The City of Austin realizes and appreciates the value of the film industry. An economic impact study commissioned in 2011 estimates the total economic impact of film and visual media at a little over $280 million annually.
We strive to make Austin the best place for filmmakers to live and work. Here are some of the reasons MovieMaker ranked us #1 on their 2015 list of Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker:
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 of Austin does not require filmmakers to get a “film permit” before filming in our city; however, specific permits may be required if filming occurs in the right-of-way, in a City park, at the airport, or under other circumstances. Please review the FAQ to determine whether a permit is required for your production or contact Jim Butler at 512-974-6318 with any questions.