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RULE §121.4Ineligible Projects

(a) The following types of projects are not eligible for grants under this program:

  (1) pornography or obscene material, as defined by Section 43.21 of the Texas Penal Code;

  (2) news, current event or public access programming, political advertising, including public service announcements which advance a public policy or political position, or programs that include weather or market reports;

  (3) local events or religious services;

  (4) productions not intended for commercial, educational, or instructional distribution;

  (5) sporting events or activities;

  (6) awards shows, galas, telethons or programs that solicit funds;

  (7) projects intended for undergraduate or graduate course credit;

  (8) application software, system software, or middleware;

  (9) casino-type video games and interactive digital media experiences used in a gambling device, as such term is defined in Section 47.01 of the Texas Penal Code; or

  (10) Commercials or advertising for the State of Texas or any Texas state agency or department.

(b) The Texas Film Commission (Commission) is not required to act on any application and may deny an application or eventual grant payments because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion, as determined by the Commission. In determining whether to act on or deny an application, the Commission shall consider general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the citizens of Texas. As part of the preliminary application process, the Commission shall review the Content Document, as defined in §121.8(a)(1)(C) of this Chapter and shall advise the potential Applicant on whether the content precludes the project from receiving a grant.

(c) Once an approved project has been completed, the Commission shall review the final content before issuing the grant payment to determine if any substantial changes occurred during Production to include content described by Subsection (a) or (b) of this Section.

Source Note: The provisions of this §121.4 adopted to be effective March 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 2019; amended to be effective November 22, 2009, 34 TexReg 8029; amended to be effective August 28, 2011, 36 TexReg 5201; amended to be effective September 5, 2013, 38 TexReg 5714; amended to be effective May 21, 2023, 48 TexReg 2484

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