Film Crew Advancement Program
This is an on-the-job training program intended for New Mexico crew working in primarily, advanced below-the-line job positions. Qualifying New Mexicans who are interested in adding a new skill set or are ready to move to a higher position within their craft department may apply through the company office upon employment. The majority of positions in this program require some experience in the industry. This program also serves as an incentive for participating companies to provide more job opportunities for NM film and television crew professionals. The program provides a 50% reimbursement of the qualified participants’ wages to the participating company for up to 1040 hours physically worked by the crew member.
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FCAP is an incentive for production companies to help create more job opportunities for New Mexican film and television crew professionals working in primarily, below-the-line job positions. A production company is reimbursed 50% of a participant’s wages for hours worked by the qualifying crew member in specialized craft positions
(up to 1040 training hours available per position). This on-the-job training program is in addition to the 25% film production tax rebate. Qualifying New Mexicans who are interested in adding a new skill set or are ready to move to a higher position within their craft department may participate. After being in this program, a New Mexican crew member potentially comes away with two or three film or television credits in this position to be hired on their own merit. This program may also be used as a negotiating tool for the potential participant and/or their mentor during the hiring process.
When local production offices are established, the production company must submit the FCAP Application Part I to the New Mexico Film Office (NMFO). Production companies must submit a contract provided by the NMFO prior to principal photography and submit completed applications by participants prior to NM wrap. (Applications will be requested by the first week of principal photography). The invoice for reimbursement is submitted with payroll reports when training hours are completed. Interested production companies are asked to request a meeting with the NMFO Workforce Administrator to review all program processes and requirements as soon as the local production office opens. For a complete list of company qualifications see the FCAP policy and guidelines.
- The company must be a temporary film or television production company that was formed to produce (one) film or multimedia product.
- The minimum total budget of the project must be $200,000.00 (two hundred thousand dollars).
- For qualifying projects that have a total budget over $2,000,000 (two million dollars) additional requirements apply: eight (8) New Mexican residents must be employed in key level positions or higher level positions in a minimum of six (6) different craft departments. These crew members are not required to be program participants or mentors.
- Post-production companies and digital production projects do not qualify for FCAP; however, if a company in these areas of specialty operates year-round and has full-time employees, contact the Job Training Incentive Program Manager at 505.827.0249 or visit http://gonm.biz/business-resource-center/edd-programs-for-business/job-training-incentive-program/ to determine if the company qualifies for JTIP under the manufacturing category.
- The NMFO will request FCAP participation is added to information provided by company for the NMFO website.
- The NMFO will request confirmation from production that all NM Vendors with outstanding obligations have been paid prior to reimbursement.
There is a maximum of one thousand and forty (1040) for each person who qualifies in a specified position. Participants must work at least eighty (80) hours in their hired position in order to qualify. For a complete list of participant qualifications see the FCAP policy and guidelines.
- Applicants must be New Mexico residents.
- Applicants must be raising their film or television position to a higher classification or be adding a new skill set in the hired job position.
- Applicants must work in standard crew positions as listed in the NMFO FCAP Job Titles List and perform the job responsibilities associated with these job positions per industry standards. Exceptions for job positions not listed may be considered by the NMFO upon request. The company or applicant must include justification for this request.
- Applicants must have previous experience in the department for advanced positions.
- For applicants to qualify in an advanced position within a department, at least one crew member must be employed in the job level directly under the FCAP participant. For instance, participants that will be working in the Best Boy position must have a third tier crew member consistently working in the department. Exceptions may be considered for certain crafts.
- Applicants are allowed to have a maximum of one previous film or television credit in the hired position as defined by this program. Exceptions may be requested for those with two credits depending on the complexity of the new job position and the total budget of the previous productions from which those credits were accrued.
- Applicants must not have a film or television credit in a higher position within the department of employment. Exceptions may be made for participants who have worked on projects whose total budgets did not exceed two million dollars ($2,000,000) each and the project on which they would participate has a total budget exceeds two million dollars ($2,000,000); and, the participant would be adding to their skill set.
- If the applicant has participated in FCAP previously and did not exceed the one thousand and forty (1040) hours available per position, the applicant, mentor or company representative may call the NMFO at 505.476.5604 to check on the number of available, unused hours (“open hours”) of a specific person in a specified job position. Note: the NMFO is not permitted to give out a list of previous program participants.
- If a crew member has previous film or television credits that are more than five (5) years old in the hired position and they do not have a film or television credit in a higher position within that department, they may apply. (See number seven (7) for additional exceptions.)
- For positions that are under the jurisdiction of a film union or guild, the FCAP applicant must supply a copy of their membership card to the company. If they do not have a copy of their card or are an applicant of the union/guild, membership status will be verified through the union or guild by the NMFO.
If the resume of an applicant or mentor is not available or additional information is needed, the union/guild, applicant, mentor and/or any other available individuals may be contacted by the NMFO in order to determine if the applicant qualifies as a training participant and therefore is certified as such by the NMFO
 A film or television credit for the purpose of this program is defined as work on a film or television production for more than one week where the project was not a student film, an internship, an unpaid position, a documentary, a commercial or film where the budget was under $500,000 (five hundred thousand) and the production company did not participate in this program.