September 2014 Newsletter

Letter From the President:
Dear Members, Friends and Supporters, I scream, you scream, we all scream for September Screenwriting Month! We are hosting two wonderful screenwriting events this month to celebrate our kickoff of our NMWIF Screenwriter Competition: The Woman in the Story. Whether you're a writer or not, you'll enjoy this month's creative, informative and entertaining offerings by two of New Mexico's renown screenwriters. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired and write the winning entry. We're offering a powerful screenwriting workshop with screenwriter pro Matthew McDuffie in Albuquerque and a wonderful evening with multi-award-winning screenwriter, Kirk Ellis in Santa Fe. Sincere thank yous to Matthew and Kirk for their generosity - and to Sol Acting Academy and Jean Cocteau Cinema for their gracious hospitality - and much gratitude to all of them for their support of NMWIF. The proceeds from both of these events will help fund our competition prizes. Thank you also to NMWIF members and screenwriters, Judy Hennessey, Michael Zeilik and Bradd Hopkins for their generous sponsorship with funds and ideas. I'm pleased to announce that British screenwriter, Dr. Helen Jacey, will choose the winning screenplay of our competition. She also gave us permission to title our competition after her book, The Woman in the Story. More details about the events and the competition in this newsletter and on our website. More big news - please put this on your calendar now - Sunday, October 19, 4-7pm. Our 3rd Annual NMWIF Fall Film Industry Mixer will be hosted this year by the newly opened Drury Plaza Hotel. This event raises funds for our NMWIF Scholarships and is also just a lot of fun. Come mix and mingle with all the film biz peeps, put your card in the hat for some of our great door prizes and get a look at this beautiful new hotel in the heart of Santa Fe. More details to come. Hope to see you soon at one of our wonderful September events!
Kindest regards, Linda McDill
NMWIF President



with Matthew McDuffie

Saturday, September 20
Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo NE 
Albuquerque 87109
Wonderful and affordable opportunity to study under this renown screenwriter and powerful teacher. Whether you a beginner or a seasoned pro, this workshop has great value for everyone.
Matthew McDuffie has written screenplays and teleplays for HBO, Showtime, CBS, Fox, USA, Lifetime, and Warner Bros. His adaptation of Anne Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award. He teaches Screenwriting at University of NM and is a frequent presenter of sold out screenwriting workshops.
Sign up by 9/18 at Capacity is limited.
$25 for members and non-members


Monday, September 22
Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma St. 
Santa Fe 87501
Join us for an evening of behind-the-scenes screenwriting stories, straight-talk advice and good humor with Santa Fe screenwriter, Kirk Ellis. Winner of numerous Emmys and four Golden Globe Awards, Ellis has a long and illustrious career as a screenwriter, including writing and co-executive producing the HBO John Adams miniseries; screenwriter for TNT's Into the West, the miniseries Anne Frank; Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows and The Beach Boys: An American Family, as well as the telefilm The Three Stooges. He's currently finishing a screenplay on the late comic Fatty Arbuckle, which actor Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) is slated to portray. This promises to be a great evening of information and inspiration for all.

NMWIF members no charge / $15 guests
light refreshments
Tickets available


Members Doing Great Things:

Congratulations to NMWIF members Aimee Barry Broustra and Shelene Bridge! "A HorsebackRide to the Soul," directed by Aimee Barry Broustra and edited by Shelene Bridge, is an official selection of the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival & the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.  “A Horseback Ride to the Soul,” is a short documentary about Collaborative Horsemanship: establishing a cross-species relationship of trust and respect. To learn more about the film, please visit:


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:
September 3rd & 17th  
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM

more info:


Welcome New & Renewed Members:

We want to welcome our newest member to NMWIF, Diane Villegas.

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, Trish Lopez, Lizbeth Malkmus, JoAnne Tucker, Laura Marsh and Christine McHugh.  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.


Tune in on Thursdays
at 11am to 'New Mexico Film Works' on KVSF 101.5FM in Santa Fe. NM Film Office Senior Manager of Production, Tobi Ives 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



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

2015 Women in Film & Television International 
Short Film Showcase

The WIFTI SHORT-CASE is a powerful demonstration of our Chapters' members creativity, vision and artistry.  Founded in 2004, the Short-Case presents selected films from WIFTI Chapters around the world; some of the recent Short-Case short films have been nominated for Academy Awards, received distribution deals and garnered recognition internationally. 

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the showcase on March 8, 2015 in celebration of International Women’s Day, WIFTI will exhibit an international online showcase of the selected submissions.   It is anticipated that WIFTI Chapters around the world will also host live screenings of the SHORT-CASE on that day.

Cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the top three films selected by the Jury.  The prize will be awarded to the female director. We encourage members of every Chapter to participate!

Guidelines for Submission:      
•    WIFTI encourages unique points of view and storytelling that focuses on subjects/issues that would concern women.
•    The short must run less than 15 minutes.
•    There is no submission fee for WIFTI members in good standing.
•    The film must have a female director, plus females in two other key positions.
•    The submission must be less than two years old.
•    For pre-consideration/mentoring where Filmmakers will receive feedback on their film, early deadline is July 31st.
•    Final deadline for submissions is September 30.
•    Final version must be subtitled in English (Rough cuts can be in French, Spanish, German or Italian without subtitles).

Members will need to upload their film to Vimeo and create a password at   Please forward your Vimeo link and password to

Interested filmmakers, please contact Shelene Bridge at for more information.

Final deadline - September 30.

2014 George R.R. Martin Screenwriting Award

$5000 will go to aspiring screenwriter
Must be a New Mexico resident
The New Mexico Film Foundation is very proud and happy to be able to offer this grant through the generosity of screenwriter and executive producer of Game of Thrones: George R.R. Martin. This grant is meant to help aspiring screenwriters and should be used in such a way as to allow the screenwriter to write.
The submission process will open on June 14th and run until September 15th. To enter, you must be a New Mexico resident, 18 years old  and NOT a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

Scripts must be for a feature length film or original Television Pilot, in the Science Fiction or Fantasy genres.  The application process will include a 5 page treatment and a 5 page sample script. Information for submissions are available on the New Mexico Film Foundation website 

Deadline: September 15th 
The award will be announce in November.

The mission of the New Mexico Film Foundation is to help grow the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial support and educational opportunities to New Mexico Independent filmmakers. The George RR Martin screenwriting grant is the first grant the New Mexico Film Foundation has offered.

Visit the New Mexico Foundation at



October 4, 2014
9:00am to 5:00pm
National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque

The New Mexico State Film Office will host its second Film & Media Education Summit on October 4, 2014, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The mission of this event is to stimulate communication and coordination between New Mexico's film & media industry and secondary and higher education, thus, establishing a well-defined educational environment that offers cutting edge training for today's competitive industry. The Film Office invites administrators, educators, guidance counselors and advisors from secondary and higher education to attend. 
Summit discussions will focus on the successes and challenges of film & media education in New Mexico, to include topics such as What are the issues and where do we go from here?, Issues in Ownership & Protection, 21st Century Ways of Distributing Student Films and Raising the Bar on Education in Film & Media. A broad range of speakers are scheduled to attend, to include educators from across the State. For a complete schedule and to register for this event, visit
September 21st 
Wilson Stadium
Albuquerque, NM

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held on September 21st at Wilson Stadium. The event is held to raise funds and awareness for the cause against breast cancer.  As an organization that serves women, this is a cause we can really get behind! 
Every year in New Mexico, 1,360 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 240 will die.  Let’s help make a difference by forming a team and registering for the Race!  
You can register today at
 For questions contact Shannon at (505) 331-3003 or 




Applications are now being accepted for the Roy W. Dean Fall Grant.  The grant gives filmmakers a chance to get their films going or completed with an award of $2,500 in cash and $30,000 in film products and services. Films can be documentaries, short films and features and must be unique and contribute to society. 

New this year for the grant is the Britt Penrod Audience Award.  Twenty finalists chosen for the grant will have the opportunity to enter their trailers in competition for a $250 cash prize.  Trailers will be posted on the Roy W. Dean Grant Facebook contest page for site.  Fans get to view the trailers and vote for their favorite. 
Even if you apply and don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean, head of the non-profit grant sponsor From The Heart Productions and author of “The Art of Film Funding” now in its second edition.  

Deadline: September 30th, 2014
For more information on the grant, you can go to or email



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.


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!

Regular deadline: October 24, 2014
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:

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:


Call for Submissions!
First Prize Winner: $5,000 including…
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, 
Hoverfly Lightweight Shoulder Rig
iLED, Zoom ENG LED Light
IKan V5600 Field Monitor Deluxe Kit
Assembly of 25 DVD copies with color print, 
custom printed DVD wrap-around, DVD case,
Script translation into Spanish language for submitted film
Original music score by Jay Musica for one short film 

Literal Magazine is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary 
by holding its first short film competition Literally Short Film Awards. Literally Short is an event initiated by our drive to bridge all cultures onto one collaborative stage that stimulates international artistic expression. Our mission promotes innovative approaches to social change 
through the arts and cultural influences.

Late Entry Deadline: September 26, 2014

Call for submissions!

Athena Film Festival is a Celebration of Women and Leadership.  We are a festival of feature films, documentaries, and shorts dedicated to highlighting women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. The 5th Annual Athena Film Festival, which includes conversations with producers, directors and talent, as well as Master classes, will take place at Barnard College in New York City from February 5-8, 2015. 

We will be accepting submissions for the festival
from June 1 through September 15.  

We are looking for documentaries, features, and shorts that:
•    Reveal the diverse narratives of women leaders from all walks of life—narratives of ambition, courage, strength and resilience.
•    Showcase women leaders who help us interpret the reality of the modern world—captivating stories of truth, determination, innovation and vision.
•    Highlight the talents of emerging artists — capturing a new generation’s take on what truly makes exemplary women leaders.
▪    All films must feature a female in a leadership position at the center of the story.
▪    Films that are directed by women, but do not focus on female leadership, will not be considered

Please email us at: 
if you have any questions.



Southwest Sceneworks
with Angelique Midthunder
Saturday, September 20th
September 21st

Angelique is an Emmy-nominated casting director who is known for her work in films such as Ten Years (Channing Tatum), Everything Must Go (Will Ferrell), Captain Fantastic (Viggo Mortensen), Blood Father (Mel Gibson), and Dirty Weekend (Neil Lebutte). In this class she will coach you in perfecting your auditioning skills so that you can start booking the roles you want. It’s individual attention from a talented working professional who knows what you need to take your career to the next level.

$200 per class
more info:

Acting Classes with Jessica Osbourne
Ongoing acting classes
Saturday 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 10am - 12pm

This course of classes is designed for both beginners and advanced students alike, whether you are learning your craft, brushing up your skills or keeping your acting muscles flexed - these classes will help you stay ready for both stage and screen.

Ms. Osbourne is a highly regarded actress, director and teacher working in theatre, television, audio and film in Albuquerque. This Audie nominated actress is originally from England, where her outstanding training includes: Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, London; Bridewell Theatre, London and ACTNOW, Los Angeles and extensive dance training.

$10 per individual class
$75 for a Weekend Pass
$250 for an Unlimited Class Monthly Pass
Acting Coach, Jessica Osbourne,  505-604-4522
Register at


Film Screenings:


“Santa Fe in the Movies” 
Thursday, Oct 9
7 p.m.
The Performance Space at La Tienda
El Dorado, NM 

On October 9, at 7 pm, REEL NEW MEXICO returns under the auspices of Jeff Berg, a Santa Fe based New Mexico film historian and freelance writer.

The first program in the series will be presented by Berg, who will present MADE IN SANTA FE, a compilation of 15 film clips of movies made in and around Santa Fe from 1936 on.  Titles include 'The Texas Rangers', 'Fancy Pants', 'Red Sky at Morning', and 'Lust in the Dust'.  Some of the performers featured in the screening include Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Divine, Warren Beatty, Johnny Cash, and Rosalind Russell. 

The films Berg will cover at this Reel New Mexico program encompass all genres, from comedy to drama to Western to film noir. He will offer background on each movie, including shooting locations, insider trivia and New Mexico history, in a blend of humor and information that encourages audience participation.  

Additionally, you will now be able to order and bring food and drink from La Plancha into the Performance Space, offering a casual dinner and a movie type event. 

$5 suggested donation at the door 

For more info:
Jeff Berg at 466-1634 



¡Cine Magnífico!
September 12, 13 and 14
National Hispanic Cultural 
Albuquerque, NM
¡Cine Magnífico! celebrates Spanish and Latin American culture through presentation of some of the best of modern cinema in a weekend-long program, featuring work by first-time filmmakers and established masters alike.

The subject matter runs the gamut from comedies, action, romances and documentary films, to dramatic masterpieces. Some of the riskiest and most innovative films of recent years will be included.


From the  Film Office

The New Mexico State Film Office is Temporarily Moving

The NM State Film Office will be undergoing construction over the next several months. We will remain in the Joseph Montoya Building during construction; however, will be located on the opposite side of the building.  We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you updated on any changes.   

Mailing Address:
EDD/NM State Film Office
PO Box 20003
Santa Fe, NM 87504-5003
Temporary Physical Address:
NM State Film Office 
Joseph Montoya Building
First Floor, Suite #1004
1100 South Saint Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Let's look at television first - Manhattan has wrapped, The Messengers and Dig are in prep and Better Call Saul is in full swing. Meanwhile for features, In a Valley of Violence and Burning Bodhi wrapped and Kepler's Dream moves forward. Bare and Sicario are both halfway through production and we anticipate three more features to be green-lit over the next couple of months.
And, how about that finale that just aired for Longmire Season 3?

Industry Directory

Please update your listing in our online Industry Directory and encourage other crew members and vendors to signup - we refer productions to this directory daily and it's free.

Refundable Film Production Tax Credit

Don't forget that the Refundable Film Production Tax Credit applies to several types of commercially viable projects including documentaries, commercials, mobile apps, shorts, video games and more. 

Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP) 
for Emerging Media Companies
Recently added to the FCAP program is an incentive for local emerging media companies to setup training, similar to internships, for New Mexico residents. You must be currently enrolled or have recently graduated from a New Mexico higher education institution that relates to digital or post-production technology (emerging media) for the multi-media and entertainment related industries.
FCAP, implemented in 2004, is an on-the-job training program and serves as an incentive for participating companies to provide more job opportunities to New Mexico residents. The program provides a 50% reimbursement of the qualifying participants' wages to the participating companies for up to 1,040 hours physically worked by the trainee. This on-the-job training program is in addition to the 25% film production tax rebate. Companies are approved by the Chair of the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) Board.
To participate and for more information, contact the NMFO Sr. Manager of Workforce Development Programs, Rochelle Bussey, at 505-476-5604 or 

The NMFO just held its annual State Film Liaison Network Meeting in Farmington. A big thanks to Farmington State Film Liaison, Tonya Stinson, and the Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau for all their assistance!

The State Film Liaison Network has been a successful program in encouraging film production throughout the state. The Network has over thirty liaisons representing New Mexico communities and tribal lands. This program is critical to the success of the industry in New Mexico, as the State Liaisons provide a localized approach when working with productions. Find more information about this program here. 

If your area is not represented and you would like more information about how to get your area involved in this program, please contact the NMFO Outreach Programs Manager, Lindsey Valdez at


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!

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.