San Antonio Named a Top U.S. Film-Friendly City Fifth Year in a Row

CONTACT: Stacey Norton, Department of Arts & Culture

SAN ANTONIO (January 18, 2023) – The City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture and its Film Commission today announced that San Antonio has, for the fifth year in a row, been named one of MovieMaker's Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker. Featuring 25 big U.S. cities, San Antonio joins four other Texas cities on the list (Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston and Austin) and is highlighted among other film industry heavy hitters such as New Orleans, Atlanta and Vancouver.

MovieMaker compiles its annual list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research and personal visits whenever possible. Cited as reasons San Antonio was selected, which were supported with data provided by the Film Commission, include turnkey film and free permitting on 250 city-owned locations, reinstatement of the San Antonio Supplement Film Incentive and growing film culture supported by local educational opportunities such as the University of Texas at San Antonio's new Bachelor of Fine Arts Film & Media Studies program. Additionally, other factors include overall costs of living, production resources, friendliness and authenticity.

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"San Antonio has a rich film history, and besides being plugged-in, friendly, and affordable, it's almost astoundingly photogenic," said Tim Molloy, Editor of MovieMaker Magazine. "San Antonio's experienced, economical crews can and do handle every type of production, from indie films to commercials to unscripted shows and docs. It's a great place to get regular work while saving money to make your own films, drawing on the impressive talent all around."

A sample of notable productions filmed in San Antonio in the past year include:
  • Feature Films/Documentaries: "The Answer to My Prayer," "Peregrinacion a San Antonio," "Looking for Lee and Liza" and "Uncle Nearest Whiskey"
  • TV/Streaming: American Ninja Warrior, My True Crime Story, Why the Heck Did I Buy This House, Edge of Engineering, The Dead Files, VICE Media: Camarena Todos Los Tacos and Roadtrip Amerika
  • Commercials: Travel Texas; The Storied Secrets of San Antonio; Spectrum; SafeLink Wireless; Kroger; Tecovas and Toyota.

"Earning this prestigious accolade five years in a row shows to the world what filmmakers who have been shooting in San Antonio since the 1920s already know, San Antonio's is a top-tier city to make movies due to experiences both on and off set," said Department of Arts & Culture Executive Director Krystal Jones. "In 2022, the City of San Antonio made it clear that filmmaking is a priority with the reinstatement of our local film incentive. Since then, we have noticed the size and caliber of film productions inquiring about and coming to San Antonio continues to increase, resulting in San Antonio cast, crew, vendors and support services seeing a positive benefit economically."

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For MovieMaker's 2023 list of Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker and complete details, visit For more about filming in San Antonio, including the San Antonio Supplemental Film Incentive, visit and @filmsanantonio, #FilmSanAntonio.

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