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Albuquerque is one of the most diverse cities in America and is proud of its world-renowned film, television, music, and arts communities. Rich history, different landscapes and locations, creative artists, and steadfast businesses all come together to contribute to the overall magic and cultural attractiveness that Albuquerque offers year-round.​

According to, we were named as one of the top ten experiences, stating "Albuquerque is a beautiful city with tons of activities to offer visitors and residents alike. There are many things to see and do in this city, from exploring the history and culture to enjoying the great outdoors. Visit the vibrant city alone or with friends for the experience of a lifetime."​​


Old Town, Downtown, Uptown, and Nob Hill, in particular, are central hubs and attraction points for everyone who lives travels through, or visits Albuquerque. 

From artists, trendsetters, and filmmakers to politicians, educators, and business leaders – the city attracts the hip, the sophisticated, the creative, and the curious.

Our audience is educated, socially and artistically conscious, well-informed, and prosperous. Most importantly, we are a supportive community that understands the critical role the arts play in creating an economically and environmentally sustainable future for all.

  • Albuquerque is considered a top city for filming due to its talented production community, great weather, and ability to stand in for almost any U.S. location. 

  • New Mexico also offers some of the country's most competitive financial incentives for the film industry.

  • Movie Maker Magazine ranks Albuquerque as one of the top filmmaking destinations.

  • From Visit ABQ: Albuquerque is consistently included in MovieMaker Magazine’s annual list of the “Top 10 Cities to Be a Movie Maker.” Its tax incentives entice filmmakers to the area. Some have even liked the city so much that they have established residences here. It’s Hollywood without the frills – and film crews seem to like it that way.

  • Forbes lists Albuquerque as one of “Hollywood’s Favorite Cities.”

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico has been producing films since the late 19th century. Over 300 films and shows have been filmed in Albuquerque include: “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” “The Avengers,” “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Lone Survivor,” “The Book of Eli,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Transformers” “No Country for Old Men” “The Night Shift” “Logan,” “The Goldfinch,” “Roswell,” “Midnight Texas,” “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” “Sicario,” “Transcendence,” “We’re the Millers”.

  • Albuquerque is home to many production soundstages like Netflix, NBCUniversal, and Cinelease.

  • Albuquerque is known as the Big City Meets The Great Outdoors.

  • Albuquerque enjoys blue skies and sunshine 310 days out of the year, making the city an outdoor enthusiast's paradise and a magnificent place to enjoy outdoor sporting events, concerts, festivals, and more. The city spans 187 square miles at elevations ranging from 4,500 to 6,500 feet above sea level.

  • One of the oldest cities in America that incorporates Native American, Mexican, and Spanish roots.

  • We have a vibrant arts and cultural scene, largely built around the rich Native American history found in New Mexico.

  • The 5 largest ethnic groups in Albuquerque, NM are White (Non-Hispanic) (37%), White (Hispanic) (23.6%), Two+ (Hispanic) (14.9%), Other (Hispanic) (9.46%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (3.82%).

  • Albuquerque has a growing list of award-winning restaurants, breweries, and vineyards expressing it’s cultural pride in Mexican, Native American, and Spanish flavors.

  • 80% of residents are in our target age range of 21 to 54 years old.

  • New Mexico has 22 colleges and universities available to those looking to pursue higher education and a growing number of film schools. 

  • The City of Albuquerque focuses heavily on small business growth, the arts, and sustaining a beautiful environment.

  • Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico boast a vibrant selection of music festivals.

  • Albuquerque is a central hub for the arts, attracting film and music aficionados and serving as a networking nexus for industry professionals and decision-makers and AFMX is a beacon and celebration of these collaborations.

  • AFMX is the ideal way for local business owners, education leaders, government, and filmmakers to come together and highlight Albuquerque’s creative capacity.

Visit the Visit ABQ website for a complete listing. 

AFMX aligns with the city’s most popular festivals, such as the NM State Fair and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This period is a celebration of Albuquerque's cultural tapestry, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the city's dynamic arts scene amidst the backdrop of one of the most picturesque times of the year.

Whether you're visiting one of our award-winning museums, taking a hot-air balloon ride over the scenic Rio Grande Valley, mountain biking in the Sandia Mountains, hiking among dormant volcanoes, horseback riding along the river, or strolling through Old Town, you'll find Albuquerque offers a real breath of fresh air. Don't miss the stunning views of the city from Sandia Peak Tramway as it slowly climbs the 10,378-foot peak of the mountains that form Albuquerque's eastern border!  


Albuquerque integrates local businesses and neighborhoods like Nob Hill into the festivities, like the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience. 

AFMX isn't just a festival; it's a movement that nurtures the local community and cements Albuquerque's place on the global stage as a center of artistic innovation and collaboration.

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