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Film and Digital Media

With an aggressive incentive program, natural assets, and diverse population, Albuquerque is a magnet for film and media.

New Mexcio provides zero-interest loans of up to $15 million, which can be 100 percent of the budget, for films and television projects shot substantially in New Mexico. The state also offers a tax credit of up to a 20 percent on production expenditures, post-production expenditures, and video gaming expenditures. And the Workforce Training and Mentorship Program offers a 50 percent wage reimbursement to production companies that hire New Mexico trainees.

A parallel development is Sandia National Laboratories’ long involvement in media for training, visualization and security.

Film and Multimedia Assets

Sandia National Laboratories has been a leader in visualization, virtual reality, and computer graphics. The media sector has broad applications in medicine, homeland security and gaming.

A production complex is planned for Albuquerque. And the University of New Mexico’s Art, Research, Technology and Science (ARTS) Laboratory, created in 2005 with funding from the state’s Media Industries Strategy Project, is an interdisciplinary collaboration that supports the state’s media industry. It will include a black-box, new-media experimental studio and an immersive dome theatre.

Workforce Training

Central New Mexico Community College has a fast-track, film-crew technician program that gives students hands-on training.