 20% local resident hires (including crew, extras, actors and maximum of three (3) paid interns.
  • Include credits, i.e. “Made in the USVI” or “Portions Made in the USVI” and other acknowledgements
  • Above-the-line-crew member speak at local school or university.

NOTE: Production companies/studios that corporately establish themselves in the USVI for purposes of long-term production, recording, distribution and/or management may be eligible for 90% tax relief through the Economic Development Commission program.

For additional information about filming in the Virgin Islands and a list of recent productions, visit www.filmusvi.com.