Ask anyone what makes North Texas such a great community, and one answer likely to rank high (if not first) on that list is the local arts and culture scene. This region has long been known for its world-class museums, performance groups and venues – many of which provide free access to the arts. Collectively, they not only enrich quality of life, but also help fuel economic development for the area by attracting cultural tourism.
Soon, creative activity in North Texas will have an even greater impact thanks to a new addition in the arts community: moving images.
The recently-established Fort Worth Film Commission (FWFC) will foster film productions in the city, boost the economic impact of the industry here and help support the long-term creative climate for film, television, animation, video games and commercials.
A division of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, the FWFC was created in partnership with the City of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and with support from private-sector partners. It is guided by an Advisory Council and Executive Committee comprised of area business and community leaders.
Easy access to DFW Airport, the variety of available filming locations, availability of cast and crew, a temperate climate and creative atmosphere all position North Texas as a desirable destination for production of moving pictures.
Activity brought to greater Fort Worth by FWFC will engage or positively impact transportation services and public works, parks, landmarks and law enforcement, as well as local hospitality services and production services.
Prior to the launch of the commission, there was no single point of contact or champion for the film industry in Fort Worth. As a result, Fort Worth was losing the creative, cultural and economic benefits of production work to other Texas cities.
The FWFC launched after receiving official designation from the Association of Film Commission International (AFCI) and the Texas Association of Film Commissions (TAFC). Since its inception, the commission has touched 40+ moving picture projects in Fort Worth and pitched studio television pilots, independent films, commercials and more. It has also established collaborative relationships with the Dallas Film Commission and the Texas Film Commission.
Plans for 2016 include hosting the “My Fort Worth” Film Competition, programs to encourage film student engagement, and workforce training initiatives.
Thanks to support from founding contributors that included the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Sid Richardson Foundation, RIDE TV and Red Productions, the FWFC has been able to fund important marketing opportunities that promote Fort Worth as a filmmaking destination. The FWFC continues to seek support for funding outreach activities until a sustainable source of funds is identified.
To learn more about the goals of the FWFC, community engagement, marketing opportunities and how to support ongoing outreach of the FWFC, contact Fort Worth Film Commissioner Jessica Christopherson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817.698.7842. Or, visit FilmFortWorth.com.