April 2016 Newsletter

Letter from the President

 Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

Spring Break! Even though you may not have made it to the beach in Cabo or Padre Island or Daytona I bet that a lot of you still consider yourself students. Or maybe, more accurately, “life-long learners”. I certainly do. This semester, I completed a Film Directing class and I’m readying my final project for Photoshop at SFCC. I’m also visiting all the schools with media programs in town to talk up the good work we do at NMWIF and let writers know about our Athena screenwriting competition. Everywhere I go I meet students of a variety of ages and levels of experience who are all in the pursuit of broadening their knowledge and experience in the film and media arts. A great many of them have become members of our organization because they recognize the opportunities for mentorship, networking, education and community, the four pillars of our mission. As formal students they are primed to take advantage of all that we offer.  I’m hoping that the rest of our members, be they professional or associates, are excited to do the same. To that end we have a couple of great educational events coming up. 

On April 12th, at WESST Enterprise Center in Albuquerque, author and teacher, Barbara Waxer will be delivering a delightfully educational and entertaining presentation on Copyright and Media. Included is lots of info about legal fundamentals, how to protect your work and find media that you CAN use. This is “must know” stuff for all of us whether we’re shooting short docs, production designing music videos or writing full-length features. Her award-winning book, Internet Surf and Turf is becoming the media-makers reference guide so be sure to attend this enlightening presentation. 

Mark your calendars because on May 7th we are thrilled to be offering a daylong workshop with The Artist’s Way author, Julia Cameron, called Creative Myths and Monsters. We are honored to count Julia as a NMWIF member and her proximity as a Northern NM resident affords us a privilege that artists from countries everywhere long for – the opportunity to learn from the preeminent authority on fostering creativity IN THE WORLD! Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity being held at Santa Fe Center Stage and sign up now because space is limited.

So many great educational opportunities and like author Brian Herbert said, 
“The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice.” We at NMWIF hope you’ll choose to join us for these events and that you’ll…

Keep Making Media,
Christine McHugh





presented by: Barbara Waxer

author of  "Internet Surf and Turf" The Essential Guide to Copyright 

Tuesday, April 12th
6:00 – 9:00pm
WESST Enterprise Center
609 Broadway Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM

Learn legal fundamentals. Find media you can use. Protect your work.
Creativity + Knowledge = Awesome

Barbara Waxer is an author and instructor at Santa Fe Community College, where she teaches web writing, copyright, and interactive media classes in the media arts department and film program. Barbara loves exploring technology for users and generators of creative content. She is an award-winning author and editor of copyright, Adobe, Microsoft, and personal learning products for Cengage Learning. Her book Internet Surf and Turf: The Essential Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Finding Media won the TEXTY textbook-authoring award and the New England Book Show Award. Barbara’s goal is to remain a disruptive influence for fair use in creative communities. http://www.barbarawaxer.com/

NMWIF Members no charge
Non-members $15 – purchase tickets at www.nmwif.com





Creative Myths and Monsters: A Workshop on the Artist’s Way
with  Best-Selling Author Julia Cameron

Saturday, May 7th
10:00am – 5:00pm
Center Stage Santa Fe at the Center for Spiritual Living
505 Camino de los Marquez
Santa Fe, NM

“Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.”
In this one-day workshop, international bestselling author Julia Cameron will dedicate herself to helping you identify and unravel old and unworkable ideas that block your creative spirit. Tools will include Morning Pages and Artist Dates. The workshop itself will be a mix of lecture, Q&A and experiential work in small groups. Expect this course to jump-start your creative process, refresh your own thinking around creativity and introduce you to a creative community.

JULIA CAMERON has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of more than forty books, fiction and nonfiction, including such bestselling works on the creative process as The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. Also a novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film and television.

NMWIF Members  $100
Non-members $125 – 
purchase tickets at www.nmwif.com




NMWIF presents Athena Award Screenwriting Competition
The Woman in the Story

Submissions Open
Deadline Extended  to May 1, 2016

“The overwhelming response from residents across New Mexico has compelled us to reexamine the Athena Award timeline and to extend the deadline to give all New Mexico residents the time needed to complete and submit their scripts.  The response has truly been a credit to the storytelling spirit of New Mexicans,”  said Shelene Bridge, Vice President of New Mexico Women in Film.

Every NM resident will now have additional time to complete and submit their screenplays.  The competition is designed to highlight aspiring New Mexico screenwriters who have an intriguing story with a central female character and/or strong female theme.  

•    Residents of New Mexico have a chance to submit a 10 page screenplay with a female central character.  
•    The entrant does not have to be a member of NMWIF to submit a script. 
•    Submitted scripts must be original screenplays and the sole property of the applicant(s). 
•    All screenplays submitted last year may re-submit this year (if you did not receive a prize).
•    All ages are eligible to submit a screenplay to the Athena Award Screenwriting Competition 

Once all submissions are in, three judges will select the top three scripts with a final judge to decide the winners of the competition.  

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, 2015.  

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

Find out more info and download forms: http://www.nmwif.com/athenaaward/

Deadline: May 1, 2016.  
Submissions received after May 1, 2016 will not be considered.  
The winners will be notified before July 15, 2016.





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF:
Adam Roth
Frances McCain

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, 
Julie Reichert
Carolyn Wickwire
Ronee-Sue Helzner
Joan Golden
Lynn Hamrick
Barbara Odell

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.




Hey Friends! Join us at Taos Shortz
Congratulations to all of our outstanding NMWIF member, Vivan Nesbitt, Melissa Edmon and llana Lapid!  Their short films will be screened and we can’t wait to see them.  

Saturday, April 9 -  Program 11
12:22 pm – 3:22 pm

La Catrina, Ilana Lapid, Drama   
Grieving her husband’s death, a farm worker becomes La Catrina, the Dia De Los Muertos figure of death, and journeys towards him through the landscape of the harvest.

Leverage Brian Delate, Drama - Vivian Nesbitt, actor
When starting over needs a jump start. Its a coming of age story for women over 50. 


Sunday, April 10 – Program 14
12 noon – 2:00 pm 

Steam Machines, Melissa Edmon, Documentary
Unexpected aesthetic lies hidden in the dusty darkness of the steam traction shed

Tix on sale here: 



So Proud of one of our own Trish Lopez! 

Congratulations Trish on creating such a WONDERFUL program of matching teens with seniors who need technical services! Seniors having difficulty navigating or operating their smart phones, tablets or laptops can get free, one-on-one coaching from tech-savvy teenagers. 

Belen native Trish Lopez launched Teeniors last year after pitching her idea at a startup weekend. The company is gaining customers, with about 40 teens providing service at group events and through individual coaching.



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



NMWIF Success Stories

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.




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:
APRIL 4TH & 18
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

APRIL 4TH & 18
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!





Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Call for Entries

The 8th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will open on Wednesday October 19, 2016 and close on the evening of Sunday October 23, 2016 hosting five days of independent film, networking events, educational workshops, and masters discussions.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, one of Moviemaker Magazine's Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, is accepting entries beginning January 12th for our 2016 festival. Submit your film to Santa Fe's premiere film event. Last year, SFIFF experienced its most successful year to date with attendance of over 10,000 film goers for the second consecutive season cementing itself as one of Santa Fe's most celebrated annual events.
Earlybird Deadline - March 3rd
$40 for Feature Films
$35 for Shorts

Regular Deadline - May 2  
$60 for Feature Films
$45 for Shorts

Late Deadline - July 1  
$75 for Feature Films
$50 for Shorts

Final Deadline - August 1
$100  for Feature Films
$60 for Shorts

More info: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Santa-Fe-Independent-Film-Festival/ 

Submit your film today!
Withoutabox: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=8650




4th Annual Native Film Series
Accepting Submissions!

Deadline April, 2016

With a mission to educate, entertain and encourage people to think differently, the Native Film Series strives to provide a stage for filmmakers and storytellers to share their stories. Award-winning movies made by indigenous filmmakers will be shown at the newly renovated El Morrow Theater in downtown Gallup, New Mexico in August, 2016.

In collaboration with the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, one of the oldest Native American celebrations in the state, the event will include two premieres, two days of films and a children’s matinee hosted by a popular storyteller.
This Native Film Series has been extremely popular in past years, with the indigenous population of Indian Country forming lines out the door and around the block to see movies made by natives, for natives and featuring native crews and actors. The Sundance award-winning “Drunktown’s Finest”, made by filmmaker Sydney Freeland, drew capacity crowds during several showings.
The Native Film Series has been showing the independent lens of today’s thought provoking filmmakers from across the country and around the globe.  The categories are as diverse as the indigenous populations.
Our audiences want artists to join them in this one-of-a-kind experience the power of watching timeless stories and the native experience on the silver screen in the atmosphere of the wild west.
Join us in showing off your cinematic effort. Allow the audience to see your story on our screen.

Contact NM Film Liaison, Lisa Rodriguez at 505-870-1124, lightlanguagestudio@q.com or the gallupchamber.com.



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.

Deadline 31 May 2016






Film Crew Seminar: Santa Fe Film Festival
FILM 270 CRN 31207

April 12 - May 12
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30p-4:15pm for 5 weeks
Nani Rivera, Director of the Santa Fe Film Festival will be teaching a class in film festival organization, marketing, presentation and all the "ins" and "outs" of what it takes to make a film festival successful. April 12th and runs through May 12th with students working with the SFFF Labor Fest May 1st.

This is an excellent class for student interested in learning how to navigate a film festival, plan large events and market their work in small venue festivals. Nani is a graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and has been working with the Santa Fe Film Festival for over five years. She has helped numerous film school graduates in Santa Fe obtain their first union film jobs and is a local Santa Fean who believes in the power of Santa Fe and its local film community.

For information or to enroll email filminfo@sfcc.edu



New Mexico Post Alliance and
UNM Continuing Education  
Postproduction Workshop Series 2016

The New Mexico Post Alliance is sponsoring a Postproduction Workshop Series 2016 in cooperation with UNM Continuing Education. The workshops will cover a variety of topics including video and sound editing, post workflows, color correction, tips and tricks of on-set sound mixing, visual effects, animation, motion graphics, plus more.

The series will be offered once per month on Thursday evenings, or Saturday afternoons in room 219 at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education, South building, University and Indian School NE.

This is for anyone interested in understanding digital acquisition, visual effects and compositing, postproduction, sound recording, sound editing, video editing and postproduction workflows.

Post Production Careers: Being on the Cutting Edge of Change
with Steve Milner

Saturday. April 16th
1 to 3 pm 

Steve will discuss what it is like working in postproduction, the business as a trade and earning your skills on the job. Steve’s discussion will include topics such as always changing post careers, advancement by changing jobs and a group discussion on “How will we bring job opportunities to New Mexico by establishing and growing a thriving post industry.” Steve believes that the postproduction business boils down to billing, and that we can create positions and opportunities to establish NM as new hot bed of postproduction. 

Bio: Steven Milner has been a technician in post production for over twenty years at some of the industry’s top houses in Los Angeles and New York. His range of experience includes technical evaluation, editing, telecine mastering and color grading, into addition to lighting design with 3-D software. He has worked closely with world-renown color correction artists at Company 3 in New York and gained exposure to an elite group of clients in the commercial market. Having returned to his native New Mexico, Steven hopes to bring the same level of work to our state.

Workshops require a $30 fee. NMPA members qualify for a 20% discount if three workshops are purchased at time of registering.

Register at Eventbrite, nmpapostworkshops2016.eventbrite.com





The Wisdom of No Technology
with Dyanna Taylor & Don Usner

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, New Mexico

June 1-7

If twenty media makers get together in the woods and don’t make any media, does anything happen?

This rare 'time out' is open to all media professionals, including filmmakers, crew persons, photographers, writers, producers, journalists, radio professionals, composers/musicians, web and graphic designers. Come to the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch and let the early summer alchemy of New Mexico’s wild Tusas Mountains guide, revitalize and restore your inspired self.

The 4th annual retreat offers media professionals a chance to unwind and recharge the capacity to create, to remember and return to the roots of inspiration. We will leave all our equipment behind to fully experience the peace of a pristine mountain valley in the remote Tusas Mountains of Northern New Mexico.

During extended day hikes and quiet walks (in spacious meadows that edge the crystal clear Vallecitos River, and in forests, home to elk, wild horses and giant pines), silent sitting and writing (with paper and pencil!) we will find the path back to what truly guides our work. In the evenings, we enjoy delicious meals and relaxed fireside talk as we hear from each other and explore what can manifest when we take time away from the over-stimulation and demands of the media world.

Cost: $795 covers all meals and lodging during the retreat.

Limited number of participants so don’t delay!
To register visit
Email refuge@vallecitos.org, or call 505-751-9613.

Transportation to and from ABQ and Santa
Fe airports and ride shares are coordinated.

More info and registration at www.vallecitos.org


Film Auditioning I "The Communication Method" 
with Faith Hibbs-Clark, CSA
April 12th 2016
Albuquerque, NM
5 pm to 9 pm

Learn Faith's unique and copyrighted "method" to film auditioning. This is a hands on workshop based in science and taught by casting director Faith Hibbs-Clark, CSA who has been casting for 16 + years and focuses on what is needed to stand out during the prelim audition phase. You will receive copy of your work.  

Fee $99
Register at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecgh2yjs88303595&llr=wg5vrzn6

Auditioning for Film II  "The Communication Method" 
with Faith Hibbs-Clark, CSA 

April 13th
Albuquerque, NM 

Continuing on with Faith's copyrighted original method for auditioning for film based on the science of communication & psychology, students learn what it takes to be remembered at a callback, what to change and what to leave alone, and why. Focus is on a 2 person on-camera audition and chemistry reads. 

Fee is $99. 
Register at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecgh6ter48ed6fe4&llr=wg5vrzn6

Auditioning for Film III  "The Communication Method"
with Faith Hibbs-Clark, CSA 

April 14th
Albuquerque, NM 

Continuing on with Faith's copyrighted original method for auditioning for film based on the science of communication & psychology, students learn what it takes to add the fine details to their performance that will allow them to carry their audition performance skills over to the set for a most memorable performance. 

Fee is $99
Register at:




The Writers Lab

The Writers Lab is a four-day writer’s workshop that gives women screenwriters over 40 the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers, directors, and producers. The retreat takes place near NYC, but in the countryside: beautiful and private locations that minimize distractions and promote creativity and confidence. Through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, guest speakers, and group meals, Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process that provides support in both the craft and commerce of screenwriting.

$65.00 Late Deadline -    April 14, 2016
$30.00 NYWIFT, other WIF chapters*, and WGA members Deadline - April 14, 2016

Find out more info:http://thewriterslab.nyc/




"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. 


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





Taos Shortz
April 7-10
Taos, NM

Check out our updated website and start buying for the April 7th to 10th festival.

Taos Shortz has grown to be an internationally regarded full 4 day global short film festival. This year we will screen 150 short films from 30 countries with over 70 visiting filmmakers. Plus plenty of parties, socials and late night events to mix and mingle with fellow cinemites. We screen global short stories from the far corners of the globe that inspire, challenge, and question ideas.  This year we highlight a showcase of films from IRAN. Our Key Note speaker is Luke Matheny, who won an Oscar for his short film 'God of Love'

We also have a full New Mexican Filmmaker Day,  a Native American program, and a program designed for the young high school filmmaker in our great state. For fellow Taosenos...we have a special night to see your friends and family on the big screen. 
See you at the Movies!

More info: www.taosshortz.com




The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
April 18-24

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) is Albuquerque's premier film and music festival. Now in its 4th year, AFME features domestic and international movies, engaging industry panels and workshops, exciting networking events and parties, live music, poetry, art exhibitions, and more. 





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
January 13, 2016 for 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!







April 22 - 28
Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe on April 22nd.
SOLD is an award winning narrative, feature film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick. Aw

Based on true stories, SOLD, is the story of Lakshmi who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called Happiness House in Kolkata, India.
Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as the girl in the film. SOLD is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

We hope our film, SOLD, will inspire a global movement to address this crime domestically and internationally.

SOLD is directed by Academy and Emmy award-winner, Jeffrey D. Brown, Executive Produced by two time Academy Award winner, Emma Thompson, Produced by Jane Charles, Co-Produced by Katie Mustard and Written by Joseph Kwong and Jeffrey D. Brown




NMWIF Board of Directors:

Christine McHugh
Chair, Fundraising   
Co-Chair, Programing/Events 

Shelene Bridge
Vice President
Co-Chair, Website/Media

JoAnne Tucker

Kathryn Phipps  

Valerie Moore
Chair, Sage Award

Anne Sterling
Chair, Membership  

Joan Golden
Chair, Athena Award 

Melissa Edmon
Chair, Events

Ann Bromberg
Chair, Scholarships

Administrative Assistant