Texas Film Commission Newsletter, September 2016

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Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter! Thanks to everyone who contacted us with kind words and comments about our inaugural edition. With summer almost behind us, we're gearing up for the busy fall season of film festivals, conferences, and productions and we’ll continue to use the newsletter to bring you insights and happenings in our state’s film, television, commercial and video game industries. 

Before you know it we will be in 2017, facing the start of legislative session in January. So we are increasing our outreach regarding our services and programs to benefit production all across the state. Finally, we are here to promote our Texas workforce, infrastructure, locations and businesses, so please update us on your work and projects in Texas so we can continue to showcase the great resources we have available in your area to productions and the public!

- Heather Page, Director


List yourself in the Texas Production Directory


The directory enables you to be represented as part of the Texas workforce, and helps us know the scope of the industry and regions where productions take place. As one of the most-visited parts of our website, it is a free, public marketing service used daily by producers, filmmakers and industry professionals to search for crew and support services needed. If you are part of the Texas media industry, please list or update yourself in the directory.

Share your production opportunities and experiences


We are always searching for news of productions that take place in Texas, be they large or small, film or video game related, and our best way to hear about productions is through you. Whether it is listing in the directory, posting on our Job Hotline, or simply calling/emailing the TFC, you help keep us in the know of productions in Texas. When our information is more complete, we can more accurately share our industry’s scale and economic impact with the entire state.

TFC reboots the Workforce Training Program


On August 13-14, we partnered with the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) in Houston to conduct our first P.A. Workshop. The result: 44 newly-certified Production Assistants.

From one attendee: “Thank you, Texas Film Commission and SWAMP for hosting this wonderful workshop. I'm so thankful to have attended, and to have the chance to learn about the film climate in Texas from industry professionals!” We plan to continue these courses throughout Texas in the future.

Video game industry engagement


Our Animation & Video Game Liaison, Jo Lammert, is taking part in multiple events with the Texas video game/animation community. This past weekend, Jo attended the Industry Giants conference in Dallas, one of the largest events of its kind in the southern U.S. On September 21, she will participate at the Austin Game Conference and speak to what the game development community can do to continue to strengthen Texas’ game development ecosystem.




The Film Friendly Texas (FFTX) program reached the momentous benchmark of having certified 100 Film Friendly communities statewide by awarding Graham, Texas the 100th spot on August 31!  Over the years, notable and iconic Made-in-Texas projects such as Boyhood, "Friday Night Lights" (TV Series), True Grit, The Tree of Life, and The Great Debaters (among many more) have successfully utilized the filming locations and hospitality of our statewide Film Friendly certified communities. In return, these film and TV projects have created substantial economic impact and community development opportunities for said communities through the direct and indirect spending that takes place leading up to and during the course of on-location filming.

Tyler, Texas became the 101st FFTX community on September 9. Waco is the next Texas community to become certified. To see a full list of our Film Friendly communities, visit www.filmfriendlytexas.com.