Film in Waco

Residents of Waco started seeing cameras in their neighborhoods on a regular basis when Chip and Joanna Gaines began filming the hit show Fixer Upper for HGTV. The cameras are still rolling for the Gaines’s but home renovations aren’t the only thing worth filming in Waco.

Find The Perfect Backdrop For Your Film

The City of Waco is certified by the Texas Film Commission as a Film Friendly community. There are dozens of areas in and around the city featuring many interesting places to film your next movie or television show. From the Brazos River to the large college campus of Baylor University. From a bustling downtown that could stand-in as any small or mid-sized city in the USA, to the Cameron Park Zoo. The historic Waco Suspension Bridge, rough and paved hiking and biking trails, Lake Waco, the Bosque River, large indoor and outdoor music venues, museums, parks, sports facilities, festivals, a whiskey distillery, ranches and much more. They all offer movies and TV shows, excellent backgrounds for any film.

  • Old Man and the Gun

  • Friday’s Child

  • The Tree of Life

  • Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

  • Where the Heart Is

  • Waco: The Rules of Engagement

  • Fixer Upper

  • Wood Work

  • The Disappearance of Maura Murray

  • No Reservations

Hundreds of experienced and talented production crew personnel are available in Waco or from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin and Houston, as is equipment rental. All Three cities are a short drive from Waco. Your production won’t need dozens of permits to film in Waco like you would in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC or other big cities but when a permit is needed, streets have to be closed or you have some other special request, it will be inexpensive and expedited in this Film Friendly community.

Deep in the Heart Film Festival

You say you’d rather watch a film than shoot one? Well, in Waco the Deep in the Heart Film Festival brings quality, artistic film to Waco. Our official selections are captivating, challenging, cinematic and creative.

Austin, Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Toronto - you’ll find films from major festivals right here at Deep in the Heart. 

Our alums have won Emmy awards and developed feature films, shows and projects for major studios and TV networks. You can find their work on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

You may not know their names today, but these filmmakers are on the rise and they bring their best and news work to Waco.

Why should you locate in Waco?