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Eligible Production Types

  • Feature Films
  • Scripted Television
  • Reality Television
  • Documentaries
  • Animation
  • Video Games
  • Webisodes
  • Talk Shows
  • Game Shows
  • Live Events
  • Commercials

Location Production Needs

  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Snow
  • Tropical
  • Beaches/Ocean
  • Mountains
  • Lakes/Rivers
  • Deserts
  • Forests
  • City

Texas Film Commission

Stephanie Whallon, Incentive Program Manager

1100 San Jacinto Blvd

Austin, TX 78701



5-22.5% Rebate

Project Criteria






60% of total shooting days must be local.

Qualified Spend

Up to 22.5% on qualified expenditures including, but not limited to:

  • Labor (resident only)
  • Select Fringes
  • Workers Comp/Handling Fees
  • Equipment
  • Post
  • Travel (in-state and out-of-state)
  • Shipping (in-state and out-of-state)
  • Hotel
  • Insurance
  • Legal Fees
  • Working Meals
  • Food/Catering/Entertainment

Qualified Expenditures must be purchased through a Texas vendor.

70% of paid crew and 70% of paid cast, including extras, must be Texas residents.

2.5% if 25% of production occurs in underutilized or economically distressed areas.

Select projects in the Greater Austin area are eligible for an additional 0.50% rebate on wages to local residents. Projects that meet the Significant Promotion of Austin test or are produced by an Austin based company will be eligible to receive a bonus of 0.25% on top of the Austin incentive.

Program Guidelines



Additional Considerations


Reality TV and commercials cap out at 12.5%.

Must apply between 60 days to five business days prior to start of principal photography.

Production Resources
  • Soundstages
  • Equipment Rental
  • Transportation Services
  • Post Facilities
  • Crew Depth