Tennessee’s film and television industry is booming, and we believe in rewarding the professionals who keep it that way.

As long as you’re spending a minimum of $200,000 on qualified Tennessee spend, either per episode or per project, you are eligible for a cash rebate in the form of a 25% grant. We’re not big on red tape or fine print; there’s no per project cap, and this is not a first-come, first-served program, which is subject to our available funds and our discretion.

Qualified Expenditures

Qualified expenditures include production costs that are incurred in Tennessee during pre-production, principal photography and post production. This includes payments for goods and services used in the state in connection with a qualified production that have been either purchased from a Tennessee vendor or paid to a Tennessee resident. Eligible spend, with regard to wages, is limited to the first $250,000 in wages, salaries, fees, per diem and fringe benefits paid to a Tennessee resident. Any expenditure incurred before the “Effective Date” is contractually assigned and fully executed will not qualify.

Please reference Appendix B of the (“TFEMC”) Production Incentive Guidelines for a full list of eligible and ineligible expenditures.

Funding for the program is subject to annual appropriations by the State Legislature.

Hotel Occupancy Tax

After staying 30 continuous days at a hotel, production staff and crews may qualify for a rebate of all previously paid Hotel Occupancy Taxes. From then on out, you are no longer charged this tax. This tax is levied through county or metro governments, so you must check with the County Clerk’s office or your hotelier to see if rebates apply. All rebates are directly distributed by the hotel.

State Sales Tax

After staying 90 continuous days at a hotel, production staff and crews will qualify for a rebate of all previously paid Occupancy Sales tax, and will no longer be charged this tax from there on out. As with the Hotel Occupancy tax rebate, all rebates are directly distributed by the hotel.

This tax is levied through the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Please reference Tenn. Code Ann. § 67-6-205(c).

Income Tax

There are no state income taxes on wages in the state of Tennessee.

Free Locations

One of the best things about filming in Tennessee is access to state-owned buildings, parks and roads. Most state-owned property is available free of charge. If you would like to film at a state-owned location, just send an email with the location listed in the subject line and we’ll help you make it possible.

Permitting Fees

There are no state permitting fees in Tennessee. 

Forms and Applications

Prior to production, please review the TFEMC Production Incentive Guidelines, forms & applications available for download. 

Download the Production Incentives Guidelines 

Download Form A – Registration for Certification of Conditional Eligibility

Download Form A: Annex I – Due Diligence Questionnaire

Download Form B – TN Declaration of Residency

Download Form C – Incentive Application

Download Form D – Request for Additional Reservation of Incentive Funds

Download Statutes that created the incentives

Please submit all required forms and applications, including all form and application attachments, electronically to tn.film@tn.gov. To learn more, call 615-741-3456.

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