Texas Film Commission to bring Film Friendly Workshop to 7th Annual Texas Rural Challenge Conference

May 6, 2016

WACO – The Texas Film Commission, a state agency within the Office of the Governor's division of Economic Development and Tourism, will bring its Film Friendly Texas workshop to Nassau Bay, Texas. The workshop is being held in partnership with the Texas Rural Challenge Conference and will take place at the Hilton Waco (113 S. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX) on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

The Film Friendly Texas program provides ongoing training and guidance to statewide municipal leaders and community representatives on how to effectively market their communities as filming destinations and how to efficiently accommodate on-location filming activity.

Whether it's for a two-day television commercial or a two-month feature film, the Texas Film Commission works to ensure that all Texas communities are equipped to welcome filmmakers in a way that benefits local businesses, residents and the community at large.

There are three steps a community must take in order to be designated by the Texas Film Commission as a Film Friendly certified community:

  1. Attend a Film Friendly Texas workshop hosted by the Texas Film Commission. Municipal leaders and community representatives who will then go on to serve as the community’s designated point-of-contact for filming inquiries are the target audience for this workshop.
  2. Adopt filming guidelines, as approved by the Texas Film Commission.
  3. Submit photo coverage of potential filming locations in your community. These photos are included in the Texas Film Commission's location database, which is used to promote Texas locations to filmmakers and to market Texas as a filming destination.

There is a $99 registration fee for the workshop which is the only charge for participation in the Film Friendly program. This one-day workshop will run from approximately 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include a light, complimentary breakfast as well as a complimentary boxed lunch for all workshop attendees.

The workshop will include panel sessions with industry professionals and will address topics including:

  • An overview of the Texas media production industries
  • How filming locations are chosen
  • What to expect when working with different types of media productions
  • How to facilitate filming inquiries and requests
  • Use of public property for filming locations
  • Location agreements, production insurance and neighbor notifications
  • How to create effective filming guidelines for your community

Questions? Please contact Kim LeBlanc, Production & Community Relations Specialist with the Texas Film Commission at: kim.leblanc[at]gov.texas.gov

Additional information about the Film Friendly Texas program, including a link to online registration for the workshop, is available at: http://gov.texas.gov/film/film_friendly/program_certification