View the following incentives and funding resources for film and media production. 

Creative Content Incentive Program

The City of Austin offers incentives to qualifying film, television, video game, and visual effects projects equal to 0.50% of wages paid to local workers. Projects produced by an Austin-based company or which significantly promote Austin may be eligible for an additional 0.25% incentive for a total incentive of 0.75%.

City Permit and Fee Waivers

The City of Austin offers permit and fee waivers for filming. For more information, contact 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000.

Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program

The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program offers qualifying feature films, television programs, commercials, video games, and visual effects projects the opportunity to receive a payment of 5-22.5% of eligible Texas spending upon completion of a review of their Texas expenditures.

Tax Exemptions & Refunds

Texas also offers:

Visit the Texas Film Commission for more information.

Cultural Funding Programs

The City of Austin has programs to help individuals and non-profits with arts and cultural projects and activities through the Cultural Funding Programs. These programs have provided millions of dollars in funding to individuals and nonprofits, including those involved in film and visual media. For details of how this program works, please visit the Cultural Funding Programs. Please contact Jesus Pantel, 512-974-7854, with any questions.

Austin Film Society Grants

The Austin Film Society awards grants to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas through the AFS Grant Program. Since 1996, $1.25 million in cash and  $141,790 in goods and services to over 370 projects. In addition to grants for production, post-production and distribution, we provide cash stipends to Texas filmmakers traveling to prestigious film festivals through its AFS Travel Grant program.