South Texas officials encouraged to learn how to facilitate RGV film productions

Director and Harlingen native David Blue Garcia is working on the making of “Tejano,” his directorial debut and his first film shot in the Rio Grande Valley. “Tejano” premiered in 2018. (Courtesy photo)
Harlingen’s David Blue Garcia made his directorial debut on the film “Tejano,” which was filmed in the Rio Grande Valley and released in 2018. (Courtesy photo)

Community leaders interested in paving the way for film production in their cities are invited to attend an upcoming workshop hosted by the state of Texas in October.

The Texas Film Commission will host a Film Friendly Texas workshop on October 5 at The Old Church McAllen at 700 N. Main St.

The workshop will provide information on how cities can become Film Friendly Texas certified to create employment and investment opportunities throughout the state.

“By promoting the Lone Star State as a premier moving image production destination, the Texas Film Commission attracted $1.74 billion in local spending and created more than 162,000 production jobs statewide between 2007 and 2021,” he said. Governor Greg Abbott through a press release. release.

Two cities in the Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg and Brownsville, have already earned certification that helps promote Texas as a welcoming place for film, television, commercials, animation, visual effects, video games, and extended reality (XR) production.

“Through the Film Friendly Texas training and certification process, certified communities are prepared to help match local businesses with production-related needs, stimulating the local economy by creating jobs for crew members and crews. local residents based in Texas, as well as creating on-site spending on local small businesses,” Abbott added.

The Texas Film Commission aims to attract representatives from the South Texas community who will serve as the community point of contact to facilitate media production requests. Many of those leaders are elected from their city or county government, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, or the Economic Development Corporation.

The Film Friendly Texas Workshop in McAllen is held in collaboration with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Visit McAllen, and the Texas Office of Tourism and Economic Development.

For registration and information on hotel accommodation, Click here.

And for information on the Film Friendly Texas program, visit this website.

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