Proposed $25,000 filmmaker incentive could reel in more exposure for S.A.


by Brian New / KENS 5

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 21 at 7:09 PM

San Antonio may not be Hollywood, but it could soon become a more film-friendly city.

Thursday the city council will vote on a $25,000 local filmmaker grant program.

The grant would be awarded to a local filmmaker to support a commercial motion picture production in San Antonio.

"Exposure of the city visually is really important, and it's amazing how far reaching film projects can be," said Drew Mayer-Oakes with the San Antonio Film Commission.

The grant program is the latest incentive the city’s film commission has pushed to help local filmmakers and encourage motion picture productions to come to the Alamo City.

"For every dollar spent as an incentive or a grant to a filmmaker or a film production, the community receives $18 in benefit from that, so it's a pretty good return on investment," said Mayer-Oakes.

However, some argue the city should not be subsidizing the film industry.

"It's just more taxpayers' money down the drain," said Bob Martin with the Bexar County Homeowners Taxpayers Association.

Martin said the money would be better spent fixing potholes.

City council will vote on the grant on Thursday.