Corpus Christi Delegation Meets with the Texas Film Commission to Promote Local Film Opportunities
Corpus Christi, TX (December 6, 2011) – Corpus Christi has film titles such as The Legend of Billie Jean, Knight Rider 2000, Pearl Harbor, and the Open Road, but we want more!
With the support and encouragement of State Representative Todd Hunter, the Corpus Christi CVB/Film Commission and the Corpus Christi Film Society met with high-ranking staff members of the Texas Film Commission in Austin on Monday, December 5th. More than a dozen representatives, including a group from Victoria, urged the Texas Film Commission to Think Corpus Christi when approached by producers, location scouts, and directors of the film industry.
Rep. Hunter explains, “I plan to help our area and the state of Texas by developing this great industry. The state of Texas is a natural for filmmaking. This is economic development at its best.”
Corpus Christi offers three strengths to moviemakers…its coastal shoreline, urban atmosphere, and industrial development. The trip was also educational for the group by providing state resources and tools offered by the Texas Film Commission. The state offers an incentive program for filmmakers with a production budget over $250,000 and if more than 60 percent of filming days occur in Texas. In addition, a database of photos and keywords allow location scouts to quickly identify a qualified community when approached by producers.
The Corpus Christi Film Commission (CCFC), www.ccfilmcommission.org, has been operated under the direction of the Corpus Christi CVB since 2008. The objective of the CCFC is to support the visiting filmmaker by providing important logistical provisions including location services, information on permitting, and acting as a liaison between the production and government/municipal entities. Keith Arnold, CEO, adds, “This is a great way to additionally promote the many assets of Corpus Christi by drawing interest through the visual communication that film provides.”
The Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau’s mission is “to drive overnight visitor$ to the Corpus Christi Area”. For more information about the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau or to plan your next trip to Corpus Christi, visit www.VisitCorpusChristiTX.org or call 1-800-766-BEACH.