Chair:   Skeeter Seward

SVFilmComm_LOGO-090113The Smithville Film Commission (SFC) was created in 2008 shortly after filming wrapped for Tree of Life.   Our goal is simple… we want to entice other movies, short-films, commercials, videos, documentaries, photographic studies and game development to bring their business to Smithville.

In order to achieve our goal, we have become involved with the Texas Film Commission, Texas Motion Picture Alliance and the Texas Photographers Association.  Our committee volunteers at functions, usually held in Austin, which helps us to network, talk about Smithville and extend invitations for visits.  We recently sent invitations to all Location Scouts in Texas to come for a FAM (Familiarization) tour of our area.  Ask us about our special lodging and dining rates for location scouts.

When a production company shows interest in doing a project in Smithville, we meet with them to discuss their needs.  We also make the commitment that we will be available throughout their project to help.  Having the Director of the Texas Film Commission talk about how well Smithville works with production companies in his speeches is a great testament to what we can accomplish.  The Tree of Life group thought filming in Smithville was the best experience.



The economic impact of having a production company in town is very beneficial as shown by the filming of Hope Floats 11 years ago and the recent Tree of Life.  Big budget movies may not happen often, but there are lots of other projects that will benefit Smithville.


Movies are continuing to scout the area for fimling.  Other projects such as webisodes and shorts have also come to town, and are welcomed.  See MOVIE SITES for a complete listing.


In May of each year, Smithville celebrates all the people behind the camera, the ones who ultimately make the fantasy come alive.  Event includes film viewings, a family day expo highlighting all the jobs that make it happen.  Please see the EVENT link to the left for updates.


In September, SFC hosts the annual Texas Photo Festival which brings professional, hobbists and amateur photographers to town for a three days of learning, fun and a really good time.  Find yourself through photography and take home a little bit of small town America.  Tours through town on the Ann Powell Express and photo contests are also a great part of this photography adventure.


The SFC will meet on the Third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at La Cabana.

Contact the chamber at 512-237-2313  for more information about the Smithville Film Commission.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:32

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