The City of Nassau Bay and the City of Seabrook have recently been identified as Film Friendly Communities by the Texas Film Commission. The Texas Film Commission is a commission within the Governor’s Office, Economic Development and Tourism division.
“Whether it's for a two-day television commercial or a two-month studio feature film, the Texas Film Commission wants each and every Texas community to be prepared to welcome filmmakers and experience the economic impact of on-location filming in a way that positively benefits its residents, businesses and the community at large,” said Kim LeBlanc with the Texas Film Commission. “Certification in the Film Friendly Texas program sends a message to filmmakers that a community is serious about attracting their business and we are excited to add Nassau Bay and Seabrook to our certified communities.”
The Film Friendly Texas (FFTX) program provides training and ongoing guidance to cities statewide on how to effectively market their communities as filming destinations and how to efficiently accommodate on-location filming activity.
To obtain Film Friendly Certification both cities had marketing staff attend a workshop which focused on the production process and how to develop and/or improve city filming policies. Each city had to then create an ordinance or policy which was approved by their respective City Councils.
The certification means brand awareness for both Nassau Bay and Seabrook. In addition, this opportunity benefits the Bay Area economy as film and TV projects often use local vendors for support services.
The City of Nassau Bay received their certification on Monday, July 11, 2016 during a regularly scheduled city council meeting and the City of Seabrook received their certification on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 during a special city council meeting.