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.
FACES OF AUSTIN 2017
The Cultural Arts Division is seeking submissions of short films for its 2017 Faces of Austin program. Established in 2005, Faces of Austin showcases shorts by local filmmakers that reflect the diverse faces, voices, and experiences of our City. Selected films will be screened during the SXSW Film Festival as part of the SXSW Community Programming in March, and will also be shown on the City of Austin’s channel, ATXN, and via the City’s website. One film will also receive a “Judge’s Choice” designation from a special guest judge. New for Faces of Austin 2017 is a cash honorarium of $500 for each selected short film and $1000 for the Judge’s Choice.
Submissions are due no later than Jan 23, 2017.
Click here for complete guidelines and to download an application.
GENERAL INFOMATION FOR FILMMAKERS
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.