May 2016 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

“The Artist’s Way, it really helped me, so I’m a fan of hers. I think she just wants us to GET STARTED!! 
Pete Townshend 

I don’t know where all of you are in regards to getting started on a project but for me it is sometimes so daunting that it will kill a great idea. Maybe you have a similar inner critical story to mine that keeps you from starting... “I’m never going to be able to raise the kind of money that I need to make this film the way that I want to.” Consequently, I let the idea die on the vine. No more talking it up with potential collaborators, or strategizing fundraising or even just writing the damn thing! It’s almost like there’s a part of me that wanted an excuse not to try. And so sets in the procrastination. I absolutely love what Julia Cameron says about this, “Procrastination is not Laziness it is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.”  The great news is that Julia Cameron is here to help us get a little insight into forgiving ourselves so we can get started.

We are so lucky to have Julia Cameron in our membership. She herself is an artist who writes so wisely about creativity as our intrinsic spiritual nature. The fact that she lives in our community and has offered to help us fundraise by teaching a workshop is beyond generous because we all get to benefit from it. NMWIF’s May event is Creative Myths and Monsters with Julia Cameron on Saturday May 7th at Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living.  So many of us have read the Artist’s Way and subsequent books. Some of us may have taken the 12-week class that she designed to be delivered by teachers who understand the process but here is your chance to sit with the teacher who New York magazine calls “The Chief Priestess of Creativity” herself.  A full day of experiential work and learning how to tackle the myths and monsters of failure and fear.  I hope you’ll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and join us for this day. Go to our website at for more info and to purchase tickets ($25 off full price for members). We will also be recording short testimonials about the impact that The Artist’s Way has had on your life during the breaks on Saturday that will be presented at the June event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Speaking of our June event, we will be honoring Julia 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 on June 11th at Skylight Santa Fe with music, film clips, interviews and readings from her work. We’re also putting together a short film of testimonials  about the effect of Julia Cameron’s work on people’s lives. Feel free to email us a short video or just a written statement about how much it has meant to you and we will try to include it in the video we’ll show at the party. 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. It’s a great cause and a big turnout will make it all the more fun. We’re thinking about it like our own little Kennedy Center Honors and we hope you’ll join us for this evening of entertainment and connecting. You can buy tickets for this event on the website as well.

Let’s get started! Take these this quote from The Artist’s Way to heart if you find your inner critic barraging you with self-doubt like this …
“But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really play the piano / act / paint / write a decent play?"
Yes . . . the same age you will be if you don't.”


Keep Making Media,





NMWIF is putting together a short testimonial video to be shown at the June 11th Sage Award mixer at Skylight Santa Fe. If you have something you want to say about the positive impact that The Artist's Way and Julia Cameron's work has had on your life and work please record a short video or write it in an email and send it to The deadline to be included in the video is June 5th.





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





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF:
Bianca Montoya
Adam Walsh
Catherine Haun
Kim Joy
Jessica Osbourne
Celia Lowenstein
Marti Niman

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, 
Debra Denker
Michael Zeilik
Scott Takeda
Patricia Dyea
Melissa Edmon
Carol Skipwith
Faith Hibbs-Clark

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 Member Kate Hodges! Kate produced and acted in her film TWINSBURG which was recently screened at the Taos Shortz Film Festival. Her film won Best Comedic Short!




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



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:
May 2nd & 16th
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

May 2nd & 16th
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:




"That Gal That Was In That Thing" premieres on Netflix tonight. Eight actresses tackle the tough subject of what it’s like to be a woman working in Hollywood. Check out the trailer here...




New Mexico Film Foundation announces
On the Page Screenwriters 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. for comprehensive information and registration.





Women Calling the Shots
Film Festival Hosted by NYWIFT

New York Women in Film & Television is hosting the 14th year of Women Calling the Shots, which is a showcase of short films made by women filmmakers.  This year, the festival will take place at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Members of Women in Film chapters, internationally, are invited to submit short films to be considered for this film festival.  There is no submission fee for the application.

Guidelines for submission:
•    This application must be submitted by email.
•    Include a one-page synopsis for each submission.
•    SHORTS ONLY: Films must be 20 minutes or less in running time. (There will be no exceptions for films with extended running times.)
•    Film submission: Submit an online link. (Password must be good throughOctober 31st, 2016. The submission will be disqualified if the review panel is unable to screen the work with the link.)
•    To submit a film, download and complete the attached submission form and email to Multiple submissions must be sent as separate emails.
•    Non-English films must have subtitles.
•    Completion Date: Films must have been completed after January 31st, 2015.
•    Previous submissions will not be accepted.
•    Submitted films must not have been released theatrically or received a U.S. television broadcast.

Submissions must be RECEIVED electronically by Friday, May 20th, 2016 (11:59pm EST)
Please Note: Submitting a film for the Women Calling the Shots showcase does not qualify it as a submission for the main slate of The Hamptons International Film Festival.




Blue Sky Producers Lab
call for projects

Blue Sky Producers Lab will focus on the development of scripts and the packaging of locally conceived TV, film, and media projects. It will work in conjunction with Invest New Mexico and Turquoise Trail Releasing to obtain financing and distribution deals.

Principals include producer Kenneth Segura Knoll, producer/filmmaker Tony DellaFlora, screenwriter and development veteran Sean Cardinalli, and screenwriter Dan Landes. Knoll is owner of Invest New Mexico and Turquoise Trail Releasing.

Blue Sky will launch a crowdfunding effort beginning in May, when federal laws allow investors to participate in equity funding. 

In the meantime, the group will issue a call for projects. It will select the five most commercially viable projects and help the creators work on improving and packaging the projects to make them presentable to potential funders and distributors. The group will accept treatments, completed scripts and short films that have the potential to be made into feature films. Initially, preference will be given to projects that can be produced in New Mexico, with budgets under $5 million.

For more information contact: Tony DellaFlora, (505) 440-9987 or Sean Cardinalli (310) 994-8958 )




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.

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!




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

"Digital Compositing Demystified" 
with Aaron Estrada, VFX Artist, Compositor
Thursday, May 19th
6 to 8 pm,

University of New Mexico Continuing Education, South building
room 219
Corner of University and Indian School NE
Albuquerque, NM

Ever wonder how Hollywood films manage to get such perfect green screen composites? What is easy and what is hard when it comes to “fix it in post” type problems? The answers may surprise you.

Aaron will cover the basics of Digital Compositing and do a walk through of the current state of the art composting tools. With the recent advancements in camera technology like consumer 4k, high resolution digital stills cameras, the availability of Blackmagic Design’s Fusion for free and Open Source tools like Natron (a free Nuke work-alike) we are entering a renaissance in digital compositing where the individual filmmaker is only limited by their skill and imagination.  

This workshop will be of interest to anyone in post who would like to learn how they can massively expand the production values of their projects using simple compositing tricks and techniques.

Bio: Aaron Estrada is a VFX artist and technologist with over 20 years experience and 14 feature film credits and numerous TV credits. He is VP of Applied Technology at Cinnafilm, where he oversees their cloud strategy and cloud product development. An avid supporter of education, Aaron also teaches Digital Compositing and other C.G. disciplines part time at UNM. Several of his former students, and people he has mentored, have gone on to careers at major studios.  

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,





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, or call 505-751-9613.

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

More info and registration at




Authenticity Workshop with Laura Gardner

May 21-22
10am- 4pm

Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite 114
Albuquerque, NM 87109

LAURA GARDNER of the world famous HOWARD FINE ACTING STUDIO is returning for a two day acting intensive focusing on emotional freedom in the audition, the job, and in your life. New students are welcome. Returning students will face new challenges.

$205 includes all fees

Saturday May 21st
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Group and individual exercises to help you break through your limitations and fears, all in a challenging yet safe environment.

Sunday May 22nd
10 am – 4 pm
Take what you have discovered into the role and audition room. A camera will be used on day 2.

for more info




"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





Annual Roswell Film Festival

May 19-21

Galaxy 8
4501 N Main St.
Roswell, NM

The Roswell Film Festival honors International Feature and Short Films of all genres.  Special Sections include: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Independent, Documentary and New Mexico based productions. 




CineFesta Italia Film Festival  

June 1-4
Santa Ffe, NM

At CineFesta Italia in Santa Fe, we take great pride in showcasing the most talked about voices of contemporary Italian cinema. Our carefully curated selection of feature films, shorts and docs represent notable works otherwise only screened in a handful of select markets, such as Los Angeles, New York and Europe… and now in the oldest capital in USA, Santa Fe. Whether a special night out or three sumptuous days of cinema, art and culture, we invite you to immerse yourself in the food, colors, sounds and people of the land we all love. Join us for an exclusive touch of Italia in the heart of old Santa Fe.  

This June, enjoy special appearances by Italian filmmakers and artist, chefs, emissaries and dignitaries from Italy, as we come together to celebrate what Italy does best: la dolce vita!

Hotel Santa Fe offers special rates for CineFesta Italia patrons.

CineFesta Italia is an annual event of films, artisanship, food and culture to benefit local charities. 2016 Santa Fe beneficiaries are "Cooking with Kids" and "Communities in Schools" in Santa Fe.

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!




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