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RULE §121.8Grant Application

(a) Initial Submission

  (1) A Qualifying Application is defined to include:

    (A) A completed Qualifying Application form for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program;

    (B) An itemized budget detailing only estimated Texas expenditures; and

    (C) A Content Document:

      (i) For Feature Films, Television Programs (except Episodic Television Series) and Visual Effects Projects for Feature Films and Television Programs, a full script.

      (ii) For Episodic Television Series, the full script of the first episode to be filmed in Texas.

      (iii) For Commercials, Educational or Instructional Videos, and Visual Effects Projects for Commercials or Educational or Instructional Videos, the scripts, storyboards or detailed outlines/summaries of content.

      (iv) For Digital Interactive Media Productions, a brief summary of game content providing sufficient detail concerning the themes, settings, story, characters and events to the Texas Film Commission (Commission) upon which to base its preliminary content approval consideration.

      (v) For Reality Television Projects, a detailed treatment or outline of program content.

  (2) Qualifying Application forms for each type of project are available at the Commission web site: http://www.texasfilmcommission.com, or by contacting the Commission if Internet access is not available or special needs facilitation is required.

  (3) Applications will not be accepted earlier than 120 calendar days prior to a project's Principal Start Date.

  (4) Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time on the fifth Business Day prior to the Principal Start Date.

  (5) Only one application and Applicant per project is allowed.

  (6) Within 5 Business Days of the Principal Start Date indicated on the Qualifying Application form, an Applicant for a Feature Film, Television Program, Reality Television Project, Digital Interactive Media Production, Visual Effects Project or Educational or Instructional Video must confirm with the Commission in writing, to include e-mail, that the production began on time. If the start of the project is delayed for more than 30 days, an application may be disqualified and the Applicant must reapply. If an Applicant fails to confirm that the production began on time within such 5 Business Day period, the Commission may, at its sole election but with no obligation to do so, disqualify the application.

(b) The Office of the Governor, as a state agency, must comply with the Texas Public Information Act (the "Act"). In the event that a public information request related to the Applicant and/or the application is submitted to the agency, the Office of the Governor will promptly notify the Applicant of the request if current contact information is available, take all appropriate actions with the Attorney General of Texas to prevent release of confidential information, including asserting exemptions under the Act, and provide the Applicant with full information and opportunity to participate in such process if current contact information is available.

Source Note: The provisions of this §121.8 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 March 27, 2017, 42 TexReg 1399

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