Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP)

FCAP application must be submitted 30 calendar days to commencement of any FCAP eligible training. The FCAP grant agreement can be amended within the 1st week of filming. Training dates begin when the FCAP grant agreement is fully executed and will not include dates prior to the contract date. FCAP process must be completed via the Salesforce portal.

This on-the-job training focuses on NM residents, working primarily in technical positions.  FCAP provides as an incentive for participating companies to create job opportunities for New Mexico residents to advance their careers.  All FCAP participants must have a mentor. The FCAP program provides a 50% reimbursement of the qualifying participants’ wages for up to 1040 hours physically worked by the crew member.  Companies are approved by the Chair of the JTIP Board. Example: a NM Grip who is ready to move up to the Best Boy position would qualify. The Key Grip would be that crew member’s mentor.  


    FCAP Portal Access (if you have already created a portal registration for your current project)

    FCAP Guidelines

    Phase II: FCAP Trainee Application

    FCAP Approved Job Titles

    Phase III: Estimated FCAP reimbursement calculation


      • The FCAP portal works best with Chrome, Safari and Firefox. If the “user” has created an account with another project – we recommend that the “user” create a new account with a new email address (i.e. create a production email).  
      • For qualifying productions that have a total  NM budget is over $2M there are additional requirements.  Production must provide a list of 8 NM residents employed in higher-level positions in a minimum of 6 different craft departments.  

      Phase I: FCAP company application must be completed at least 30 days before principal photography begins. FCAP company must have a fully executed FCAP grant agreement before principal photography begins. 

      Phase II: Must be completed must be completed within the 1st week of principal photography.  Submission of FCAP trainee applications, resumes, copy of deal memos and NM driver's licenses attached to the portal. Preliminary crew list and call sheet showing FCAP trainees and mentors is required (production will need to highlight trainees in yellow and mentors in another color).

      Phase III: Completed after wrap.  Submission of final crew list and call sheet showing FCAP trainees and mentors is required (production will need to highlight trainees in yellow and mentors in another color). A PDF of the detailed earnings reports are requested. 

      Helpful notes:
      -FCAP trainees must work a minimum of 80 hours. 
      -1040 hours is the max allowed.
      -Hours may be updated if the FCAP trainee has “open” hours from another production.
      -Only hours physically worked will be approved (i.e. standard time, over time, 6th day, etc.).
      -Hourly wage must be consistent.
      -Benefits, kit rentals, etc. are not allowed.

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