Qualified expenditures include production costs spent in Tennessee during pre-production, principal photography and post production. Payments to state vendors or residents for goods or services associated with the production are included. The maximum eligible spend is $250,000 in wages, salaries, fees, per diem and fringe benefits. Expenditures incurred before assigning the effective date are not included. For a detailed and complete list of eligible and ineligible expenditures, please refer to Appendix B of the TEC Production Incentive Guidelines.
Before Production, Film and Entertainment Production Companies enter a Grant Contract with the Department of Economic and Community Development. This typically happens within two to four weeks of issuing the Certification of Conditional Eligibility (CCE). Once both parties have completed the Grant Contract and assigned an effective date, the document will be activated and expenses will qualify.
To ensure all production costs are eligible for rebate, the Production Company must submit any expected increases in expenses to the TEC, in writing and be approved by the ECD Grants Committee. The company should submit all requests for additional funds to the TEC on Form D to be approved by the Committee. The Committee issues additional funds based on the availability of total funds and their own discretion.
If the production company is caught attempting to bypass any of these guidelines, the ECD can terminate the Grant Contract. Once the Production Company receives its final payment, the ECD will officially close the Grant Contract.
|Feature Films & TV Pilots||Scripted TV Series|
|Incentive||25%||25% Labor + 5% promo on resident labor|
|Type of Incentive||Grant||Grant|
|Refundable / Transferable / Carryforward||Yes / No / NA||Yes / No / NA|
|Minimum Spend||$200,000 per project||$500,000 per episode|
|Qualified Labor||1st $250k of Each Resident||Resident Labor capped at $250,000 per resident. Total Non-resident labor capped at $2 Million|
|Qualified Vendor Expenses||25%||25%|
|Loan out Withholding / Registration||No / Yes||No / Yes|
|Screen Credit Required||Yes||Yes|
|Promotional Incentive||No||Additional 5% grant on resident labor for qualified projects that include a Filmed in TN logo|
|CPA Audit Required||Yes||Yes|
Qualified expenditures include production costs 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 has 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 (“TEC”) 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.
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Prior to production, please review the TEC Production Incentive Guidelines, forms & applications available for download.
Please submit all required forms and applications, including all form and application attachments, electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, call (615) 741.3456.
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