August 2015 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

We are still glowing from the success of our NMWIF Film Fiesta last month! Great films, great audiences (in all three cities) and great reviews. Thanks to all who helped and all who attended. Big gratitude to event producer, Shelene Bridge, and to the three fabulous theaters (Fountain Theater in Las Cruces, The Guild Cinema in Abq & Jean Cocteau in Santa Fe) who graciously accommodated us. Truly one of our biggest and best events in the 10 year history of our organization. Since our anniversary year is not over, we plan to continue our celebration, so stay tuned!

This month we are offering our popular Mentor Mania event. Better sign up fast, it always sells out. We've lined up wonderful mentors who can advise and encourage in all aspects of the industry. Come get informed and inspired - and have some fun with us.

We'll be announcing a new NMWIF Abq Screenwriters Group in the near future, headed by NMWIF Board Member, Mary Darling - and we'll be kicking off another screenwriting competition early this fall as well. Get your writing groove on and enter your screenplay this year. 

Speaking of entering your work, Women in Film & TV International Short Films Showcase is taking entries now. We were so proud to have Ann Bromberg's wonderful film travel the globe with WIFTI last year. Maybe your film will screen internationally next year! Can't win if you don't enter your film. Details in this newsletter. 

Hope you and yours have been enjoying the summer and the many great events, parties and screenings going on in our wonderful New Mexico Film Industry. See you at one of our events soon.

Kindest regards,






Saturday, August 29
Sol Acting Academy  
Albuquerque, NM

Join NMWIF for an afternoon of speed-dating style mentoring. You will have brief, but informative one-on-one time with some of New Mexico's top women in Film & TV, plus brisk and lively roundtable discussions on a variety of pertinent subjects and issues.
Bring your 1-minute intro/description/career question for the mentors. Be specific. Be prepared. Bring paper and pen to take notes. When the bell rings, the fun begins!
We greatly appreciate the time, accomplishments and mentoring offered by these talented women. They are all experienced in a variety of areas and can offer you a wealth of information and guidance, whatever your needs or interests.

GREAT lineup of mentors! 

Talkia Kosh
Attorney, President NM Lawyers for the Arts

Amy Lanasa
Screenwriter, Dept Head for Creative Media Institute for Film & Digital Arts at
NM State University, Las Cruces
 Trish Lopez
NM Film Industry Consultant, NM Film Office, past NMWIF President

Carissa Mitchell
Talent Agent/Partner, Mitchell & Presley Talent Group

Liesette Paisner
Festival Director, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Puck Stair
Location Scout for Film & TV Productions, Executive Board Member IATSE 480

NOTE: Members must make a reservation and guests must purchase your ticket online by Friday, August 28th. We have a limited capacity (40 people) and will have to have a head count ahead of time. Also you absolutely must be on time to the event! 

Free to NMWIF Members

$20 for nonmembers




The NM Women in Film Fiesta was a wonderful celebration of NMWIF members' creativity over the past 10 years.  Members who submitted films were either a Director or Producer of the work and each film had a high level of artistry and mastery.  We had wonderful gatherings in all three cities.  I personally would also  like to thank the NMWIF Board of Directors for their encouragement and support, the Screening Committee, Judges, Filmmakers and Attendees.  I hope this event will become the first of many.  
Comments from Fiesta-goers:
 "Great diversity of films."
"The quality of the programming was excellent."
"The fact that women are rallying around each other and creating space for our voices. This isn't the
ruthless competitive environment that constitutes a lot of the industry norm."
"Variety and quality of films, all the filmmakers in attendance. Amazing venues!"





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF,

Jodi Lynn Thomas

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,
Aimee Broustra
Rebekah Wiggins
Patricia Dyea

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.





Join New Mexico Women in Film members at the Southwestern Premiere of
Love in the DMZ - a play in letters

By Julia Cameron

Starring NMWIF Member Catharine Pilafas
and Josh Heard
Directed by Daniel Region

Produced by NMWIF Member Vivian Nesbitt

August 7 - August 23rd, 2015
Sol Performance Space
5500 San Mateo Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109





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





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:
August 3rd & 17th
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins



The Women in Film Finishing Fund

The Women in Film Finishing Fund supports films by, for or about women with cash grants and in-kind services.

Women In Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants, and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.

Deadline: August 7

Awards & Prizes
The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind services. Since the inception of the Fund in 1985, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to over 200 films ensuring that innovative films can be completed and seen by audiences worldwide.
We will give multiple grants of up to $25,000 for documentary and narrative feature and shorts, as well as animated and experimental films. We accept submissions from all over the world. For more information and the application, please follow this link





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 or 

Early Submission: September 1, 2015
Final Deadline: October 15, 2015 

If you have questions please feel free to contact email:



New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference
October 29-31
Isleta Casino & Resort
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. 
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




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 or on the radio at 101.1FM in Santa Fe - Taos area. Archives of previous shows at




Sol Acting Academy

Sol Acting Academy Fall classes are enrolling now! 

Acting for Film 101 with Morse Bicknell and Vivian Nesbitt (4 seats left)
Advanced Scene Study with Vivian Nesbitt (Saturday mornings - 10 seats left) 
and more ... 

Visit our website for more information! or call 881-0975 for a consultation. 




Intentional Filmmaking
Discount code for current NM Women in Film members!

From the Heart Productions, the non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their films funded, announces the fall return of its unique and innovative Intentional Filmmaking Class. The class gives filmmakers the tools and belief in themselves they need to raise money for their projects. New sessions begin September 28th with special discounts available for New Mexico Women in Film members. The discount code is INTENT15

The class is a pair of 5 month on-line courses combining mentoring and manifesting for film funding success. Carole Dean, author of the best-selling “The Art of Film Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts” and “The Art of Manifesting” teaches the Trailblazer Class for short and documentary filmmakers. Tom Malloy, author of “Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films” joins her in the Mastermind Class for feature filmmakers.

This year Bienvenida Matias joins the Trailblazer Class as a Documentary Mentor. A Puerto Rican filmmaker, educator, and media advocate, she has extensively produced and directed documentaries independently, for public television and nonprofits. Beni will work closely with Carole Dean in assessing program participants on their pitches, proposals and budgets. She is the former acting executive director of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).

Some highlights of what is included in the class:

•    5 one-on-one consultations (one each month) with Carole Dean ($725.00 value if purchased outside the class).
•    10 class meetings (two each month). 6 month goal planning with action list targeted to raise money.
•    Documentary filmmakers will get help writing their proposals with emphasis on what is needed to win grants and get donations.
•    Fine tuning their trailer to bring in money. 
•    Perfecting their pitch to attract investors. 
•    Running a successful crowdfunding campaign

Filmmakers are also given a 10 page outline on funding, marketing, and distributing their film. They get the template, customize it for their project and are helped to complete it. This becomes a major item to close donors.

Industry specialists will also join class sessions to offer ways to save money and get the most for your budget. Currently scheduled for the class is entertainment lawyer Corky Kessler, documentary editor Karen Everett, colorist Sam Dlugach, insurance specialist Kent Hamilton, and audio editor Jerry Deaton.

Trailblazer Class starts September 28th
Mastermind Class September 29th
The price of the class $795
early enrollment discount price of $695 before September 14th.

Member of New Mexico Women in Film can save an additional $50, by entering this code  INTENT15 when they purchase the class.

For more info:
Carole Dean at 805-984-0098 or email




age 16 - Adult  

Albuquerque, NM      
Work one on one with Veteran Film, Television, Stage and Radio Personality, Paul Neal Rohrer. Paul is recognized for his success in developing actors like Naomi Grossman of American Horror Story and as principal player in hundreds of television programs, commercials and feature films. In addition to his successful career on stage and screen, Paul as spoken for numerous Fortune 500’s, produced and directed several shorts, commercials and industrials, Hosted The Roaring Success Radio Hour, written and published two books on the craft of acting.

Limited to 10 students

AUGUST 15 & 16     
Saturday 10-4
Sunday 10-2    
Registration ends August 10th    
Registration ends August 10th 




Dark Matters Film Festival
September 11-13, 2015 

Dark Matters, the Southwest's newest genre film festival, is gearing up for it's second annual fest. This three-day experiment in terror is dedicated entirely to horror, science fiction, dark fantasy and black comedy. Shorts, features and documentaries from around the globe (Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, France, Italy, USA) will be spotlighted. 

More info:




¡Cine Magnífico!
September 18, 19 & 20
National Hispanic Cultural Center
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.

¡Cine Magnífico! is organized by Instituto Cervantes, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute so as to be at the forefront of the movement to increase cultural opportunities for the entire New Mexico community and to bring Latinos and non-Latinos together to share common experiences through film.

More info:




Gila Timelapse Film Festival

September 24-27

This festival is part of the Gila River Festival, a yearly event that celebrates one of the last un-dammed high desert rivers in the Southwest. 

Our festival this year will be graced by the presence of world historical film-maker and thinker, Godfrey Reggio, who will deliver the keynote address. As part of the film festival, we will be showing Reggio's ‘Qatsi trilogy,' and three short programs of timelapse films that fit in with the festival theme of "Life out of balance."

Timelapse filmmaking has blown up in the past decade, from the first film that really made people aware of the intense satisfaction derived from the compression of time, namely Godfrey Reggio's "Koyaanisqatsi." Today, timelapse films can be seen at the start of news broadcasts, the intro title sequences of films and TV shows such as House of Cards, and integrated into narrative and non-narrative works. This film festival is interested in Timelapse films where the compression of time and/or exploration of space is foregrounded. Hyper-lapse, and pixelation works will be considered if they are combined with timelapses. Generally non-narrative/experimental films will have precedence, but films that tell a story largely based on time-lapse film-making will be considered.

Silver City has been named one of the 50 best places to live by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and is nestled just outside of the 3 million acre Gila National Forest and the Gila Wilderness area, the first place in America so designated. It is one of the wildest and most remote wilderness areas in the lower 48.

More info:





Fandependent Films
We need your film!

What is Fandependent Films?
Fandependent Films is a website built by filmmakers, for filmmakers. It is a seasonal online film festival that provides a curated selection of free indie feature films. It's a new option to help independent filmmakers find an audience and a new way to empower fans by allowing them to vouch for their favorite films. 

We did it! We would like to thank the first 60 filmmakers willing to show their work on our site. Because of you, Fandependent Films will launch on Jan 1st, 2016. We're still on the hunt for exciting indie films and filmmakers who want their work to be seen. So if you want to participate in something new, please submit your film!

More info:



14th Annual Chick Flicks Film Festival
open for submissions

Women In Film Dallas is excited to announce submissions are now open for the 14th Annual Chick Flicks Film Festival. The Festival of short films will take place on Thursday, October 22 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, TX.

Female Filmmakers is open to shorts directed by a woman. Shorts are also eligible if women are in two (2) or more of the following above-the-line positions: writer, producer, director of photography or editor. Official selections in this category qualify for the Best of Fest Award and the Audience Choice Award. 

We accept narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental short films in any genre with a runtime of 25 minutes or less. Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2011. No premiere status required.

Regular deadline: August, 14
WIF Member - $20
Student - $25 *Must send copy of valid student ID.  
Non-Member - $30

Final deadline:September 4
WIF Member: $25   
Student: $30
Non-WIFD Member: $35     

more info:



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"

Early Bird Deadline: September 11th, 2105
Entry Fee $ 22.00
Emerging Artists $15.00  
Taoseños Homee $11.44
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:


7th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Submissions are OPEN!

MovieMaker Magazine: 'SFIFF is One of the Coolest Film Festivals on the Planet!' 

Festival Director Liesette Paisner and Co-Founders Jacques Paisner & Dave Moore have stayed vibrant and faithful to their original vision of getting Santa Fe recognized as a top film tourism destination. Now it's not only the best place to make a film but also to see a film - an "all inclusive resort for cinephiles" as dubbed by Filmmaker Magazine. 

Enter your film today!

Final Deadline: August 1, 2015
Shorts: $60  Features: $100
Student Rate (with valid school ID): $25

2015 Submission Form
2015 Rules & Guidelines
2015 FAQ



Open for Submissions

Entry is free.

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.
Important Information To Keep in Mind:
▪    All films must feature a female in a leadership position at the center of the story.
▪    Films may be directed by a person or people of any gender.

Films that are directed by women, but do not focus on female leadership, will not be considered.
The Athena Film Festival is committed to ensuring that filmmakers across the globe have the opportunity to become involved in our festival.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word to others who you think would be interested in this opportunity.

Submissions will be accepted from June 1 through September 15. 
Please email us at: if you have any questions.







Every Tuesday and Thursday morning
10:00 am
1606 Alcaldesa St. (in the heart of the Railyard)
Santa Fe, NM

Violet Crown Cinemas is pleased to announce its new Family Film Series, a retrospective of quality family films from the 1980s and 90s. 
The series continues every Tuesday and Thursday morning through the month of August, and is free to attend. A new film will be presented each week and will screen Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10AM. 

For more information, please visit


Family Film Series
The Neverending Story– August 4 & 6: A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.
The Princess Bride – August 11 &13: While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.




The Devil's Carnival

August 27th
7:30 pm
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM 

Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival is the second installment in a musical-horror-fantasy film series by director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer/actor Terrance Zdunich, the fellows behind the cult smash Repo! The Genetic Opera. Like with their previous flicks, the filmmakers are unleashing Alleluia! on the world by way of a traveling road show, touring the movie like a rock concert across North America, creating one-night-only event screenings with live sideshow acts, costume contests, sing-alongs, celebrity guest appearances, limited-edition merchandise, audience Q&As with the filmmakers and an exclusive screening of their groundbreaking new film. 

Tickets are available only at




Mystery Movie! 
Thursday, August 13
7 PM
Screening at La Tienda i
El Dorado, NM 

Mystery Movie! 

We aren't going to tell you the title of the movie for August, but here are some clues:

- A small portion of it was shot in New Mexico and released in the late 70's. 
- It was directed by one of the most popular directors of the late 70's and stars an actor whose popularity was at its peak when this film was made.

-It is an adventure/thriller that we are sure will have you on the edge of your seat.
-It has a two hour running time.
-Most of the film was shot on location and is a remake of a French film.

-Steve McQueen was scheduled to be the star, but he turned down the role due to his commitment to fellow Santa Fe resident, Ali MacGraw. 

If you guess the title, you get free admission! 

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





NMWIF Board of Directors

Linda McDill- 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