Local Incentive Details

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 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 $30,000 in the City of Memphis. Therefore, the minimum reimbursement will be $9,000 (i.e., 30% of $30,000). The maximum reimbursement any one project may receive is $15,000.

In addition, 70% of all crew, principal cast, and vendors must be documented legal residents of Memphis. Filmmakers must not yet have begun pre-production. 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 March 30th. 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.

Memphis Production Incentive Application