Richmond has again been named by MovieMaker magazine as a top place in the country for filmmakers to practice their craft.

Virginia’s capital took the No. 5 spot on the magazine’s “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2020” list of 10 smaller cities and towns. Richmond took the same spot on the same list in 2017 and last year was named No. 10 on the list.

MovieMaker, which also ranked its top 20 big cities, determined the winners using surveys, editorial research on tax incentives and recent productions, and personal visits to most of the locations. Here is the full list of the winning smaller cities and towns:

10. Newark, N.J.

9. Wilmington, N.C.

8. Providence, R.I.

7. Knoxville, Tenn.

6. Ashland, Ore.

5. Richmond

4. Pittsburgh

3. Santa Fe, N.M.

2. New Orleans

1. Savannah, Ga.

“Richmond offers the perfect palette to filmmakers. Pristinely preserved history, a variety of landscapes, a thriving downtown, and 3,000 acres of state-owned scenic backlot are all within an easy drive,” Andy Edmunds, director of the Virginia Film Office, said in a statement.

“Add to that award-winning restaurants, dozens of breweries, a world-class arts scene and a warm, welcoming community — visiting filmmakers tend to look for ways to stick around after wrap. We are excited by the momentum this lucrative industry has gained in Virginia and the tremendous opportunities it continues to provide our workers and businesses.”

He mentioned the recent flurry of filmmaking around Richmond and Virginia, including AMC’s upcoming “The Walking Dead: The World Beyond,” Ethan Hawke’s limited series “The Good Lord Bird” on Showtime, and CBS Studios’ “Swagger.”

For both of MovieMaker’s lists for 2020, go to

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