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Austin Tops in Film

January 30, 2008

Austin Business Journal reports that MovieMaker magazine has listed Austin as #1 on the “Top Ten US Cities to Live, Work and Make Movies”.  Austin has ranked in the top 3 for the past 7 consecutive years.

“So what criteria determined the final rankings? Well, quality and quantity both carried a lot of weight in terms of the local talent pool, production facilities, educational opportunities, networking events,film festivals and other screening venues. Enthusiasm—on the part of the local moviemaking community, film office and cineastes—meant something, too.” MovieMaking Magazine (emphasis added)

So what helped make Austin a #1 city?

“Austin is the prime example of a Texas city that has caught onto a deceptively simple tactic not always employed in many other cities or states or within the film industry in general: cooperation,” says MovieMaker.

The Austin Film Commission also has a program that gives film crews discounts at local businesses.  All of this makes people in the film industry want to live in Austin and to produce, film, edit and distribute film from here.  As a result of a good policy by the city of Austin and excellent supporting structures such as the AFM, the city continues to be a cultural shaper in Texas and beyond.  And that is good news for those of us who are working to bring a message of hope and reconciliation to the world.

Add to this, the fact that Tim & Karrie League, the owners of the Alamo Drafthouse, were recently listed by Texas Monthly as one of the top 35  people who will shape our future.

So, if you want to produce a film, direct a film, act in a film, edit a film, work on a film set or even if you want to see a film, then you should be in Austin, TX.  At least according to MovieMaker Magazine anyway.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2008 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the mention. The issue is on newsstands now, or can be purchased online for $5.95 at

    Also: Readers of this site can take advantage of a special rate on the magazine–just $9.95 for one year ($37.70 on newsstands) by logging on to

    Your Friends at MovieMaker

  2. January 30, 2008 7:36 pm

    didn’t know you guys had a blog. Glad I found it though. Did you just welcome a new baby into the family?

  3. January 30, 2008 10:16 pm

    We sure did. Check out for the info and some photos.

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