Monday, April 19, 2010

NM Film Industry a Top Attraction at World's Largest Film Industry Trade Show

From the New Mexico Film Office:

News Release
April 19, 2010

New Mexico Film Industry a Top Attraction at World's Largest Film Industry Trade Show

New Mexico Film Office Booth Takes First Place as "Most Informative" at AFCI Locations Trade Show/Governor Richardson makes surprise appearance via Skype

SANTA FE-New Mexico's film industry received a lot of attention at the just-concluded Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Locations Trade Show in Santa Monica, California. Representatives from the New Mexico Film Office, Cerelink, Albuquerque Studios, the New Mexico Computing Applications Center, and film liaisons from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Lincoln County, and Zia Pueblo participated in the three-day conference.  The AFCI Locations Trade Show is the largest of its kind and brings together thousands of film industry representatives from around the world.

On Friday Governor Bill Richardson made a surprise appearance via Skype to a group of dozens of film industry executives attending a private presentation about New Mexico.

"In addition to cutting edge technology, New Mexico offers extraordinary vistas, creative talent, a world-class film and television crew base, and an unbeatable range of production incentives to help the filmmaker realize his or her vision," Governor Richardson told the audience. "That's why, since I took office in 2003, over 140 feature films and television series have chosen to shoot in New Mexico."  The Governor also pointed to the state's growing base of film-related companies, which includes state-of-the-art production and post production facilities.

The New Mexico Film Office booth took first place as the "most informative booth" out of 233 booths representing US states and more than 30 countries.  In the spirit of being environmentally conscious, New Mexico's display was "paperless" and featured two large touch-screen monitors that allowed visitors to personally search a database of thousands of high-resolution photographs of locations throughout the state.

Cerelink, a Corrales, New Mexico-based cloud computing company, recently worked with DreamWorks Animation on the 3D motion picture How to Train Your Dragon.  The Cerelink display at the trade show featured 3D video from the movie.

Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003 more than 137 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3-billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.

For more information contact Pahl Shipley at the New Mexico Film Office (505) 476-5613.  Follow the New Mexico Film Office on Facebook and Twitter.


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