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Santa Fe plans local film commission

Santa Fe in New Mexico is planning to launch its own film commission to boost production in the city.

The mayor announced plans to open up Santa Fe’s appeal as a filming location by offering better production support on the ground. At the moment the city hosts only around 20% of shoots in the state.

A film commission would lead to a planned film office, and would also lobby state authorities to lift the current cap on filming incentive payments, which is currently $50m per production.

“The commission is going to be responsible for setting a broad economic plan and film policy for the city of Santa Fe,” said Santa Fe mayor Javier Gonzales, in comments reported by the Santa Fe New Mexican news outlet.

The mayor’s film commission announcement in fact came a matter of days after a former executive of New Mexico’s state film office revealed apparently separate plans for a film office in Santa Fe. At this stage it’s unclear if one plan would affect the other and whether there would be formal co-operation if both commission and film office were to go ahead independently of each other.

Santa Fe Studios recently announced expansion plans after hosting shoots including a remake of western classic The Magnificent Seven.

New Mexico is a key US filming location due to its desert visuals and generous incentive support, but production is focussed on nearby Albuquerque.

For more on filming in New Mexico, check our production guide.