TEC works with production companies from the initial stages of scouting, and will remain engaged throughout principle photography. We’ll act as a liaison between you and local and state governments, and help guide you through the production incentive process.
The TEC will work with production companies to determine best practices for dealing with local municipalities, and we’ll provide preliminary logistic assistance. Productions interested in production incentives will have to fill out and submit the required Form A: Registration for Certification of Conditional Eligibility. (For the complete Production Incentive Guidelines and Instructions visit http://tn.gov/film/incentives.htm .)
The Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development’s (TNECD) Grants and Loan Committee will review the submitted Form A and perform due diligence. If your production is approved to receive incentives, TNECD will create a contract between the production company and TNECD, specifying the scope of service, contract period and terms of payment & conditions.
To receive the incentive, production companies are required to hire a third-party, independent CPA to review qualified Tennessee expenditures and issue an Accountant’s Report to the TEC. It will then be reviewed by the TNECD Internal Audit Division and, upon approval, TEC will issue the incentive payment via direct deposit.