Production Incentives Database


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Incentive TypeGrant
Above the Line Residents5-22.5%
Above the Line NonresidentsN/A
Below the Line Residents5-22.5%
Below the Line NonresidentsN/A
Bonus 12.5% for projects which complete at least 25% of their total filming days in Underutilized or Economically Distressed Areas (UEDAs)
Project Criteria60% of the total filming days must be completed in Texas

Feature Film, Television Programs, Commercials, & Visual Effects Projects - 70% of the total paid cast, including extras, and 70% of the total number of crew must be residents of Texas.

Incentive Amount:
Film & TV & Visual Effects Projects
5% for $250,000 but less than $1,000,000
10% for $1,000,000 but less than $3,500,000
20% for $3,500,000 and above

Digital Interactive Media Productions (Video Game Projects)
5% for $100,000 but less than $1,000,000
10% for $1,000,000 but less than $3,500,000
20% for $3,500,000 and above

Reality Television Projects
5% for $250,000 but less than... Read More
Loanout Registration RequiredNo
Loanout WithholdingNo
Annual Funding Caps$32,000,000
Project CapsNone
Minimum Spend$250,000- $3,500,000
Sunset DateNone

Texas Film Commission, Office of the Governor
1100 San Jacinto, Suite 3410, Austin, TX 78701

Stephanie Whallon, interim Director
Phone: 512 463 9200

Also Applies To:
Game Shows
Music Videos
Reality TV
Audit Requirements
A CPA audit is required if the estimated grant is $300,000 or more.
Getting Started
Applications will not be accepted earlier than 60 calendar days and no later than 5 p.m. Central Time, five business days prior to a project's principal start date.
Screen Credit Required
Company Registration
Sales Use Tax Relief
Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief
Local Vendors Qualify
Outside Vendors Qualify
Claiming Incentive
Applicants have 60 days from their final expenditures to submit documentation, electronically or via hard copy, to the Texas Film Commission. Projects are not in a first come first serve basis and TX will prioritize based on the economic impact of the state.
Additional Information
Compensation Cap: the first $1 million in aggregate wages and/or compensation paid per Texas resident

Projects which have started production prior to the application being submitted to the Texas Film Office are ineligible for the grant.

Texas is a right-to-work state.

Last updated: 10/18/2016
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