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The Wild Western state of New Mexico lassos filmmakers with a hugely competitive incentive program

New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States (US). It is also considered one of the Mountain States and is nicknamed The Land Of Enchantment. With a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth-most sparsely inhabited U S state.

New Mexico is rich in old mining, ranching and railroading towns. Filmmakers can scout the state’s beautiful scenic byways, stopping at one (or several) of New Mexico’s national and state parks and monuments along the way and find just the right filming location.

There are dormant volcanoes, ancient lava flows, ice caves, fossil sites, archeological digs, and unique geology throughout the state just waiting to be explored. The clear night sky offers an amazing view of the stars and the enthralling scenery is exquisite for any filmmaker to embark on a memorable shooting experience.

The main regions of New Mexico are Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Each of these regions is diverse and sundry in their own right. One of the great things about New Mexico is how sparsely populated it is, giving the film crew an opportunity to use the natural settings of the region as an ideal location.
Climate

The climate of New Mexico is generally semi-arid to arid, though there are areas of continental and Alpine climates, and its territory is mostly covered by mountains, high plains and desert. New Mexico’s average precipitation rate is 13.9 inches a year. The average annual temperatures can range from 18 °C in the southeast to less than 4 °C in the northern mountains.

During the summer months, daytime temperatures can often exceed 38 °C. Many cities in New Mexico can have temperature lows in the 20s and into the teens as well. New Mexico also receives a decent amount of snow and a lot of snow in its higher elevations in the mountains.

Incentives

New Mexico continues to offer one of the most competitive incentive packages, which includes a 25-per cent Refundable Tax Credit, Film Investment Loan Program and Film Crew Advancement Program. Stand-alone post-production also qualifies for the 25-per cent Refundable Tax Credit.

Filmmakers can receive a 25 per cent Tax Credit on all direct production and post-production expenditures, including New Mexico crew that is subject to taxation by the State of New Mexico. Eligible productions include feature films, independent films, television, commercials, documentaries, animation, video games, and post-production (including “stand-alone” post-production). Non-resident actors and stunt performers will also qualify. No minimum budget is required, spend requirement, shoot day requirement, resident hire requirement, prequalifying and to top the list no brokers are needed to shoot in New Mexico.
Production 

The New Mexico Film Commission guides the film crew in terms of production. It offers location assistance by sending same-day digital location photos and arranging itineraries for location scouts. It also acts as a liaison with other agencies and communities whose cooperation or services are required. The film commission provides directories, maps and other industry materials on available talent, crew, and production resources of the region and offers comprehensive guidance throughout the permitting process. The film commission officials remain available each day of production to handle ongoing requests and/or sudden problems.

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