Jan 18, 2024

LAS CRUCES, NM – January 18, 2024 – Film Las Cruces today announced that for the second year in a row, the City of Las Cruces has been named one of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2024 by MovieMaker Magazine. MovieMaker compiles its annual prestigious list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research, and personal visits.

President of Film Las Cruces and New Mexico State Senator, Jeff Steinborn applauded the national recognition Las Cruces is gaining “We are so proud of our community for this accomplishment. It’s a testament to our years of hard work showcasing our beautiful authentic locations, talented crew and filmmakers, and strategically building our state’s film incentive to support up and coming film centers like Las Cruces. We’re going to keep working hard to grow these jobs in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County.”

“Las Cruces is back on the list thanks to some of the best tax incentives of any film town, anywhere, and its rising status in the thriving New Mexico film and TV industry. It has natural beauty, affordability, and a tight-knit community of artists,” said Tom Molloy, editor of MovieMaker Magazine.

“Las Cruces continues to be a great home for productions as it grows in the film world, so it’s very satisfying to see it be acknowledged by the industry,” said Andrew Jara, Film Liaison for Film Las Cruces. “Our film office prides itself on the excellent customer service we provide prospective and active productions, and this is a very important ingredient in our success.”

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Here’s the list of MovieMaker’s Best Small Cities and Towns to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2024:

  1. Richmond, Virgina
  2. St. Petersburg, Florida
  3. Las Cruces, New Mexico
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. Knoxville, Tennessee
  6. Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  7. Wilmington, North Carolina
  8. Savannah, Georgia
  9. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  10. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Here’s the top ten list of MovieMaker’s 2024 Best Cities to Live and Work as a Moviemaker:

  1. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  2. Chicago, Illinois
  3. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  4. Miami, Florida
  5. Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canda
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. New Orleans, Louisiana
  9. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  10. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. Our list of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2024 appears in our new issue.

To learn more about filming in Las Cruces and southern New Mexico, please visit our brand new website:


MovieMaker editor-in-chief Tim Molloy:
Film Las Cruces Film Liaison Andrew Jara: