2019 a blockbuster year for the Albuquerque Film Office, more expected in 2020.
MovieMaker Magazine announced today that Albuquerque, for a second year in a row, is the #1 Best Place to Live and Work as a MovieMaker in 2020. In the Big Cities category, Albuquerque came in ranked ahead of competitors including Chicago, Vancouver, and Atlanta.
“Our efforts are paying off, Albuquerque is the place to be if you are in the film, TV and digital media industry,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “With good local jobs and business partnerships, the arrival of major production studios like Netflix and NBC Universal, and growing independent film production, Albuquerque is a national hub for film, and we’re going to keep building this momentum in the years to come.”
"We again chose Albuquerque as our best city for moviemakers because of the film explosion in the region, including Netflix and NBC Universal's commitment to spend hundreds of millions in productions in the next few years. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are incredible advertisements for Albuquerque's stunning vistas and diverse locations, and the region has built on them to lure other top-quality productions.” said Tim Molloy, Editor-in-Chief, MovieMager Magazine. He added, “The region is truly committed to film, while remaining comfortable and affordable. And it doesn't hurt that it has some of the best food, weather, and culture in the country."
Albuquerque had a blockbuster year in 2019. The Albuquerque Film Office recorded unprecedented growth, from 292 permits in 2018 to 448 permits last year, a 53 percent increase. The caliber of films and television shows being produced here are nothing short of red-carpet. In 2019 Albuquerque welcomedAngelina Jolie, filming Those Who Wish Me Dead; Tom Hanks for NBCUniversal’s Bios; Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones for The Comeback Trail; Rosario Dawson for NBC Universal’s Briarpatch. And of course local favorite Bob Odenkirk reprised the role of Saul Goodman in Sony Pictures’Better Call Saul.
“Albuquerque offers filmmakers what other places just can’t buy—world-class crews, diverse locations, great weather, close proximity to Los Angeles, and of course, a fantastic production tax credit.” said Amber Dodson, Film Liaison, Albuquerque Film Office, City of Albuquerque.
In addition to Albuquerque’s ranking, Santa Fe, NM was ranked #3 Best Places to Live and Work as A MovieMaker in the Small Cities and Towns category, supporting a regional commitment to a booming industry.
Read MovieMaker Magazine’s full story at their website.
City of Albuquerque Hosts Virtual One Albuquerque: Youth Job & Volunteer FairLive presentations and interviews, plus helpful tips and a fun job placement quiz
Mayor Tim Keller’s One ABQ Youth Connect is hosting its annual Youth Job and Volunteer Fair virtually this year, and young people across the City are invited to come find out more about the thousands of opportunities to work or volunteer with the City of Albuquerque. The event will be online at cabq.gov/jobfair on Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair is a chance for youth 14 to 25 years old to learn about job and volunteer opportunities with the City of Albuquerque and around the city.
“When COVID hit we made sure the youth programming that is a lifeline for so many hard-working families—including the nearly 1,000 jobs we created for young people this year—kept going, even when other cities were pulling the plug,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “This year, our commitment to keeping youth engaged continues and we invite all of you to come check out the Youth Job and Volunteer Fair.”
Youth who wish to participate in the job fair this year are encouraged to visit cabq.gov/jobfair now to:
On the day of the fair, Youth Connect will host live Zoom interviews with applicants (participants must register for an interview time by Feb. 4). Ongoing, live Zoom breakout sessions will also be available on the day of the fair. The breakout sessions will cover drug testing policies, professionalism in the workplace, using Workforce Solutions career exploration tools, and finance management.
“Youth job and volunteer opportunities are a great way to build life-long skills that benefit our entire community,” said Cristin Chavez-Smith, Family and Community Services Division Manager. “We are building on the success of our in-person job fairs and creating a way for young people across the city to find and navigate available jobs and volunteer opportunities.”
Since the beginning of his administration, Mayor Keller has led an expansion of youth programming, including youth hires and volunteers at the City. Although the public health emergency shifted many things in 2020, the City continued to step up for families and essential workers by offering 42 in-person programs with 59,460 participants at 202 sites and 28 virtual programs with 18,119 participants. During the summer of 2020, the City hired 895 youth staff and offered 130 internships.
Learn more about this year’s Youth and Volunteer Job Fair at cabq.gov/jobfair.
2020 has been a year to remember. Even in these trying times, there were some rays of light within the community. KRQE News 13 looked back on some of the heartwarming and bizarre stories of the year.