Digital Media & Film
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
New Mexico is home to one of the largest and most experienced crew bases in the United States, making the state a top destination for exciting film and television productions.
Reeling It In
There are many reasons why the world’s premier companies do business in Albuquerque. Here are just a few:
25-30% FILM TAX INCENTIVE
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Resources and education
City of Albuquerque Film Office
The City of Albuquerque Film Office serves as a liaison and offers complimentary services to filmmakers, including obtaining locations, equipment and hotel accommodations. Contact Ann Lerner at 505-768-3283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Mexico State Film Office
The New Mexico State Film Office offers many resources to producers, film crews and filmmakers, including production and incentive assistance. Contact the Film Office at 505-476-5600 or email@example.com.
University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Program
The IFDM program is designed to meet a variety of interests and needs for students, including computer-based applications like simulations or animation, production level courses, and business applications that emphasize the legal, marketing and accounting aspects of the digital film industry.
University of New Mexico School of Engineering’s Advanced Graphics Lab
The AGL at UNM is the primary research center for computer graphics, computational image processing, computer vision, visualization, game development and other related disciplines in digital media.
University of New Mexico Arts, Research, Technology and Science (ARTS) Laboratory
The ARTS Lab supports innovation and growth in areas such as film, new media, simulation, telehealth, game technology, image processing, scientific visualization, national security applications, and new markets for content.
Central New Mexico Community College’s Film Programs
The college offers three certificates: Film Crew Technician, Post Production Technician and Construction for Film. In addition, students can earn an A.A.S. in Film Technology. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in motion pictures, television and electronic media productions.
Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia Labs conducts research in several areas that impact emerging media industries, such as state-of-the-art modeling and simulation, multi-physics, meshing digital images, seismic imaging, computational biology, high resolution 3-D simulations, and automated molecular biology platforms for personalized genomic medicine, to name a few.
Science and Technology Corporation (STC) at the University of New Mexico
STC UNM is a nonprofit corporation that nurtures innovation and economic development for the UNM community, playing a key role in commercializing research and tech transfer. Some examples of the organization’s work includes sleep laboratory database solutions, personal medical record management, and dynamic software for patient treatment and monitoring.
New Mexico Film Foundation
The New Mexico Film Foundation’s mission is to help grow the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent filmmakers.
The Film Business Alliance of New Mexico
The Film Business Alliance of New Mexico has come together to support the film and television industry throughout the state, and to nurture and grow the local businesses that rely on this important industry.
Albuquerque Game Developers Guild
AGDG focuses on fostering a growing community dedicated to the creation and development of games. The group creates games, hosts local and global game jams, hosts workshops, and provides education outreach.
Programs and Incentives
25-30% Refundable Film Production Tax Credit
New Mexico offers a 25 percent tax credit for film production, post-production, app and video game creation, as well as an additional 5 percent for direct production expenditures on a qualifying television series and payments to New Mexico resident crew members.
Film Crew Advancement Program
The Film Crew Advancement Program is an on-the-job training incentive that reimburses production companies 50 percent of a participant’s wages for up to 1040 hours physically worked by the qualifying crew member in a specialized craft position.
Pre-Employment Training Program
The intention of the Pre-Employment Training Program is to provide reimbursement funds to qualified contractors who facilitate short-term intensive workshops or lectures relating to below-the-line film and television craft departments.
Aviation and aerospace companies investing and growing in the Albuquerque metro area include: