N.M. Film Focus: Why Film & Media Day in Santa Fe?

N.M. Film Focus: Why Film & Media Day in Santa Fe?

NM Leg Film and Media Day an Important Tradition

New Mexico’s long history of wooing and winning production dollars stretches back decades and has waned and renewed several times over, under multiple governing administrations.

The current boon of film and television productions is yielding peripheral jobs and small business boosts as never before recorded.

Industry resource hubs such as Shoot New Mexico, YellCast, the New Mexico Film Office and the New Mexico Film Business Alliance report well upwards of 700 state businesses, service providers and contractors who count themselves as film friendly, working directly or indirectly as a vendor to the state’s film industry.

Current, widely circulated reports paint the picture of both the tremendous gains the state’s film program brings to New Mexico and the continuous peril its infrastructure faces at the hands of governmental scrutiny.

At the fall 2016 special session of the New Mexico Legislature, the state’s film incentive program may have been used as a bargaining chip to make gains for ulterior legislative goals or as a distraction from other, partisan legislation.

In any case, the public responded with a strong voice petitioning the Roundhouse to remain in support of the industry for the job creation, career building, and education and training opportunities it affords.

Everyone, from the most invested film supporters to the mildly film curious, is invited to join industry businesses and organizations in a celebratory day of events at the 2017 New Mexico legislative session’s annual Film & Media Day in Santa Fe.

This year’s Film & Media Day at the New Mexico State Legislature will take place on Monday, Feb. 13, kicking off with a Mayor’s Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will greet attendees and speak to the value of the film industry in our capital city as well as statewide.

The annual State of the Industry press conference will the held at the rotunda at noon. Multiple special guests will speak at panels and breakout events throughout the day.

Representatives from the New Mexico Film Office, New Mexico Post Alliance, New Mexico Women in Film, The New Mexico Film Foundation, New Mexico Post Alliance, Media Arts Collaborative Charter School, Shoot New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College, multiple production vendors, services and industries such as studios, hotels, talent resources, training resources and many more related fields will be on hand, filling the halls of the Roundhouse with informational resources for the public.

The annual event serves as a long-standing tradition that allows film enthusiasts to get involved as well as to join industry insiders in thanking film-friendly legislators for their ongoing support of the career opportunities afforded to them through New Mexico Film productions, now and into the future.

For more information and updates click here, or follow @NMFilmMediaEvents on Twitter.

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New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com and ChristaValdez.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.

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