Austin is extremely film friendly. With the recent installation of the state’s highly competitive film incentives, more productions are heading this way.
Texas is unique in many ways, one being that the state offers CASH GRANTS, NOT tax credits. Visit the Texas Moving Images Incentives program online for details.
Incentives in Austin may be increased by 2.5% if 25% of production’s total shooting days occurs in Austin’s Economically Distressed areas, as shown on the Austin Zone Map, or underutilized areas of Texas. Consult the Texas Film Commission’s website for detailed explanation of underutilized areas.
For help securing a Film Permit in Austin scroll down the Contacts page.
ABOUT THIS PHOTO: Lady Bird Lake was “swept” clean in preparation for the American Idol filming. That’s how film friendly we are in Austin. I took this photo with my iPhone during their filming. The wind had just kicked up, but up until then the water surface was smooth as glass.