June 2016 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

“The next Kubrick is, in no one’s mind, a woman. No one. No one believes the next Scorsese is a woman.”

Actor/Writer/Director ~ Julie Delphy

I want to ask you honestly, have you ever thought that? Have you ever thought the next great auteur/director would be a woman? I’m ashamed to admit that I hadn’t and I’m a woman director! This ingrained bias is an indication of the insidious nature of discrimination where a culture is created that supports that kind of limited thinking. The EEOC is currently investigating the state of gender discrimination in the Director’s Guild of America to determine the possibility of bringing a civil rights lawsuit against them. Canada, Australia and Sweden have launched major state-funded programs to try and correct this inequity and I’m left sitting here in Northern New Mexico wondering just what it is that we can do to influence this issue in our region. In the establishment of the new Santa Fe Film Commission one of the reasons cited for the need of such an organization was  “Increases in production and post-production work in Santa Fe would also keep younger generations in the area.” Which is a laudable benefit but what about employing a representative workforce of women in the area? I think that there are many opportunities in front of us to deepen this conversation and I look forward to hearing ideas from all sectors of our membership about what we can do to level the playing field. 

One thing that has been a part of our charter and that we continue to grow is scholarships for worthy members who apply to further their work in the industry. The money may go to continued education and training, finishing funds, travel or media support among many needs and we look to provide the funding for Women In Film members to grow themselves in this art form. You can be a part of this support by attending our annual scholarship fundraiser, which we’re holding this year on June 11th at Skylight Santa Fe. This year’s party is being held in conjunction with our Sage Award where we are honoring, The Artist’s Way author and NMWIFF member, Julia Cameron, for her immense contribution to women’s creativity in the arts. The evening will be filled with artists performing Julia’s work as well as great food and drinks. Please join us for this special event and know that your ticket contribution goes to promote our contribution towards raising the profile of women in the film industry in New Mexico. Our informal motto has been, “A rising tide lifts all boats” and I hope you’ll all be a part of helping our tide come in.

Keep Making Media,





2016 Sage Award Honoring Julia Cameron
NMWIF Film & TV Mixer

Saturday, June 11th
Skylight Santa Fe
139 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe, NM

June event, we will be honoring Julia Cameron with our Sage Award, which we bestow annually on a woman who has made a great contribution to the arts in New Mexico. We’ll be holding a catered mixer with music, film clips, interviews and readings from her work. Music performed byTyler Beatie, Vivan Nesbitt, Catharine Pilafas and Josh Heard. The proceeds for this event will benefit our Scholarship Fund for members to be granted in September as well as to help with operating costs

NMWIF Members  $30
Non-members $30
purchase tickets at www.nmwif.com

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We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF:
Isabel Gonzalez
Cyndy McCrossen
Kristin Hansen
Becky Smith

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, 
Judy Hennessey
Linda McDill
Dirk Norris
Lisanne Cole
Heather Antonio

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.
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:
June 6th & 20th
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 Monday
at Epicenter
101 Broadway NE
Albuquerque 87102

June 6th & 20th
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 in Film and Television International
The 2016 Film Finishing Fund Application is Now Available!



The Women In Film Finishing Fund supports films by and/or about women with cash grants and in-kind services. To qualify, the film must be at the rough cut stage at the time of submission.
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.

Women In Film Finishing Fund is currently accepting submissions!


•    Project must credit a writer and/or director who identifies as a woman, or include a protagonist who identifies as a woman.  
•    Project must be a narrative, documentary, or experimental feature or short film. 
•    Film must be at the rough cut stage at the time of submission, with 90% of principal photography complete
▪    International submissions are accepted and encouraged.

▪    Student films are not accepted.
Film must not play in public theaters (including film festivals), air on television, or stream publicly online prior to the announcement of grant winners. 

Early Bird Deadline
June 14th
Entry fee: $80

Regular Deadline
June 30th
Entry fee: $100

More info:



of our 2016 Sage Award and NMWIF
Film & TV Mixer!

The annual 2016 Sage Award and NMWIF Film & TV Mixer will be held on June 11th at Skylight Santa Fe.  While we hope you will attend the Sage Award, you can still make an impact if you are unable to.  In order to ensure the success of this very important fundraiser, we are seeking contributions to help defray the costs associated with the event, so that all funds raised can go directly toward our Scholarship Fund.

A donation of any amount helps us engage, educate, and empower women filmmakers.
Four Sponsorship levels are available. 

Go To: http://www.nmwif.com/donate/




38 copies of
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

The first screenwriting class at Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, SIPI, starts June 20th. I’m teaching a class of 38 Native American students from around the country. My goal is to encourage these young people to find their voice in film and to understand that whether or not they go on to become engineers or teachers their ability to tell story using film will serve their long range goals well. 
My 9 week course is based in part on Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, yet the school has no funds to buy the books. I’m reaching out locally to see if anyone can donate their used copies that may be sitting around gathering dust. 

You can email me back or call me at 505-553-5591 or  skatingkokopelli@hotmail.com
Yours truly,
Marc Calderwood



New Mexico Film Foundation announces
Tale Writers Screenwriting Conference

October 13 -16, 2016  
Lodge at Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM

On the Page is an educational screenwriter’s conference designed to elevate the quality of the writing and marketability of the writer while introducing writers and filmmakers to the business of the TV and film industry.

There are over 40 conference presenters including Kirk Ellis, Screenwriter/Producer, (John Adams); Dave Trottier, Screenwriter, Author The Screenwriter’s Bible; Carolyn Handler-Miller, Digital Storyteller, and Hal Croasmun, Screenwriting U.
The Conference also includes two script competitions (an open competition, and a competition for high school/college students); pitch sessions with producers actively seeking new properties, and a panel of top professional actors discussing what they look for in a script.
www.talewriters.org for comprehensive information and registration.





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.

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






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

"Sound Editing Workshop" 
with Sherwin Lau, Professor, NMSU
Saturday June 18th
1 to 3 pm 

University of New Mexico Continuing Education
Albuquerque, NM

How can editors hand a project over to the client that not only looks great, but also sounds great using affordable tools?  This workshop is aimed towards individuals who want to design sound and fix some difficult sound issues outside of their NLE and those who want to dive deeper into software designed to edit and mix audio.  The software being demonstrated in this workshop will be Adobe Audition and its integration with Adobe Premiere Pro.

This workshop will cover:
•    Overview of Sound Editing and Mixing in Adobe Audition
•    General Sound design concepts and tips
•    Working with and cleaning up dialog
Round-tripping from Premiere to Audition and then back to Premiere

Sherwin Lau is an award-winning filmmaker and educator based in Las, Cruces, NM.  Since 2004, he has worked on independent features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, and commercials both in the states and internationally.  In addition to his filmmaking career, he teaches undergraduate courses in Editing, Sound Design, Cinematography, Producing, Documentary and Short Film Production as an assistant professor at the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University. 

Classroom seating limited to 25. NMPA membership not required. 

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




Special FX Class in Albuquerque
June 4th & 5th
Albuquerque, NM

Cost: $200 pre-registration is required

Shawn Darling, the Director/Producer of the Witching Hour TV series and Internationally distributed film Grave Mistake and Special FX artist on Star Trek Deep Space Nine is offering a Special FX class in Albuquerque. Students can learn design, sculpting, mold making, casting, trimming and prep, painting, and application of prosthetics. 

This is a two day class offered by a very experienced Special FX Artists with over 20 years of experience. If you are trying to break into the special effects industry this class is a must. 

You can visit the website at: www.gryphonseggproductions.com  or contact Shawn directly at
email: gryphonsegg@gmail.com




The New Mexico Film Office presents
2016 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase

July 8th Opening Night
6:00 pm
Bank of America Theater
located at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Free Local Showcase Open to All New Mexico Residents 

2016 NM Filmmakers Showcase to be held in Albuquerque at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) on July 8- 9, 2016. The showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative talent from around the state. There is no charge to submit an entry, and the event is open to the public and free to attend. 

This year there are seven (7) categories for submission: drama, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, comedy, documentary, animation, and music videos. 

Join us for opening night on Friday, July 8th at 6:00 pm at the Bank of America Theater to meet the filmmakers as they receive awards for “Best of Film” in each category, followed by a screening of the winning films. A reception will follow. 

The following day, Saturday, July 9th, come enjoy the cream of the crop as we spend the afternoon screening the top three (3) films from each category in the Bank of America Theater. 

For more details and information contact Belle Allen, NMFO State Outreach Coordinator: 505-476-5671 or belle.allen@nmfilm.com




"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




3rd Annual George R. R. Martin Screenwriting Grant

$5000 will go to aspiring New Mexico screenwriter

This $5000 grant is made possible by a generous donation to the New Mexico Film Foundation by renowned author George R. R. Martin, known for the HBO Series “Game of Thrones” and owner of the Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe. The submission process will open on June 15th and run until September 16th. 

To enter, you must be a New Mexico resident, 18 years old and NOT a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

Scripts must be for a feature length film or original Television Pilot, in the Science Fiction or Fantasy genres.  The application process will include a 5 page treatment and a 5 page sample script. Information for submissions is available on the New Mexico Film Foundation website at   http://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/grants/grrm-grant/

Deadline:  September 16th
The award will be announce in November.




Roy W. Dean 2016 Summer Film Grant

We have started accepting submissions for the summer cycle of our Roy W. Dean 2016 Summer Film Grant. Got a unique film project that contributes to society? The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is looking to award its grant to one that fits that description. This year’s winner receives $3,500 cash and $30,000 in donated film products and services to help complete their film. 

Films can be documentaries, short films, features, TV or web series. Deadline for submission is June 30th, 2016. In addition to the cash prize, the winner receives a 1TB G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt in Watertight Rugged case from grant donor G-Technology, $1,000 in consultation, marketing material creation, design, and marketing strategizing from Smart Girl Productions., $1,295.00 scholarship to Writers Boot Camp, and much more from many other heartfelt donors. Even if you don’t win the grant, you win something valuable. Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean or a representative of From The Heart Productions which sponsors the grant. 

Deadline for submission is June 30th, 2016

Applications: http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/.

For more information: info@fromtheheartproductions.com or call 805-984-0098.




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!





NMWIF Board of Directors:

Christine McHugh - Pres – Chair, Fundraising, Co-Chair Programming/Events
Shelene Bridge – Vice President, Co-Chair, Website/Media
Kathryn Phipps - Secretary
JoAnne Tucker - Treasurer
Joan Golden - Chair, Athena Award
Ann Bromberg - Chair, Scholarships
Melissa Edmon – Events
Valerie Moore – Chair, Sage Award
Anne Stirling – Chair, Membership