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The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) has announced that 20 film programs at higher education institutions throughout New Mexico – including New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College – have received a total of $330,000 in funding from the NFO’s Non-Resident Below-the-Line Crew Credit Program.
Funds will be utilized to purchase equipment, software, materials and supplies and can be applied to student scholarship programs and other student opportunities, NMFO said in a news release.
The Giveback funds come from film and television production companies that have taken part in the state’s film incentive program. The purpose of the program is to strengthen New Mexico’s educational programs that teach film/television production and related fields, thereby supporting growth of the film industry workforce in New Mexico.
“The Giveback Program was established to ensure production companies that come to New Mexico, also make an investment in New Mexico’s future workforce," said New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes.
NMFO is part of NMEDD.
Schools receiving funding include DACC and NMSU Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Carlsbad and Grants.
“These awards are another example of the positive and wide-reaching impact film and TV production has on a community, beyond just the cast and crew, or even shooting location. Students in Alamogordo and Portales benefit from productions that are shot in Albuquerque and Las Cruces," NMFO Director Amber Dodson said. "The funds from the studios and production companies are an important contribution to, and a long-term investment in, New Mexico’s film industry, and are key to continuing to support and expand our world-class workforce.”
The Giveback program was initiated to support the growth of the New Mexico film industry’s future workforce. Productions filmed in New Mexico that participate in the Non-Resident Below-the-Line Crew Credit Program are required to provide 2.5 percent of direct production expenditures for the payment of wages, fringe benefits, and per diem for non-resident industry crew to support educational or workforce development efforts in New Mexico.