According to a press release from the City of Santa Fe, this summer, the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County launched a regional Santa Fe Film Office, a joint effort to grow and support film, television and digital media production and related activities. The office will manage the continued growth of film and television productions; expand, grow and unify existing support services; support local filmmakers; develop new markets in emerging media; explore educational, employment and local business engagement opportunities; and recruit related enterprises. Eric Witt has been hired to launch the office, which will be housed at Santa Fe County. “The film industry is creative, dynamic, innovative and inclusive – it’s a perfect fit for Santa Fe,” said Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. He added, “It’s also a fantastic chance to showcase our community to the world at large. Santa Fe and New Mexico in general have already built a strong reputation as a growing center for film, television and digital media. Working together through this new film office, with continued input from the Mayor’s Advisory Commission and others, is the key to maximizing the benefits we can see in economic growth and job creation.”
"Santa Fe County has specifically identified the film and digital media industries as places we want to grow in the coming years,” said Santa Fe County Commission Chair Miguel Chavez. “It fits our asset-base, our infrastructure development plans and other land use targets, and it provides an increasing source of revenue and employment in the region. Our goal is to continue to support and growth of these efforts, which offer tremendous opportunity and pride for our citizens.” Visit www.sffo.film
Fast Facts from the Santa Fe Film Office:
Over a five year period (fiscal years 2010 - 2015), the film industry created over 16,000 direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs in New Mexico.*
MNP's New Mexico Film Production Tax Incentive Study Phase II Report 2015
Over a five year period (fiscal years 2010 - 2015), the film industry spent over $92M in the Santa Fe region.
Every $10M spent in the region generates over $150K in local taxes.**
Ernst & Young's Evaluating the Effectiveness of State Film Tax Credit Programs 2012
From mobile coffee carts to on-set massage therapists, the film industry has created opportunities for entrepreneurs, as well as new avenues for small businesses.
The film industry has an enormous potential to retain our film students and contribute significantly to our younger demographic and creative economy.
For a successful film that prominently features a region's tourism assets, a $10M film has the potential to generate an additional 100,000 visitors, an additional $34M in spending, over 300 direct and indirect jobs and $1.2M in additional state and local taxes.
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