October 2015 Newsletter


Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

It has been my great honor to serve as NMWIF president for the past four years. I am grateful to so many people for their support and encouragement, both to me personally and to our organization. Thank you to the wonderful women who serve on our board of directors. They are all talented, vibrant women who give their precious time and their brilliant ideas to keep NMWIF steady and growing in our NM Film Industry. Big, heartfelt thanks to our administrative assistant, Reina, and my partner/sweetheart, Stu Goswick, for the thousands of hours of assistance and advice they have me/NMWIF. 

When I accepted this position, my intent was to make our organization welcoming, supportive (with A+ programs and networking) and to make it all fun and encouraging. Watching people make friendships and build great working relationships has been so gratifying. I have made wonderful personal and business friends through NMWIF! I encourage all of you to take advantage of what NMWIF offers and do the same. Also please continue to support our events and programs - they fund our very important goal of providing scholarship monies to members. Professional Development, Mentoring, Networking, Scholarships - what's not to love? 

Please welcome and give a huge round of applause to our new interim president, Christine McHugh. I am proud to pass the NMWIF torch to her. She is smart and talented and understands the strength and joy that comes from women working together. Christine will be a wonderful leader - and a lot of fun! 

With great appreciation to you all,





Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

Well, these are some pretty big shoes to be stepping into. The wonderful culture of support for the women filmmakers of New Mexico that Linda McDill has fostered and nurtured during her time as President is a lasting legacy and one I’m honored to have the opportunity to grow.
In the last four years, Linda’s leadership has exemplified NMWIF’s mission. A mission that I see having many tangible aspects like…

•    Supporting and empowering young women through mentoring as well as guiding women who come to film at a time of mid-life reinvention,
•    Engaging in rural outreach to all of New Mexico’s filmmaking communities,
•    Offering scholarships and educational programs in support or our memberships aspirations
•    And ultimately creating a network where women’s voices are heard, shared, appreciated and unleashed onto the wider world.

Our parent organization (the mothership, as it were) is Women In Film, which began in L.A. and in it’s mission statement they speak of the importance of community participation, volunteerism and the value of the diverse workplace.  We ALL contribute to this mission and I look forward to all of your participation in continuing this upward trajectory for NMWIF that Linda has set into motion. 

We'd like to encourage all of our membership to turn out for the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Oct. 14-18.  Last year was a record breaker for the SFIFF and we hope to see a large group from NMWIF supporting our member Lisa Lucas, who is in the Festival. Look for her film A Thousand Voices, Produced by Lisa Lucas. 

Keep Making Media, 





New Mexico Film and Media Conference

October 29-31
Isleta Casino & Resort
Albuquerque, NM

This is an important, all-encompassing opportunity geared to our local industry which includes filmmakers, producers, accountants, studios, vendors, crew, actors and emerging media innovators.  As a “give back” to the community, the NMFO aims to provide an educational experience for those interested in learning about state resources and other realities of this industry. Through a variety of presentations and networking events, discussions cover topics that touch upon all aspects of the industry from an array of viewpoints.
NMWIF will have a table at the NM Film and Media Conference and we welcome all members to come and offer your wisdom and charm to introduce other filmmakers to NMWIF.  In addition to an exciting conference with many great panels of filmmaking information, this event is a wonderful recruitment and networking opportunity for advancing the mission of women in film in our state.

Click HERE for 2015 Schedule & Bios
Register Here as an Attendee

Student Discounts Available




We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF,
Ashley Serrao
Shaun Scott
Susan Scott

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

We also want to welcome our renewed NMWIF members, 
Riley Austin
Laura Marsh
Crystal Mcalerney

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.





Congratulations to NMWIF member Lisa Lucas. A Thousand Voices - Produced by Lisa Lucas, is one of the Official selections for this year's Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.





Are you a member of NMWIF and doing something fabulous?
Let us know! We'll include it in our next newsletter.
Email: NMWIFinfo@gmail.com




New Mexico Women in Film
in SantaFe

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:
October 5th & 19th
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins topdogrdc@peoplepc.com






Every 1st and 3rd
at Epicenter
101 Broadway NE
Albuquerque 87102

October 5th & 19th
Monday at 6PM
Complimentary first meeting for Non-NMWIF Members
NMWIF Members Free / Non-NMWIF Members $5 / Actors/Readers Free

All levels welcome. 
Polish your script, upgrade your skills & expand your story-writing prowess.
Come get your writing groove on!

Join our page on FB!




The Women in Film & Television International Short Film Showcase (“WIFTI SHORT-CASE”) is a powerful demonstration of our members’ creativity, vision, and artistry. Founded in 2004, the Showcase not only presents selected films from WIFTI Chapters around the world; some of the recent Showcase short films have been nominated for Academy Awards received distribution deals, garnered recognition around the world.  

FREE to all current members of Women in Film Chapters around the world. These members are eligible to submit their film(s) through their respective chapter or directly to Showcase Producers. Narrative films, animation, documentaries, are all permitted.

The films must be directed by a woman AND involve a woman in another key role (i.e.: writer, producer, editor, director of photography etc).
 Run time must be under 15 minutes. 
 Less than 2 years old, created (2014 and later).

1) Submit your Video: Upload your video to VIMEO or other site – secured, password protected for use of WIFTI Showcase producers, judges and Chapter representatives.
2) Submission Form: The Short Film Showcase Submission Form can be downloaded at WIFTICHAPTERS.org or wifti.net

Final Deadline: October 15, 2015 

If you have questions please feel free to contact email: wiftishowcase@gmail.com




Women In Film And Television International

Today begins Trailblazing Women, Women in Film Los Angeles' partnership with TCM that features 50 films made by women airing throughout October. This is a great opportunity to watch a century worth of incredible films, many of which aren't available online. But if you do want to or can't watch online, we have lists of female filmmakers on our new and improved website, WIF.org, and we created a gowatchit list to make watching at home easy. And of course, you can always go to your local movie theater! Women + Hollywood maintains a great list of films in theaters.

So...will you watch a film a week by a woman for one year? Say YES, and join our #52FilmsByWomen movement! It is super easy: make the commitment, watch the film and post about it on Facebook or Twitter. You can curate a list on GoWatchIt, or pull from one of the many lists of films by female writers and directors, or watch a film as part of the Trailblazing Women series on TCM this month. 

We will begin taking your pledges to watch 52 Films on October 1! Make the commitment to watch a film a week by a women, post about it #52FilmsByWomen and tag us on Facebook or Twitter. 





New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference
October 29-31
Isleta Casino & Resort
The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) has hosted many successful events and conferences over the years in conjunction with the NM Filmmakers Program. In 2013, the conference was brought back, broadened and is now considered the main annual industry event created and coordinated by the NMFO. This is an important, all-encompassing opportunity geared to our local industry which includes filmmakers, producers, accountants, studios, vendors, crew, actors and emerging media innovators.  As a “give back” to the community, the NMFO aims to provide an educational experience for those interested in learning about state resources and other realities of this industry. Through a variety of presentations and networking events, discussions cover topics that touch upon all aspects of the industry from an array of viewpoints. 
The conference continues to grow and in 2014 over 300 attendees and 75 exhibitors participated.  We appreciate the continued support and look forward to another successful conference in 2015. 
Click HERE for 2015 Schedule & Bios
Nominal Fee of $45 through July 16 -  both days, inclusive of lunches and events
Student Discounts Available

Vendor Advertising Fee $100 - table both days, inclusive of sign, listing and one registration
Discounts Available for Additional Vendor Representatives




Grants for Women Filmmakers and Screenwriters: 

Hollywomen.com is a new platform exploring the legacy, chronicling the present and anticipating the future of women and diversity in the film industry. For more information, visit their website at http://hollywomen.com/grants





Submissions FoFVA Sizzle Reel 2015

With over 150 productions made amongst FoFVA members over the years, we deserve a Sizzle Reel. FoFVA will edit it and launch…but first we need 30 submissions to get started.

Who is Eligible: FoFVA members, past and present, who worked on a film/production together that included  2 or more FoFVA Members

Deadline: October 20, 2015 

Length:  60 seconds or less, high-quality SD/HD video clip. You can enter as often as you like, but one entry per-form.

Follow the link to drop submission form and video clip
Dropbox Submission




2016 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
International Screenplay Competition

Open for Submissions!
Submissions for the 2016 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (March 8-13, 2016) and the International Screenplay Competition end October 15th, 2015. This six-day festival celebrates and promotes women working in screen-based media.

It accepts films with women in at least three of these key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer. Films completed after March 2013 are eligible.

As well as featuring films by women from around the world, the festival offers moderated question and answer sessions and panel discussions related to the films, artist talks, networking events, workshops, an awards ceremony, gala and industry events and hosts an International Screenplay Competition.

In addition to offering independent filmmakers a professional screening opportunity, the festival pays artist fees and all films are entered to win cash awards. 

Deadline: October 15th, 2015





Kansas City Women in Film & Television
5th annual Short Screenplay Contest

Our 5th annual Short Screenplay Contest is underway, and all members of a Women in Film chapter get a discount on their entry fee. Please see http://www.kcwift.com/contest/. The next deadline is October 18, 2015.
The contest has 2 goals: 
•    Encourage more women to write screenplays. 
•    Encourage all writers to develop female protagonists. 

To accomplish these goals, we offer 2 prizes:
•    $1,000 for Best Screenplay by a Female Writer
•    $500 for Best Female Protagonist (open to both men and women who can also vie for the top prize)

deadline: October 18, 2015

Please see http://www.kcwift.com/contest/




2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has developed and discovered thousands of writers through our commitment to providing written feedback to all entrants and substantial cash awards to the best screenplays.  

Our Regular Deadline for the 2016 Competition is fast-approaching on October 15th. We accept both Short and Feature screenplays and every entry receives written analysis. This is the last chance to receive early feedback; all submitted entries will receive their analysis by November 10th.
Regular Deadline Oct 15th Every entry receives script analysis.by November 10th.

Entry Fee: $50 Shorts | $65 Features | $35 Student Shorts

Submit: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2016-call-for-entries


Four Finalists: $2,500 Prize

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY: $10,000 Grand Prize
Three Finalists: $2,000 Prize
OFFICIAL RULES & GUIDELINES: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/rules-guidelines


Taos Shortz Film Festival

We Love All kinds of short films. However we do have a few simple rules to follow.
First.... Is your film good enough?
Not to be braggadocious, but the films of Taos Shortz are exceptional.
The competition is extremely high. We know submitting to festivals can be a bit of a gamble and it's hard to know what festival would be a "good fit" for your film. If you wanna take a look at
2015 Award Winners... SEE FOR YOURSELF.
Sooo if you believe your film has "The Stuff"
Official Submission Deadline: November 11th, 2015
Entry Fee $ 25.00
Emerging Artists $ 16.44
Taoseños Homie $11.44  

Late Submission Deadline: December 11th, 2015
Entry Fee $ 30.00
Emerging Artists $ 18.88
Taoseños Homie $11.44 

For more info: http://www.taosshortz.com/NEWSITE/Submit.html



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, 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 the informative and interesting guests every Friday at 6:30pm on KSFR. Live-stream at KSFR.org or on the radio at 101.1FM in Santa Fe - Taos area. Archives of previous shows at KSFR.org




Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

October 14-18

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival invests in the advancement of independent, innovative, and cutting edge cinema bringing 5 days of excellence in filmmaking to the inclusive and diverse community of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

SFIFF has made the list of the top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for the second time in a row in Moviemaker Magazine.

Enjoy a varied and unpretentious festival experience in this lively New Mexico town. Panels and workshops allow close interaction with local celebrities like George R. R. Martin and Wes Studi--and with many returning alumni, whose submission fees are waived.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will honor Gena Rowlands at this year's festival. The legendary actress will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 17. The ceremony will be followed by a screening of the 1974 film "A Woman Under the Influence." She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 1975 for the role.






Thursday, October 15
7 PM
Screening at La Tienda
El Dorado, NM

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE-1962- MADE IN NEW MEXICO, WITH SPECIAL GUEST, 'aural historian, author, environmentalist and glorious troublemaker', JACK LOEFFLER, who was a personal friend of Edward Abbey who wrote the book that the film is based on. 

Lonely are the Brave is something rare, and almost unique: a leftist American contemporary western. It’s based on a novel by Edward Abbey, celebrator of the desert and promoter of “eco-terrorism” in the never-filmed 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang. It was written by Dalton Trumbo, a witch-hunted screenwriter who clearly loved and understood the source material.

Its hero, flawlessly portrayed by Kirk Douglas, is John W. Burns, a cowboy anarchist who carries no ID, respects no authority, and pays attention only to his friends and his horse. Breaking into jail to see a friend, he attracts the attention of a vindictive sheriff, a one-armed Okinawa veteran, and a hot-shot military helicopter pilot, all of whom instinctively want to take him down.

They don’t. Always polite, always fair, to those above him, the brave cowboy eludes his pursuers as he heads to Mexico and freedom. What happens to him and to Whiskey, his magnificent, proud horse, is as tragic, as it is stupid, as it is inevitable.

The cast is surprising—and perfect. Gena Rowlands plays the woman who loves the cowboy, Walter Matthau the bored sheriff who methodically tracks him and George Kennedy the deputy who fails to break him.

Lonely are the Brave was released in 1962, yet it still seems totally modern—probably because it deals with so many issues that matter now: individual freedom versus authoritarian clampdowns and an increasingly militarized and regimented America.

Abbey loved the desert, and hated unnecessary machines.Director David Miller communicates this, contrasting magnificent, monochrome, cinemascope images of landscape and wildlife with the screeching, rattling grinding of trucks and cars. The cinematographer was Philip Lathrop; the score, mostly excellent, was Jerry Goldsmith’s first.

Lonely are the Brave is a pessimistic tale of the triumph of “stuff” over all that is best in the bond of humans, animals, and the land. It is both a classic western, and a great film.

NOTE- This screening is NOT part of the Santa Fe Independent Festival which will also screen the film the same night...purely a coincidence.  
There is a suggested donation of $5  
You can bring food and drink into the theatre, thanks to the courtesy of our friends at the La Plancha Restaurant.

More info: Jeff Berg at 466-1634  reelnewmexico.com
or nedludd76@hotmail.com




NMWIF Board of Directors:

Christine McHugh - Pres – Chair, Fundraising, Co_Chair Programming/Events
Shelene Bridge – Vice President, Co_Chair, Website/Media
Kathryn Phipps - Secretary
Aynn Kirby - Trasuruer
Barbara Bentree – Co-Chair Programming/Events
Catharine Pilafas –Co-Chair Website/Media
Vivian Nesbitt – Chair, Membership, Co_Chair Fundraising
Mary Darling  - NMWIF State Liaison
Valerie Moore – Chair, Sage Award
Christine McHugh – NMWIF PSA Director
Ashley Baca – Co-Chair Membership