February 2016 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

This Tuesday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day and it’s got me thinking about the Bill Murray movie, directed by Harold Ramis. There’s some really deep messages in this comedy classic and the one that really hooks me is that after all the ways Murray’s character, Phil Conners, tries to manipulate the people around him he comes to understand that who they are, just as they are, is what redeems him. Other people make him better. What a wonderful reminder for an organization like ours where the success of our mission is so contingent on other people and how appropriate that this message comes to us through film.

NMWIF’s February event is the chance to come out, network and represent at Film and Media Day at the State Roundhouse on Monday February 8th from 9:00 until about 2:00. We will have our table set up and we are still looking for volunteers to staff it and tell all of the curious about the great work that we do in the context of promoting a strong film community for women in the state of New Mexico. Hope to see you there.

Submissions for the 2016 Athena Award begin on February 15th. Once again we are looking for short scripts (10 pages and under) that feature what last years final judge, Helen Jacey called, “The Woman In The Story”.  There’s more info about the competition in this newsletter and we’re busy putting more updated info on the NMWIF website so look there for how to submit.

Wanted to give you a heads-up about a couple of March events we have coming up so you can get them on your calendars. International Women’s Day on March 8th is the perfect date to host the annual Women in Film and Television International Shortcase. We will be screening a series of short films from all around the world including a finalist from New Mexico, Ilana Lapid’s film, La Catrina. That evening will be hosted by former NMWIF President and current WIFTI Board Member, Linda McDill, who will tell us all about the great WIFTI resources we can avail ourselves of as members of NMWIF. And a huge debt of gratitude to our WIFTI rep for the last 10 years, Janet Davidson for a job well done.

The other March event will be a benefit for Awakening In Taos, The Mabel Dodge Lujan Story. NMWIF is co-sponsoring a screening with the new Santa Fe Film Commission at Violet Crown Cinemas on March 15th. We will need volunteers to staff this event (which go towards your NMWIF volunteer hours) and it should be a great networking opportunity for anyone who wants to help out. Look for more details in the March newsletter and contact us at NMWIFinfo@gmail.com if you want to volunteer.

Finally, I’m putting together a little NMWIF field trip to see NMWIF member, Jilann Spitzmiller’s award winning Shakespeare documentaries, Still Dreaming and Shakespeare Behind Bars at a free screening at the Loma Colorado Main Library in Rio Rancho on Saturday, February 6. I thought we’d meet at the Flying Star Café in Rio Rancho (10700 Corrales Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114) at 9:00 for breakfast before. I’m hoping we can entice the filmmaker to join us.

Like that groundhog, keep looking for your shadow and 

Keep Making Media,






Monday, February 8, 2016 

New Mexico Legislature
at the Roundhouse
Santa Fe, NM 

Plan to join us in Santa Fe all day on February 8th as we thank legislators for their support, educate the public, and celebrate all that our industry brings to New Mexico! 

6:00 am -10:00am - COYOTE 102.5 Live broadcast outside the Rotunda
8:30 am - Mayor’s Welcome, Inn at Loretto - Tesuque room, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail
9:00 am – 4:00 pm - Vendor informational tables inside the Roundhouse, Halls of History
9:00 am – 4:00 pm - "Breaking Bad" Tour RV outside Roundhouse
Noon -  1:00 pm  New Mexico Federation of Labor “Moral Mondays” rally, exterior of
             Roundhouse, eastside. 
12:30pm - Press conference in Rotunda at the Roundhouse with Patrick Fabian, star of “Better
             Call Saul”
1:30pm - 4:30pm  casting session outside the Roundhouse (participants sign up inside at the
             “casting” table, then proceed outside to the Shoot Santa Fe RV to have their photo taken)

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm  
Inn at Loretto
Mitchell Presley Talent Group is hosting a FREE symposium
"Acting as a Profession: A Conversation with Industry Insiders"  
 Special Invited Guests:
JoEdna Boldin, casting director
Vic Browder, actor,,director
Lora Cunningham, actor, director, producer, teacher
Esodie Geiger, actor
Alton Walpole, line producer

Moderated by: Carissa Mitchell, talent agent
Mitchell & Presley Talent Group

Listen in on this "Conversation" panel as we discuss these and other topics of importance for local actors, and follow up with a Q&A from the audience:

•    How to get started as an actor  
•    What kind of roles do we get in New Mexico  
•    How should you train to be an actor  
•    How to maintain high levels of professionalism  
•    When should an actor move to Los Angeles  
•    The issue of diversity in casting

5:00 pm -7:00 pm Legislative Reception ($50 per person, 21 and over only) 
                     Dragon Room at the Pink Adobe, 406 Old Santa Fe Trail





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF:

Deborah Voorhees
Talia Pura
Erin Oliver
Regina Nein
Martha Callanan
Monica Partridge
Leo Reyes
Jessica Haring
Christina Gopal

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, 

Christopher Hagen
Anna Darrah
Lora Cunningham
Charlie Gravina

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 members Lora Cunningham, Morse Bickenell and Jo Edna Boldin.  Their short film, DEAD RIVER, won the “Best New Mexico Film Award” at the Albuquerque Film Festival in January 2016. This film was shot entirely in New Mexico with New Mexico actors (thank you Jo Edna Boldin!).

DEAD RIVER is an intellectual mystery/drama set in the literary world. A professor, Grant Bingham (played by Morse Bicknell), begins a biography of his idol, Luther Nash (Eb Lottimer), a famous crime writer. When Grant's wife Lisa (Lora Cunningham) meets the author, they form a bond, and Grant soon finds himself losing control of his family and his book. Grant delves deeper into Luther’s past and discovers that behind the fiction may be an even darker reality. 

February 5-11
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Santa Fe, NM

Showtimes are below:
Friday, Feb 5: 7 pm, with director Q&A
Saturday, Feb 6: 7 pm, with director Q&A
Sunday, Feb 7: 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb 9: 7:30 pm
Wednesdy, Feb 10: 5:30 pm
Thursday, Feb 11: 4:00 pm

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.jeancocteaucinema.com

View the Dead River trailer here: https://vimeo.com/123860384




Congratulations to NMWIF member from Las Cruces, Ilana Lapid who's film La Catrina is a finalist in the WIFTI Shortcase.  Her movie tells the story of “Caterina who is a farm worker on the border,” said Lapid. “Her husband told her he’d be back before the harvest, but never returned. Now she is harvesting alone. In her grief over his death, she becomes ‘La Catrina,’ the character of death associated with Dia de Los Muertos, and journeys to find him through the mythic landscape of the harvest. La Catrina is a poetic exploration of the cycle of life and death, the land and the seasons, and the movement from loss towards healing. The film is an experimental performance art piece inspired in part by illustrated folktales.”

It will be screened along with several other selections on March 8th in Albuquerque as a part of our WIFTI Shortcase March event. Location TBD.



Shakespeare Double Feature
Award Winning Documentaries:
“Still Dreaming”  and “Shakespeare Behind Bars” 

Join us on a NMWIF field trip to see NMWIF member, Jilann Spitzmiller’s award winning Shakespeare documentaries, Still Dreaming and Shakespeare Behind Bars at a free screening. We will meet at the Flying Star Café in Rio Rancho (10700 Corrales Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114) at 9:00 for breakfast before. I’m hoping we can entice the filmmaker to join us.

Saturday, February 6th
Loma Colorado Main Library  
Rio Rancho, NM



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


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:
February 1st & 15th
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

February 1st & 15th
6pm -8pm
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!



2016 Athena Award
Your chance to celebrate The Woman In The Story

This award is meant to highlight aspiring New Mexico screenwriters who have an intriguing story with a central female character.

Residents of New Mexico have a chance to submit a 10 page screenplay with a female central character.  Submitted scripts must be original screenplays and the sole property of the applicant(s).  The script must have a female protagonist and/or strong female theme.  
All ages are eligible.  However, a parent or guardian must sign the entry form for any author under eighteen (18) years of age.  All entries will be judged using the same standards regardless of age.  

The winner will receive a cash award of $1000, the NMWIF Athena Screenwriting Award and a table reading of their winning script at a NMWIF event in July of 2016. 

The two runners-up will also receive prizes: 
Second place $500  
Third place $250.00

The submission process will open February 15, 2016 and must be received no later than April 15, 2016.  Submissions received after April 15, 2016 will not be considered.  The winners will be notified before July 15, 2016.

More details on how to submit your screenplay, forms, and rules and regulations will be up up on the NMWIF website soon! www.nmwif.com




Santa Fe Film Commission

Santa  Fe City Councilors unanimously approved a request to create the Santa Fe Film Commission. Santa Fe will be the first city with a film commission; Albuquerque currently has a film office, and other cities and towns have film liaisons.

According to the resolution, the commission would be tasked with enhancing the city’s reputation as a desirable filmmaking destination, increasing post-production and other digital media business, and growing local productions and complementary businesses, among other things.
Gonzales wants the commission to focus on building an industry that is broader than just production.

The mayor will appoint members of the commission and its chair. The commission will be made up of representatives from the film industry, nonprofit groups working in the film industry, film crews, educational institutions with film-related programs, digital media businesses and two at-large members, also subject to City Council approval.




New Member Directory is up and Working!

New Member Directory is up and working.  There may be a few kinks to work out, but it is working. NMWIF Membership information will now be managed by you. All members will need to log in and update their info and headshots.  
Go to www.nmwif.com and click on “Membership” then “Become a Member”
Or go to https://newmexicowomeninfilm.wildapricot.org 




Vimeo Will Fund Female Filmmakers

Vimeo is launching Share the Screen, an initiative to help female filmmakers by funding their projects, teaching them the business, and promoting their movies. Vimeo will bankroll at least five projects from women filmmakers this year. Once Vimeo chooses the filmmakers, it will help promote the films and offer them for sale or rental. 

A recent study, by the Center for the Study of Women in Film and Television at San Diego State University, found the number of women directors for top-grossing movies remained at 9 percent from 1998 to 2015. While it’s hard to say exactly why that number remained static, it might have a lot to do with studios’ low confidence in female filmmakers’ bankability—which will never change if women don’t get to make films and prove the studios wrong. That’s what Vimeo hopes to change.

Share the Screen kicks off with Darby Forever, a short from Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant, on February 18. 





ReelzChannel, LLC, Marketing
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM - 5:30PM (flexible; some weekends)
Full Time, Salaried
POSITION SUMMARY:This position has the overall responsibility and decision making for conceptualizing, writing, producing and editing on-air promotions, ad sales and marketing projects

•    Bachelor’s degree in related field or an equivalent combination of skills, training, and experience in the cable television industry.
•    A minimum of 3 years of previous similar work experience. 
•    Requires excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, and attention to detail. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. 
•    Superior writing, producing, and non-linear editing skills required (a writing test is required to qualify). 
•    Thorough knowledge of software and editing and production techniques.  Significant experience with Final Cut Pro. Understand in standard audio mix procedures.  
•    Must be highly creative. 
•    Proven ability to create and lead a project from start to finish without direct supervision. 
•    Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record as determined by the Company.
    Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet short deadlines.

•    Create marketing and sales promotions by concepting, producing, writing and editing assigned projects.  Maintain the editorial “style” and “brand” of REELZ Channel for network presentation and Clients under the guidance of Creative Director.
•    Manage the workflow of projects and address all challenges to keep projects moving ahead to completion while meeting all assigned deadlines.
•    Complete, mix, version, exercise quality control, and deliver spots through digital portals
•    Routinely exercise independent judgment and decision-making in carrying out job functions and completing assigned project.
•    Work cooperatively and collaboratively with others. Build effective working relationships with co-workers in same and different departments, customers, vendors and the general public.  Act in a professional manner.
•    Perform other duties as assigned.
Report to work on time and work established schedule/hours.  Ability to work other hours or alternate schedules as needed, as assigned by Management or required to complete a project or task.

Apply to: http://www.reelz.com/careers/  
Job# 2-16
Albuquerque, NM
No telephone calls please




Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2016: Top 10 Big Cities

Albuquerque is back on ‪#‎MovieMakerMagazine‬'s top list of where live and make movies. 

#5. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque is on fire—and not just because it’s one of the driest places in the country. This desert city is consistently landing some of the most exciting productions in the nation, taking a major leap up on our list this year.
2015 saw a huge influx in high-profile projects, from the ongoing production of AMC’s Better Call Saul, to the long-awaited reboot Independence Day: Resurgence, whose reported production budget of $200 million brought an influx of cash and months of production work to ABQ moviemakers. The city also saw the production of TV series The Night Shift and Graves, and features such as Comancheria (by Starred Up director David Mackenzie, starring Jeff Bridges), Stephen Gaghan’s Gold with Matthew McConaughey, and a slew of low-budget indies.

What’s drawing these projects to Albuquerque? Well, the state’s comprehensive film incentives, for one thing: a 25-30 percent refundable tax credit with no minimum spend, plus the forward-thinking Film Crew Advancement Program, which facilitates on-the-job training and reimburses productions for 50 percent of a local crew member’s labor if the production moves him or her up the ladder. Also, in an effort to integrate moviemaking with local day-to-day life, the city encourages productions to award a $100-per-day stipend to public programs in the neighborhoods most affected by film shoots. 

The Albuquerque culture is one that rallies around moviemakers, with at least 10 film festivals, two film schools, an award-winning film commission and indie cinemas to spare. Plus, the physical backdrop is a sunny chameleon that can stand in for myriad environments. Albuquerque’s surroundings doubled for Afghanistan in 2013’s Lone Survivor, and on the recent production of The Space Between Us, a Gary Oldman film about a boy raised on Mars, we’re guessing the rust-colored deserts surrounding Albuquerque stood in for the Red Planet. (The Space Between Us was also the first feature film to shoot at Spaceport America, the world’s first commercial spaceport, located in Southern New Mexico.)

All signs point to an Albuquerque that dominates the national moviemaking stage in the years to come.



New Mexico Film Foundation
New Mexico Actors Showcase

Coming March 26th, 2016  
South Broadway Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM

more info: http://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/nmff-actor-showcase/




NMWIF Success Stories

From member Melissa Edmon ~ 

After living and teaching film in New York City for almost 20 years I was ready for a change, and it wound up being a big one!  I moved to New Zealand where I ran a small film school and completed my Masters.  It was an incredible experience, but after 8 years I was ready to come back to the U.S.  My husband and I decided to relocate to Santa Fe, where we knew no one except for his sister and her husband.  We fell in love with SF and decided to just jump in, with no jobs or connections.

New Mexico Women in Film embraced me when I needed it most!  Resume’s and cover letters sent to no avail.  Starting to feel diminished and ready to change my career, I received the 2 emails from NMWIF that gave me some much needed positive reinforcement!  My film “Steam Machines” was accepted into last year’s New Mexico Women in Film Fiesta and I received the NMWIF scholarship for development of my screenplay “Last Remembrance”.   I am so grateful for the support of NMWIF, and through this organization I have met many wonderful and talented women filmmakers.  Being a woman in this industry has its challenges, and NMWIF is vital to the continuation and growth of women in film. 



If you have a story about how being a member of NMWIF has helped you in anyway please write it up and send it in. We look forward to publishing your story here and getting out the good word.





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



NEH Media Projects: Production Grants
Projects Beginning August 2016

Production Grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. 

More info: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grants




Fledgling Grants supports social issue documentary film

Fledgling has an open rolling grant application process. You are able to submit an application online at any time and will be asked to include a description of the project, its social change goals and your plans for moving the project forward. We will ask for the latest cut of the film or a work sample for non-film projects.  We review proposals on a rolling basis and you will be notified of our decision within three months.

Grants support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film and other storytelling projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable.

Grants typically range from $10K – $25K.  There are two types of grants available: audience engagement planning grants or audience engagement implementation grants. 
More info:  http://www.thefledglingfund.org/apply



Women’s Film Institute Grants

Looking for funding and support for your film? The Women’s Film Institute has compiled a comprehensive list of funding opportunities and professional development programs to serve U.S. and international filmmakers. All public listings include information about funding organizations with deadlines, synopses of funding criteria, websites, contact information, as well as other pertinent information to help in qualifying your film for the opportunity.

We’re thrilled to provide you with this tool to save time and increase your filmmaking success. We’ve compiled this list so that you can start your search right away and start taking steps to build relationships with funders to secure your film the funding it deserves. When you make a gift, you will receive the list of funding opportunities in your inbox. Your gift will help us continue our commitment to providing affordable professional development resources to filmmakers worldwide!

Women’s Film Institute Resources

The Women’s Film Institute has gathered a list of filmmaking tools, discounts, services and information on our site. Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, we will receive a referral commission if you decide to make a purchase. We’re grateful to provide tools to save you time and increase your filmmaking success. We’ll be adding more tools and discounts to this page every week! I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!







open for sign-ups on February 14, 2016

The New England Chapter of Women in Film and Video, will celebrate its 36th anniversary with an exciting film contest - Flicks4Chicks, sponsored in collaboration with Harvard Square Script Writers. This international competition will challenge teams of filmmakers to create a unique short (ten minutes or less in length) featuring a female as its major character.

The Flicks4Chicks contest will open for sign-ups on February 14, 2016 via Film Freeway. Its goal?  To inspire original fictional stories that delve into the realities of a wide variety of women and girls (of differing races, ethnicities and ages) as they embrace their own destinies, taking charge of their lives as fully realized human beings, and not simply as Hollywood caricatures or sidelined shadows.

Each team will be given a list of dramatic "situations" to choose from and will have a period of one month from the contest start date of April 1, 2016 to complete and submit their project. Active members of any and all Women in Film chapters will have $25.00 off the submission fee of $100.00.

Crew may come from anywhere in the world but must complete their film in English (or with English subtitles) and must have a female in at least one of the following creative roles: producer; director; director of photography; writer; editor.

The screenings/festival will be held in Cambridge, MA in late June with major awards and prizes offered.  The producers of these films will retain full ownership as the festival organizers hope that they will then submit and share these stories around the world.  Watch for details to follow.




Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016
open for entries

The festival celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking, and provides a chance for both emerging and established filmmakers to get their work seen by industry, filmmakers and thousands of film fans.

There are many opportunities for industry engagement through the masterclass series, and networking sessions offer a chance to connect with programmers from around the world.

Entries are open for the 6th edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, one of the UK’s leading short film festivals and most exciting cinematic events. ASFF celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking and presents many opportunities for industry engagement.

All genres are accepted, from drama to documentary and artists’ film to music video.





BlackShirtReads is an opportunity for screenwriters to workshop their screenplays via professional readings and critique by industry professionals.  In January, 2016, BSR will be accepting submissions of feature-length and TV pilot scripts.  

See blackshirtreads.net for more information.





A Comprehensive Film Distribution Workshop

taught by industry veterans Jilann Spitzmiller and Anna Darrah 

Saturday,February 13th
Hotel Santa Fe
1501 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM  

You might think with all of the new digital platforms out there now, it’s easier to get your film distributed. Actually, it’s just gotten more complicated. The good news is, there is a lot of opportunity to reach your audience and to keep more revenue.

This content-packed workshop will give you not only a comprehensive overview of all of those choices, but will also give you concrete steps to paving a path of success. 
HOW TO SELL YOUR FILM will also give you a deep understanding of current film distribution from both sides of the aisle – from the buyer's perspective, as well as the filmmaker's.
• Learn current trends, key strategies and important players in the film distribution field right now.
• Get clear, detailed information and action steps on how you can maximize your success, in both reaching the most eyeballs, and in bringing in the most revenue.
• No matter what length, genre or stage of production, implementing the content of this workshop could be a game-changer for your film! 

Sign up at http://bit.ly/1n72XOT or call 505.466.3247

DISCOUNT FOR NMWIF:  $40 off - use code 40NMWIF in the shopping cart





Announcing: A two-day seminar for screenwriters and storytellers on using visualization techniques to help you get your story on paper. 

With: Michael Amundsen, award-winning, professional film director, screenwriter and editor.

Saturday, February 27 and March 5
10 AM to 4 PM

BODY of Santa Fe
333 W. Cordova Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Registration: $250.00
Early Registration ( before Feb.19) $200.00

Silent films are a great resource for what they can teach about writing a truly cinematic script. Using techniques developed during the early days of silent film, this seminar will teach you how to develop tools to visualize a story, analyze visual language by studying silent films, and use visualization to simplify and clarify a script. There will be discussions, exercises and in class screening and readings.

Designed for screenwriters, but writers of all genres will find this useful. 

For more info: Michael Amundsen at (310) 429-4979 or m.amundsen@att.net.
IMDB page
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1-Day Workshop with Price Hall
Saturday, February 6th
10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M
Las Vegas, NM

For actors at any level who want to gain a true ‘handle’ on the way to work for the camera. The purpose of this Workshop is to provide access to bringing the unpredictable to your work, and the ability to experience surprise in every moment of working.  You’ll walk out with a true foundation for your acting, more confidence in yourself, and the Freedom to fully embrace and live in the Unknown.
Cost: $99

For more info: thenaturalact@gmail.com





Awakening In Taos, The Mabel Dodge Lujan Story

March 15th
Violet Crown Cinemas
Santa Fe, NM

NMWIF is co-sponsoring a screening with the new Santa Fe Film Commission to benefit Awakening In Taos, The Mabel Dodge Lujan Story 

Mabel Dodge Luhan, a powerful example of the early Modern sensibility, arrived in Taos in 1917. Following on the heels of publicity generated by the Taos Society of Artists, Dodge became the next great advocate for the unique culture of Taos. New York’s Modern Art critic, Henry McBride, credits Dodge with bringing Taos to the East-Coast Modernists’ attention. Dodge also wrote the first book on the Taos artists, titled Taos and Its Artists (1947).

More information to come in the March newsletter. 
Contact us at NMWIFinfo@gmail.com if you want to volunteer.





2016 Educational Summit

The 2016 Educational Summit will be taking place in Albuquerque at the end of February! This is annual event for film and media educators at every level to gather and discuss the course of film and media education in New Mexico. This forum also provides educators the opportunity to share their successes and elevate their current curriculum in an effort to remain abreast of the ever changing and expanding needs of New Mexico's vibrant film industry. Do you have an idea for the the panels at the Summit? We'd love to hear from you! Send me an email at belle.allen@nmfilm.com

Thank you New Mexico educators for continuing to challenge our young filmmakers to excel in this exciting field! 




Get Ready For the 2016 NM Filmmakers Showcase! 

The 2016 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase will take place on June 18th and June 19th. This event will proudly showcase the work of local filmmakers across the state. The deadline to submit your fantastic film is coming up so get filming! Final details about the Showcase will be announced  next month.




NM Italian Film & Culture Festival
Feb 16-21, 2016
Guild Cinema
3405 Central Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM

The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival has been delighting audiences and gathering fans since 2007. Now in its 9th year, the 2016 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival brings to The Land of Enchantment another strong line-up of recent, award-winning and highly-acclaimed Italian films in their local premieres. All films are in Italian with English subtitles and include a great mix of genres, from comedy to drama to romance. You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this unique opportunity to explore contemporary Italy through the eyes and insights of celebrated Italian filmmakers. Join us!





Taos Shortz 
April 7-10
Taos, NM

Taos Shortz is dedicated to featuring quality juried short films from around the globe.
We bring global, world-class cinema to Taos and keep the cinematic arts thriving in our eclectic community. We provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers, and distributors.

More info: www.taosshortz.com



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


"NM Film Works" on KVSF 101.5 FM The Voice of Santa Fe. Don't miss Belle Allen, State Outreach Coordinator and Don Gray, Contract Locations Coordinator on the New Mexico Film Works radio show, live every Wednesday at 11am on KVSF 101.5 FM The Voice of Santa Fe. The Show is a talk-based radio show where we bring local New Mexico filmmakers, business people, and educators together to share knowledge, ideas and trends in the film and media industry. The show streams live at santafe.com and is also available via podcast. 




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 - Treasurer
Catharine Pilafas –Co-Chair Website/Media
Vivian Nesbitt – Chair, Membership, Co-Chair Fundraising
Valerie Moore – Chair, Sage Award