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Stacey Norton (Arts)
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San Antonio Named Among 20 Best Cities to Live and Work for Moviemakers for Second Consecutive Year

San Antonio Named Among 20 Best Cities to

Live and Work for Moviemakers for Second Consecutive Year


SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 31, 2020) MovieMaker Magazine announced today it selected San Antonio as one of its top 20 big cities to “Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2020.” This is the second consecutive year San Antonio makes the list.


MovieMaker determined the winners using surveys, editorial research on tax incentives and recent productions, and personal visits to most of the locations on the list. The full list of winning cities and towns is below.


"We’ve been impressed with San Antonio’s continued commitment to being a city friendly to moviemakers,” said MovieMaker Editor-in-Chief Tim Molloy. “It often takes a village to make a movie and San Antonio has demonstrated that its entire community – from traditional film resources to the buy-in of businesses and government – creates a foundation for moviemakers to keep building on.”


The San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the Department of Arts & Culture, provides initial location scouting, film permitting and liaison services. San Antonio offers the strongest film incentive of all Texas cities with its local film rebate of 7.5 percent. The incentive is friendly to most budgets and projects with a $100,000 minimum expenditure to receive the incentive and can also be paired with the State of Texas film rebate of up to 22.5 percent.


“We were not surprised to hear of San Antonio’s inclusion in MovieMaker’s list,” said Edwin Licona, Producer of the HBO Latino comedy special, “Entre Nos”. “The city truly opened its arms to our production with experienced and friendly crew and locations, enthusiastic audience members, and an easy-to-work-with Film Commission. All of these factors made our experience in San Antonio enjoyable just as much as productive.”


This recognition comes as the San Antonio Film Commission enters year four of its five-year strategic plan to ensure San Antonio is one of the top film-friendly cities in the nation. Contributing to San Antonio’s film-friendly status, the Film Commission assisted many productions in 2019 including shows on Lifetime, PBS, Travel Channel, HGTV, Univision and HBO as well as commercials and films – including short films as part of the commission’s Local Filmmaker Grant program that provides local filmmakers $5,000 grants for their projects.

On the immediate horizon, the Film Commission will market San Antonio to film professionals attending SXSW, launch its 2020 #FilmSA Contest in partnership with the City of San Antonio’s World Heritage Office and offer a Film Commission 101 workshop.


MovieMaker provides the latest coverage on the art and craft of making movies. Its 2020 list of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker appears in its Winter 2020 issue and the issue is available on newsstands in February. For the complete 2020 list of Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker, visit


About the San Antonio Film Commission

The San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, is a go-to resource for filmmakers. As a full-service agency that promotes the art and craft of moviemaking in San Antonio, the film commission provides an array of services available to filmmakers including: location scouting, liaison services, permitting, crew and casting calls, and more. For more information about the San Antonio Film Commission, visit

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