‘MovieMaker’ magazine ranks Santa Fe No. 1 small city for filmmakers
The spotlight is on Santa Fe — and Albuquerque and Las Cruces and New Mexico as a whole.
Santa Fe has climbed to the top of the heap as the best small city to live and work as a member of the film industry, MovieMaker magazine announced in its annual listing.
New Mexico in recent years has started to challenge Georgia and British Columbia as a favorite filmmaking area not named California or New York. In this year’s list, Las Cruces is No. 7 among small cities, the first time the city made the list, and Albuquerque is No. 5 in the large city category.
Longtime observers said the state’s commitment to the industry has paid big dividends.
“We were one of the first states to have film incentives [in 2002],” said Jennifer LaBar-Tapia, director of the Santa Fe Film Office. “We got it right. If you hire local crews and businesses, that’s what we incentivize.”
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