Austin was named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2022", ranking eighth out of 25 cities nationally and placing as the top city in Texas for moviemakers:

  • No fees for right-of-way permits for filming
  • No rental/reservation fees for filming on City property
  • Recycling programs for filmmakers
  • Up to 2 free police officers, if the production meets the criteria to receive incentives
  • Dedicated staff to help navigate any film issues
  • Deep pool of seasoned crew and production staff
  • Creative, film-friendly community

The City does not require a universal film permit to film in Austin; however, specific permits may be required if a production occurs in the right-of-way, in a City park, at the airport, or under other circumstances.

Determine if a permit is required for your production by contacting the City’s creative industries ombudsman Kim McCarson at 512-974-7963.

For general information on film production in Austin, visit the Austin Film Commission, a division of Visit Austin which provides resources to film and television productions in the Austin area. The Commission supplies referrals to local crew, equipment and support services, and location assistance. For details, contact Brian Gannon at 512-583-7230.

Visit the following City web pages to learn more about film production in Austin:

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