November 2014 Newsletter


Letter From the President:

Dear Members, Friends and Supporters,

'Tis the Season of Thankfulness. Our wonderful members and our board of directors are grateful to all of our supporters and encouragers who graciously share so much with us throughout the year. A special thank you to Drury Plaza Hotel for hosting our recent 2014 Film & TV Industry Mixer and to all the businesses, festivals and individuals who donated wonderful door prizes. Please check out all the great pics Toby Younis (Streaming NM) took at the party!

Our November 16 event is an important one. Hope you will attend and let the board know what programs, speakers and events we can plan next year to help you progress in your work in the industry. The board is there to listen - and we'll be taking notes.

Speaking of next year, we will mark the 10th Anniversary of New Mexico Women in Film in 2015! Stand by for a new year filled with informative and fun events - we'll celebrate all year long!

Don't forget about 'The Woman in the Story' Screenwriting Competition! Deadline is December 1, so get your writing groove on and enter your short film screenplay. Maybe you'll be the winner of the $1000 first prize and a professional table reading. Much more info and an entry packet at

Congratulations and thank you to our Website Chair, Shelene Bridge. The board recently elected her vice president to fill this important seat. Thanks to board member Joan Siebens, who will serve as interim secretary until elections next year. Thank you both for all the time and work you put into keeping our organization run smoothly.

We are not planning a December event this year. Hope to see you at our November 17 Board Forum in Albuquerque and again at our January NMWIF 10th Anniversary Kickoff Event (details soon).

Wishing you all a beautiful autumn and a grateful heart.

With sincere thanks to all of you,


NMWIF President




NMWIF Board Forum

Sunday, November 16th



609 Broadway NE

Albuquerque, NM


NMWIF Board Forum

We want to hear from you!  Join us and let us know what you need!


Members Free | Non-Members $15.00

$15 tickets at


Light refreshments provided


Welcome New & Renewed Members:


We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF:


Michelle Bolin,

Esodie Geiger,

Slyvia Vergara,

Stephanie Corriz,

Alexandra Spradling,

Adriana Cali,

Laura Plunkett,

Melissa Ash,

Jacqueline Loring,

Greg Friedman,

Karen Billard and

Randi Klein

New members are the lifeline of our organization bringing fresh energy and ideas. We hope to meet you at our monthly events. Welcome!

We want to welcome our renewed NMWIF members:

Lynn Hamrick,

Robert Peters,

Rebecca Stair,

Charlie Gravina,

Robyn Reede and

Christopher Hagen

We appreciate your continued support of our great organization. We can't survive without you.

Thank you!

Our non-profit organization honors our membership.

We want to continue providing interesting and informative programs and events for you.


Members Doing Great Things:


Are you a member of NMWIF and doing something fabulous?

Let us know! We'll include it in our next newsletter.



NMWIF Screenwriters Group in Santa Fe

Get Your Writing Groove On!

A safe and creative forum to polish your work and exchange ideas.

The NMWIF Screenwriters Group is a collection of writers  & actors who meet every other week to read and give feedback on new work. For writers in every stage of development and for actors wanting to sharpen their reading skills.

You do not have to be an NMWIF member to join.

First meeting Free

$5 NMWIF Members

$10 Non-member

Actors-Readers No Charge


Santa Fe:

November 12th & 26th

6pm -8pm

Sage Inn Conference Room

725 Cerrillos Rd.

Santa Fe, NM


more info:

debriannamansini2075 (http://debriannamansini2075@




Tune in on Thursdays at 12:00 noon to 'New Mexico Film Works' on KVSF 101.5FM in Santa Fe. NM Film Office Senior Manager of Production, Lindsey Valdez hosts a live and lively radio program all about… well, you know what!


Tune in to CINEMA SCOPE radio program on Friday evenings for great news and interviews with leading film/tv/media people in New Mexico and beyond.  NMWIF member Stu Goswick hosts informative and interesting guests every Friday at 6:30pm on KSFR.  Live-stream at or on the radio at 101.1FM in Santa Fe - Taos area. Archives of previous shows at


NM Post Alliance

New Mexico Women in Film recently joined NM Post Alliance as a Corporate Member. NMPA is the Post-Production Community for NM Film Professionals. This is a vibrant community of like-minded colleagues who want to work with you. We host high-caliber quarterly educational events as well as networking and social events. We also work closely with related organizations such as the NM Film Office, NMedia,, NM Women in Film, New Mexico Film Foundation and more, with the goal of a unified voice for the state film industry.

For more info:


NMWIF Screenwriter Competition:  The Woman in the Story

"The Woman in the Story" Screenwriting Competition

New Mexico Women in Film presents 'The Woman in the Story' Screenwriting Competition. Submit your short screenplay with a female lead or central theme (up to 10 pages). Winner receives $1000 and a professional table reading of their script. NM residents eligible to enter.

Deadline December 1, 2014.

More info at at




NM FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE accepting entries!

This year's NM Filmmakers Showcase will be held in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (  on January 24-25, 2015. The Showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative local talent from around the state. There is no charge to submit an entry and all screenings are free to attend. The Film Office will begin accepting entries on Friday, September 26, 2014, and will close on Friday, November 21, 2014, at 5:00pm. Entries postmarked after the due date/time will not be considered.

Deadline: November 21, 2014

A panel of industry professionals will be judging the following eight categories: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy/Sci-fi, Horror, Other. “Best of Category” winners will be screened on Saturday, January 24, with a reception to follow where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the filmmakers and judges. Other entries will be screened on Sunday, January 25, on a first-come-first-served basis by category. The NM Film Office does not guarantee that all submissions will be screened.

Winning Showcase films will travel the state, being screened at a number of local festivals throughout New Mexico in 2015. Travel schedule coming soon!

For more information, contact NMFO Outreach Programs Manager, Lindsey Valdez ( . ( . (


2015 Desert Light Film Competition Call for Entries Statewide

to NM High School and Middle School Students

The Desert Light Film organizers announce the 2015 Desert Light Film Festival will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. Thanks to the new financial support of local cable, phone, and internet company Baja Broadband, Desert Light Film Festival will host its 12th Festival and competition.

Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled.

Categories include drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film, and 30-second commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value.

Sponsored by Baja Broadband, Desert Light offers prizes in every category and division. First Place awards are $100 each. Honorable Mention awards are $50 each. Seminars this year will include Editing with Adobe Premier Pro, special effects makeup for film, and pyrotechnic special effects. Other seminars will be announced.

Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015

$5 entry fee

All forms, including the form explaining the Entry Rules, information about Judging and Awards, and Description of Categories will soon be available on the Film Otero website

For more information, contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at or Joan Griggs at


The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience:

1st Annual “Get Smart (phone)” Filmmaking Contest

The AFME Foundation, which produces the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME), announces the “Get Smart” filmmaking contest.

The AFME “Get Smart (phone)” Movie Contest is open to filmmakers worldwide who will film an entire short movie on smart devices such as iPhones, Androids and tablets. Movies must be seven to ten minutes in length, can be of any genre and will be judged based on originality, storyline, cinematography and editing.

The top ten “smart” movies will be showcased during a special presentation at AFME, taking place May 31st – June 7th, 2015. The top movie will receive a $500 cash prize and a high amount of publicity.

Deadline:  February 20, 2015.

For more details on the AFME “Get Smart (phone)” movie contest, please visit: The AFME "Get Smart (phone)" Movie Contest. . . CLICK HERE!



WIFT NSW is pleased to announce that the CALL FOR ENTRIES is now open for our very own World of Women's Cinema: WOW Film Festival.  Celebrating it's 21st year, WOW is presented by WIFT NSW and is a unique showcase of films by women, allowing for a difference in storytelling and giving another perspective of the world through women’s eyes. WOW promotes and awards the talents of women filmmakers in many roles. Submit your film today via withoutabox!

Late Deadline: November 14, 2014

Extended Deadline: November 21, 2014

Films must either have a woman director or must have a woman in at least TWO of these categories: producer, writer, editor, cinematographer, production designer / art director, central acting role, vfx supervisor, stereographer, sound designer, composer, special FX makeup/prosthetics, costume designer.

entry categories: Short films and documentaries under 55min, Multi-Platform, digital multimedia productions under 4min, Features & documentaries over 55min

for more info go to: (http://


2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

BlueCat accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.

$55 for feature screenplays and

$35 for short screenplays.

Final Deadline - November 15, 2014.

For more info:



Santa Fe Film Festival

2nd Annual Film Industry Tune Up and the Pilot Project is Back!



December 5-7, 2014

We’re hosting a range of sessions from acting and makeup to headshots, along with audition opportunities and our immensely popular casting panel. Mingle with film and TV pros as you fine-tune your craft and show your best work. Checkback soon for a full schedule, location and confirmed guests.

More info at


Film Screenings:


Special Screening of EARTH 2

November 8, 2014

Jean Cocteau Cinema

418 Montezuma Ave

Santa Fe, NM

20 years ago Amblin/Universal and Steven Spielberg set out to find a new Earth and they found it in Santa Fe New Mexico! "First Contact" is the pilot episode of this NBC/TV series, with a premise way before it's time. Earth had become uninhabitable and humans were living on space stations, but now a strange syndrome was killing the children born on these stations. Earth seemed the only solution, and they had to find a new one fast. This 20 year celebration of the series that started the film incentive program in New Mexico will screen one night only.

Doors open 6pm

Screening 6:30

Short Q&A after

Admission is a donation to NM Film Foundation

For tickets go to  ( )

More info: call Dirk Norris 505 819 9010




Thursday, November 13

7 pm

Performance Space at La Tienda

Eldorado, NM


'Bagdad Cafe" an adorable comic fable set in a ramshackle motel-restaurant on the edge of the Mojave Desert, is West German director Percy Adlon's first English-language film. It is a triumphant teaming of Marianne Sagebrecht, the irresistible Rubens-esque star of Adlon's "Sugarbaby," and the formidable African American actress CCH Pounder.

This sparkling little gem is not just a hilarious and touching account of the friendship that develops between two women of jarringly different cultures. It also offers a renewed, endearingly quirky vision of America as the land of opportunity, not in the economic sense, but as a place with plenty of room for self-discovery and individuality.

Additionally, you are now able to order and bring food and drink from La Plancha and enjoy it in the Performance Space, offering a casual dinner and a movie type event.

For more info contact Jeff Berg at 466-1634 or at





Thursday, December 11

7 pm

Performance Space at La Tienda

Eldorado, NM


Screening on Thursday, December 11- Christmas in New Mexico, featuring a delightful and slightly corny television special shot in Santa Fe in 1979 and the only Christmas-themed film shot in New Mexico, 'Miracle in the Wilderness.'

For more info contact Jeff Berg at 466-1634 (http://466-1634 ) or at  ( )


From the Film Office:


“The Scorch Trials”

to Begin Production In

New Mexico

“The Scorch Trials", produced by The Gotham Group and Temple Hill Entertainment for 20th Century Fox, will begin principal photography in New Mexico. Production on “The Scorch Trials,” which is the sequel to “The Maze Runner,” will take place in and around Albuquerque from late October 2014 through late January 2015. The production will employ at least 250 New Mexico crew members, 18 New Mexico actors, and approximately 1,800 local background talent. “The Scorch Trials” is directed by Wes Ball and produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Lee Stollman, with Joe Hartwick Jr. as executive producer. Written by T.S. Nowlin and based on the second book in the epic young-adult novel series by James Dashner,

The Scorch Trials” continues the saga begun in the current box-office hit “The Maze Runner.” Now, the “Gladers” from the first movie must survive in “The Scorch,” a futuristic wasteland ravaged by solar flares. “The Scorch Trials” stars Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson and Nathalie Emmanuel.

Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at


Want to be more involved in NMWIF?  Ask to volunteer at one of our monthly events…or be a part of one of our committees.



NMWIF has an incredible Board of Directors!

These women work hard to keep this organization fresh and interesting, producing monthly events, hosting the Sage Award each year, producing a yearly PSA for

a local non-profit and so much more. A round of applause for these women who graciously give their time and services to promote women in the film and television industry!

2014 Board of Directors


Linda McDill


Chair, Fundraising

Co-Chair, Programing/Events


Shelene Bridge

Vice President

Co-Chair, Website/Media


Aynn Kirby – Treasurer


Joan Siebens - Secretary

Chair, Member Benefits


Catharine Pilafas

Co-Chair, Website/Media


Vivian Nesbitt

Co-Chair, Membership

Co-Chair Fundraising


Mary Darling

Co-Chair, Membership


Valerie Moore

NMWIF PSA Director


Judy Hennessey

Athena Award Competition


Barbara Bentree

Co-Chair, Programing/Events



Administrative Assistant