Local Incentive Details

(As amended with this public posting September 1, 2019)

For the past six years, Memphis has repeatedly made MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE’S Top 15 Cities List—“Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker!” Films made by Memphis based filmmakers have consistently won awards at both national and international film festivals. The city has achieved widespread acclaim for its film-friendly people, local governments, and locations.

To further encourage the growth of Memphis “micro budget” filmmaking, Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis City Council have awarded the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission FOUNDATION (aka “the film commission”) with limited funding for a production incentive pilot program. The program will reimburse selected productions for 30 percent of their in-City spending.

Applications may be submitted by Memphis directors of fully-funded narrative features, short films, documentaries, webisodes, scripted television, TV pilots, and music videos, with total budgets of $150,000 or less.

To qualify, a project must spend at least $20,000 in the City of Memphis. Therefore, the minimum reimbursement will be $6,000 (i.e., 30% of $20,000). The maximum reimbursement any one project may receive is $15,000. (The maximum amount per project which can be subject to the 30% incentive is $50,000. 30% of $50,000 is $15,000.)

In addition, 70% of all crew, principal cast, and vendors must be documented legal residents of Memphis. 70% of all filming locations must be within City of Memphis limits. Productions in all stages of production maybe submitted to the Committee for consideration. Diversity among the applicants is strongly encouraged.

A Committee assembled by the Film Commission will review and approve applications. The Committee will begin reviewing applications on September 27th. Cash refunds will be granted after all program requirements have been met, documented, and confirmed. An audit by an independent C.P.A. selected by the Film Commission will be required; that CPA will be paid by the Film Commission.

The funds for this trial period are limited. Incentive awards will continue only until the grant funds are depleted.

Memphis Production Incentive Application