A cameraman in jeans and a denim jacket holds a camera mid body, looking into the distance in the colorful New Mexico desert, just outside of Albuquerque, at sunset with his terrier dog at his feet. The text "LIVE. FILM. THRIVE." is overlaid, with the Albuquerque Film Office logo.

Voted Best Big City for Filming

Albuquerque landed the No. 1 spot in the U.S. for MovieMaker Magazine’s 2024 “Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker,” making this Albuquerque’s SIXTH consecutive year in the top five.

The city’s incentives, assets, and crew have proven to be the nation’s best year after year. Only Albuquerque has been ranked No. 1 four years straight (2019-2022). Find out why productions are choosing to Film Albuquerque!

The Albuquerque Film Industry

Albuquerque has a long history as a Hollywood go-to for popular films. The city has been a rising star since serving as a backdrop for popular Westerns of the 50s and 60s. Today, it is known worldwide for Emmy Award-winning TV series such as “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” In addition, Academy Award-winning movies such as “No Country for Old Men” and pop culture blockbusters like “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” have filmed here.

In 2020, Netflix Studios announced plans to expand its already substantial footprint in Albuquerque, as well as its local television and film production services. NBCUniversal opened a TV and film studio location downtown, and multiple production-related companies with headquarters in larger cities made strategic decisions to open a divisional office in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque’s film ecosystem simply can’t be beat. The City’s experienced crew, diverse vendors, and competitive incentives, combined with natural assets conducive to a low-stress, healthful existence make Albuquerque the clear alternative to filming on the coasts.

Film Albuquerque!

From Los Lunas to Chama,
Netflix is in your neighborhood.

Albuquerque and New Mexico play starring roles in many Netflix productions! Discover the titles and filming locations across the state, and follow in the footsteps of some of your favorite characters to see what your neighborhood (and beyond!) has to offer.

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