Production Incentives Overview
The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) is designed to build the economy through the moving image industry by creating jobs in Texas. TMIIIP provides qualifying film, television, commercial, visual effects and video game productions the opportunity to receive a cash grant based on a percentage of a project’s eligible Texas expenditures, including eligible wages paid to Texas residents. Grants vary by budget levels and types of productions, and are issued upon completion of a review of the project’s Texas expenditures.
The Media Production Development Zone Act (MPDZ) is designed to encourage the further development of permanent moving image production sites to help strengthen Texas’ economy by granting a sales and use tax exemption that covers their construction or renovation costs.
Texas also offers:
- Up-front Sales Tax Exemptions on most items rented or purchased for direct use in production;
- Refunds of the 6% State Occupancy Tax on hotel rooms occupied for more than 30 consecutive days;
- Refunds on Fuel Tax paid on fuel used off-road.
Some city municipalities offer local production incentives that supplement the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program. These programs may have different requirements from the state so we encourage you to contact the local city offices for more information.
One of Texas’ strongest assets is its depth of crew for film and television projects. Very few other states can match it: on most features and TV series shot in Texas, nearly 70% of the jobs are filled locally. That saves on housing, transportation and per diem, and these are not trainees, but experienced professionals who get it right the first time.