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Industry Conference
Production Report
Film Tourism
Quick Links
April 2013

With the legislative session having been in full-force and a number of productions having moved into prep, we opted to skip our February and March monthly e-newsletter and head right into April. We imagine the content below will have been worth the wait!   

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NM Film & Media Industry Conference
May 10th & 11th - Embassy Suites, Albuquerque
New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference
May 10-11, 2013
Embassy Suites Hotel

Albuquerque, NM


To attend, register here:


To register as an exhibitor:



Friday, May 10

10:00AM - 11:30AM       Table Set-up

                11:30AM       Open for Check-in

 12:00PM -  5:00PM       Exhibitor Tables

   1:00PM -  1:30PM       Opening Address

   1:45PM -  5:15PM       Panel Discussions


Saturday, May 11

                  8:45AM       Open for Check-in

    9:00AM - 4:30PM       Exhibitor Tables

    9:15AM - 4:30PM       Discussion Panels

    4:30PM - 5:00PM       Exhibitor Break Down



Panels apply to three different industry areas:

Business, Filmmaking & Digital Media:

Panel Titles:



1:45PM - 3:15PM

Film Incentives: A Look at the NM Film Production Refundable Tax Credit


3:30PM - 5:15PM 

Film Financing: A Wealth of Knowledge     



9:15AM - 10:30AM

Securing Locations:  Get Off My Lawn!


9:15AM - 10:30AM

Post Production & Emerging Media in New Mexico



10:45AM - 12PM

Let's Talk Distribution


10:45AM - 12PM

Presentation: Emerging Media Startups



1PM - 2:30PM

Productions and Vendors Working Together   


1PM - 2:30PM

Post Production Tips & Techniques: Finishing Film for Digital Cinema Projection (DCP)



2:45PM - 4:30PM

Logistics for Creative Filmmaking 


2:45PM - 4:30PM

A Thing or Two about Collective Bargaining



For panel descriptions and addtional details, visit



Many registrants are also planning to attend a shin-dig after the conference ends on Saturday evening. For details, please email Annie.

Production Report
 House Bill 641 
On the very last day of the 2013 legislative session, HB641 passed. It included seven different tax-related bills, one of which amended the Film Production Refundable Tax Credit.

Notable changes are as follows:

  • For television series with an order of at least six episodes, that have a budget of $50k per episode, a 30% refund will apply to qualifying direct production expenditures.  
  • Or, for a production that utilizes a qualifying production facility (e.g. sizeable soundstage) for 10 or 15 days of principal photography, depending upon whether the total budget is below  or above $30 million respectively, a 30% refund will apply, but only to resident crew wages and fringes (when working in NM).  
  • A project now has the option to file an Information Return for Pass-Through Entities (PTE) to receive the credit.  This means that LLCs taxed as partnerships will no longer be considered disregarded entities for the purpose of this incentive.  
  • If there are any unexpended funds in a given fiscal year (meaning the $50M cap was not reached), entities that have already filed their returns and have defered payments pending in the next fiscal year, may receive all or some of that next payment. And, for fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015, if there is still funds left, up to $10 million may be applied to the next fiscal year or "rolled over."     
  • All projects must acknowledge filming occurred in NM in their screen credits. A state logo is also required for features.   
  • Production companies are now able to directly ensure withholding upfront for nonresident performing artists, whether they are direct hires or actors with management companies.  
  • In order for crew services, provided by a local qualifying vendor, to apply to the incentive, that crew member must be providing services not available in NM at that time. Certain positions will not qualify regardless.  Productions will have to provide training related to the services of those "subcontracted" crew members.

Once signed, the majority of the bill will apply to qualifying expenditures made on or after April 15, 2013.  An exception is the training component for specialty crew hired by a local vendor - this program has to be finalized in regulations and guidelines.  And as to when the informational return process will be ready has yet to be confirmed. The bill must first be enrolled and engrossed (in final format) prior to the Governor's signature; however, both of these things have to happen by April 5th to become law.   For bill details, please visit

Film Tourism  
First Up:The Lone Ranger

In conjunction with the NM Tourism Department, the New Mexico Film Office is developing an initiative to organize and promote film tourism throughout our state.

Currently, the Film Office has created maps, soon to be available on the State's Tourism site, that will list the major films that have been produced in New Mexico. These (downloadable) maps will display six different state regions displaying film locations and attractions to visit and explore.


The Tourism Department is also creating New Mexico True Adventures based on films shot in New Mexico. If you are a New Mexico business that offers a tourist attraction related to film and would like to be considered to be included in one of these adventures, please email Jordan Guenther describing your services.

The first adventure theme, soon to be launched, will be based on the recently produced Disney feature, The Lone Ranger. If you are a local vendor that had some affiliation with this production and have services or attractions that relate to tourism, be sure to contact Tourism as soon as possible for consideration.




Local chambers, cities and tribes also have ways to participate in Film Tourism:

  • webpages with movies made in the given area with location details
  • standardized signs in stores with visual clues about those locations
  • walking or driving tours, either self-guided or guided
  • memorabilia of films and celebrity visits displayed in businesses
  • film promotional displays in public areas
  • local movie-themed events
  • restaurant dishes aptly named to tie to a film 
Unpaid Vendors and Crew
If a production owes you a payment and if you haven't done so already, email us the production name, a BRIEF description of your services, the amount owed, and your contact information.  A PO number or the like is helpful but not necessary at this stage. Generally, if a production has outstanding obligations to local crew or vendors, we do not submit their tax credit application to the NM Tax and Revenue Department until everyone is paid, so please help us know who you are.
Industry Directory
Productions are using our online   Industry Directory of local crew and vendors more than ever.  Please add or update your listing(s).  (And if applicable, consider doing so with your union or guild as well.)   Be sure to categorize yourself or business correctly.  Unsure of your category or lost your password?  Call our mainline at 505-476-5600.
Taos Town Hall
The New Mexico State Film Office will hold a town hall meeting in Taos on Thursday, April 18, from 6pm to 8pm at Harwood Museum on Ledoux. This is an opportunity to hear NMFO Director Nick Maniatis discuss the mission of the film office and for the community to address film activity in New Mexico.  For more details visit or contact Dirk Norris.



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