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San Antonio Earns Listing as a Top Film-Friendly City in the U.S. by MovieMaker Magazine

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San Antonio Earns Listing as a Top Film-Friendly City in the U.S. by MovieMaker Magazine

SAN ANTONIO (January 18, 2018) – MovieMaker Magazine has named San Antonio as one of its “on the cusp” big cities to live and work as a moviemaker in 2018. The magazine cited the city’s strategic efforts to develop its film scene, 7.5 percent film incentive, one-stop-shop Film Commission, and vibrant locations as some of the many reasons San Antonio is a place moviemakers should keep top-of-mind.

“San Antonio is often recognized as a welcoming place to live, work and visit,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Our hospitality extends to the film industry, with the city not only being a place creativity and artistry are encouraged, but also where the substantial economic impact of artistic fields like filmmaking are recognized.”

MovieMaker Magazine is the nation’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent film magazine. The recognition comes as the San Antonio Film Commission enters year two of its five-year strategic plan to develop San Antonio into one of the top film-friendly cities in the nation. The San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, oversees the implementation of the strategic plan. Contributing to San Antonio’s film-friendly status, the Film Commission accomplished much in 2017. Some of these successes include: 
 - Secured and coordinated two episodes of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” which was filmed in downtown San Antonio.
 - Launched a local student film contest in partnership with the City’s World Heritage Office, as a qualifier for the Organization of World Heritage Cities’ “My City, Our World Heritage” International Video Production Contest. Fatima Aguillon, a student at Harlandale High School, took the top prize worldwide against entries from 13 other countries. 
 - Issued more than 300 film permits and assisted with productions including H-E-B commercials, HGTV’s “Pool Kings,” Capital One’s “Road to the Final Four” commercial, as well as “The Margarita Man” and “Texas Cotton” feature films. 
 - Launched, a standalone website to help local and visiting film productions have a film-friendly experience in San Antonio. The site includes a directory of film-friendly locations and cast, crew and resources, a “submit your own location” feature for owners of film-friendly properties, cast and crew calls, film resources, events and news, and more. 
 - Hosted the Texas Motion Picture Alliance’s Impact Awards, which recognizes the best of Texas productions, businesses and individuals that have a positive and unique impact on their communities.
 - Created standards and procedures for funding San Antonio based film festivals.  

“The film commission’s strategic plan was a team effort, with the commission and the film community coming together to develop initiatives to drive growth in the local industry,” said Valeria Hernandez, member of the San Antonio Arts Commission and its Film Committee. “The successes of 2017 are huge wins right out of the gate for these collaborative efforts and also showcase the film commission’s commitment to making San Antonio a true film-friendly city.”

On the horizon, the film commission will market San Antonio to film professionals attending Sundance and SXSW, offer a production assistant workshop for locals, modernize its film permit process, and host a Texas Film Commission’s Film-Friendly Communities workshop.

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