March 2016 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

On March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day and the organizers of the event are calling for a Pledge for Parity (#pledgeforparity). The following startling statistics cry out for the involvement of our membership in helping to bring balance within our own sphere of influence to take action towards gender equality.

“The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.” Just in time for your great, great, great, great granddaughters entering the workplace!

“Globally, with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action - and with men and women joining forces - we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over.” We have a very enlightened and passionate membership here at NMWIF and I encourage men and women alike to imagine what purposeful action might look like for you in helping women advance equal to their numbers in the film industry. To that end we are celebrating the achievements of eight accomplished women filmmakers with our March event on the 8th in Albuquerque. We will be hosting the Women In Film and Television International’s (WIFTI) Shortcase, a mini-film festival of the winners and some selected finalists of Women in Film members from around the world. We are honored to have a finalist from New Mexico, Ilana Lapid with her film La Catrina and we will also be premiering the new PSA promotional video that member, Shelene Bridge, has created about NMWIF as well as past President and current WIFTI Board Member, Linda McDill speaking about all of the benefits and resources that are available to all of our chapter members through our parent organization WIFTI. 6-8:30 at the Special Collections Library in Albuquerque with a chance to mingle at the Artichoke Café after. (More details below). As a way of taking action toward parity we want to offer free admission to all film students in New Mexico (with Student I.D.)  since we know that they are our future and this WIFTI Shortcase event gives them the chance to see just what a support NMWIF can be to their burgeoning careers. 

Also, we celebrate New Mexico’s female artistic pioneer, Mabel Dodge Luhan in co-producing a fundraising screening on March 16th of Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story. Join us, the Producers of Awakening in Taos and the newly formed City of Santa Fe Film Commission in presenting this benefit featuring the biographical documentary of a woman who had a profound impact on the arts in New Mexico. (More details below).

NMWIF is grateful for all those who participated in the voting for new Board Members in the ballot that went out last week. We are happy to announce a stellar line-up of accomplished, enthusiastic and dedicated women. Joining the continuing members, Vice-President, Shelene Bridge, Secretary, Kathryn Phipps, Valerie Moore, and myself as President we have interim members, Joan Golden and Julia Romero, Treasurer, Jo Anne Tucker, and Members At Large, Ann Bromberg, Ann Sterling, and Melissa Edmon. Speaking for this illustrious group of accomplished women, we look forward to serving the mission of NMWIF by raising the profile of women making media in this State.

All of us in this organization continue to face inequity in our industry and it can be very dispiriting when you hear something like this quote from Director, Kimberly Pierce; [On “Carrie”], “I got half my salary. It’s happened twice. I have a quote, and they said: “We’ll give you half. Take it or leave it.” They know, you are willing to take less money. And that’s not great for you, or other women, but it’s still better — every movie I make, it still matters. At the end of the year, they’re like, how many of the top 100 movies were made by women in the system, and that year it was two. Me and “Frozen.”¬ 
Keep looking for ways to go beyond settling for gender parity as “still better” and aim for absolutely equal. And 

Keep Making Media,
Christine McHugh






Tuesday, March 8th
6:00 pm
Special Collections Library
423 Central Ave
Albuquerque, NM 87102

NMWIF Member & WIFTI Shortcase Finalist:  Ilana Lapid will be presenting her film La Catrina.  Synopsis:  Grieving her husband's death, a farm work on the border 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, the land and the seasons, and the movement from loss towards healing.

NMWIF Members no charge
Non-members $15 – purchase tickets at




Awakening In Taos, The Mabel Dodge Lujan Story

Wednesday, March 16th
6:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Screening at 7:00 PM
Violet Crown Theater
1606 Alcaldesa St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Tickets: $25

You Are Cordially Invited to a reception in honor of Mayor Javier Gonzales’ new City of Santa Fe Film Commission and a Benefit Screening Co-Sponsored by New Mexico Women in Film of Awakening In Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story (Winner: Best Feature Film Made in New Mexico Award at Santa Fe Film Festival 2015) 

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).

Cash Bar and Reception in the Violet Crown Event Room at 6:00 PM.
Introduction and Screening in the theater begins at 7:00 PM.
Q&A with the Filmmakers ends at 8:30 PM

This event will be sold-out and there are limited seats, please purchase your tickets early at:
Film Commission Guests please RSVP directly to: or call 831.402.1373




The Woman in the Story

NMWIF presents AthenaAward Screenwriting Competition

Submissions Open 

The winner will receive a cash award of $1000, the NMWIF AthenaScreenwriting 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. 

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. 

Find out more info and download forms:

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





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF:
Jim Behnke
Katherine Guidry
Corinne Montoya
Pamela Stovall
Michelle Souza
Rose Ademulegun
Marika Day
Sujatha Kelly

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, 
Jean Stevens
Anne Stirling
Juanita Trad
Debra Denker
Barbara Bentree
Ann Bromberg

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.





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




NMWIF Success Stories

From member Joan Golden ~ 

Just wanted to say how valuable my membership in New Mexico Women in Film has been so far! I’ve met the most amazing and generous women, learned a tremendous amount, furthered my career, created contacts and formed friendships that will last a long time.
This terrific organization has given me the chance to be involved in the film industry in New Mexico at a level where I can really contribute. Here’s to many more years of being with NMWIF!


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:
March 7th and 21st
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins





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

March 7th and 21st
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!




Women’s International Study Center
Call for applicants

WISC's Fellowships-in-Residence are intended as professional development opportunities for women and others who wish to pursue work in WISC's five focus areas: women in the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy. There are two distinct Fellows-in-Residence application processes available: one for individual applicants and another for groups seeking a residency experience.

Individual Fellowships are usually two-to-six weeks in length. Applicants selected for the Fellowship will receive a $1,000 stipend for a four-week residency. Stipends for shorter will be prorated by day. Fellows will be housed in shared space in two residences on the property.

The Group Fellowship-in-Residence is meant to support a group of collaborators in need of a period of residency to engage in teambuilding and/or work on a project together. Group residencies are available for a period of three days to two weeks in length. WISC can accommodate a maximum group size of three individuals year-round and up to six individuals during the months of June and July. 

WHERE: Santa Fe, NM. Acequia Madre House Guesthouses.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2016 to be considered for the Fall 2016 (October - November) and Winter-Spring 2017 (January - April) Fellowship-in-Residence trimesters.

If you or someone else is interested in applying:
Check out our residency page for more information.
Begin the simple online application.



New Mexico Film Foundation
New Mexico Film Foundation Actors Showcase

March 26th  
South Broadway Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM

Tickets are $8 and available HERE

Here are our 2016 New Mexico Actors Showcase Finalists

New Mexico has talented actors and the New Mexico Film Foundation is providing this opportunity to showcase their abilities. We are presenting the New Mexico Actors Showcase, a live audition/performing arts event. New Mexico actors have the chance to perform an audition live on stage with a director in front of an audience.
Our Masters of Ceremony are Ricky Lee and Marisa Jimenez

more info:






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: 

Submit your film today!




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, or the




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.

Deadline 31 May 2016





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.

Register at Eventbrite,

2016 Workshop Schedule:

Brad Stoddard, Stoddard Communications
Editorial Workflows - “Digital Camera to Digital Deliverables” 

Thursday, March 10th
6 to 8 pm  

Brad will cover the video postproduction process (workflow), demonstrating non-linear editing tools Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Davinci Resolve. Demonstration and discussion will include  importing, media management, metadata, exporting, file formats, and quality checking deliverables. Q&A.

Steve Milner, “Post Production Careers: Being on the cutting edge of change”
Saturday, April 9th
1 to 3 pm 

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

More info:




Women’s Film Institute E-News

Podcast: Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers with Thomas Crowell

In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) has an in-depth conversation with Thomas A. Crowell, TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer and Author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers. Thomas A. Crowell demystifies some of the business and legal aspects of protecting your film. He discusses the basics of copyright protection for filmmakers and artists. He also shares the following tips:
•    How to protect your film (or screenplay or comic book) from concept creation to financing to shooting to distribution.
•    How to get a script to popular Hollywood actors and actresses.
•    How to take advantage of production incentives and tax benefits for your film production.

More info:




Film Auditioning Workshop I
Casting Director Faith Hibbs-Clark workshop

March 2
5 to 9 pm
Western New Mexico University
Student Memorial Building
3rd floor Seminar Room

cost $75 (discounted rate, paid at online registration).   

Presented by Western New Mexico University Cultural Affairs, “Film Auditioning Workshop I” is open to actors of any level (18 or older).  While in town, Hibbs-Clark will conduct personal consultations ($40 for a half-hour session, $75 for a one-hour consultation) with interested actors and actresses. She’ll also visit Silver High School’s advanced drama class and perhaps a few other school groups.

Hibbs-Clark has more than 16 years’ experience casting in Hollywood and around the U.S. for brands like Disney, Universal, Paramount, Sony, The Weinstein Company and Lifetime and has taught actors her copyrighted METHOD for film auditioning, also lending a science-based method for approaching the process.

Register for the workshop at  
Schedule a consultation by sending an email to




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.

$35.00 Early Bird Deadline -March 1, 2016
$50.00 Regular Deadline -March 31, 2016
$65.00 Late Deadline -    April 14, 2016
$30.00 NYWIFT, other WIF chapters*, and WGA members Deadline - April 14, 2016

Find out more info:





The NM Film Office Family Grows!  

Lisa Lucas - Senior Manager of Production
Lisa Lucas is a writer/producer/actor. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in French Literature and Theater Arts. For the last 18 years, Lisa has produced and written over 30 TV series which include the popular ABC series The Bachelorette,  Work of Art on Bravo and the Emmy winning My 1st Time on NBC. Most recently, she was a producer on the award winning feature documentary, A Thousand Voices, which debuted on PBS , and is still playing in many film festivals across the country. She is an Executive Producer and principal partner in the Santa Fe based production company, Noel Jehuda Productions, (which just partnered with Warner Bros. to develop a docu-series in 2015/16), creates reality and scripted TV series, web series as well as short films and independent and documentary features.  

Derrick Ballard- Emergent Media & Technology Coordinator  

 Derrick D. Clyburn Ballard is an accomplished transarchitect and has been a leading member and consultant for research and design groups focusing on architecture, immersive media and film. He uses his creative skills and over 20 years of experience in design, computation, and construction, to bring forth innovative concepts across disciplines while also mentoring students in various areas of cutting edge design and fabrication. As a result, Ballard has received numerous awards and honors as a designer and has taught and lectured at universities in the US and abroad.

As a transarchitect, Ballard's methodologies have produced priceless interactions with some of the nation's most respected minds in the fields of architecture, computer science, and major motion picture production. Passionate about technolgical art and reaching the masses through media, he has been Set Designer on feature films such as Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Independence Day II, Lone Survivor, and The Book of Eli. He has also received commendations as a Lead Set Designer for the Emmy award winning Series Breaking Bad.  


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




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:




Grants for Women Filmmakers and Screenwriters: 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



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:




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:




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!




SEMBENE! coming to a theater near you!

Guild Cinema
Albuquerque, NM
March 11 - 14
6pm showings

Screenings continue around the U.S. and the world. 
Read reviews at Rotten Tomatoes (we have a 93% rating!).  
Check out our TRAILER,  and stay tuned for constant updates at




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
Barbara Bentree – Co-Chair Programming/Events
Catharine Pilafas –Co-Chair Website/Media
Vivian Nesbitt – Chair, Membership, Co-Chair Fundraising
Valerie Moore – Chair, Sage Award
Ashley Baca – Co-Chair Membership