NMWIF Announcements

Mentor Mania 2017

Sunday, November 19th
1:45pm - 4pm
Location TBD, Albuquerque
$40 for members, $50 for non-members

Doors will open at 1:30pm, with explanations and introductions at 1:45pm. Meetings begin promptly at 2pm and conclude at 4pm.

Mentor Mania 2017is one of our most popular, sell-out events! Mentor Mania is like speed dating for actors!

In private, approx. 5 minute meetings, you will have one-on-one time with major New Mexico casting directors AND talent agents. This is an unprecedented opportunity, no matter where you are in your career. Last year, because of MM, a number of attendees got signed by agents.

NEW this year: We have instituted a modest fee so that this event can help NMWIF toward its financial goals. The fee for members is $40 and $50 for non-members, if any space remains. ANY NM acting workshop costs easily twice as much, and cannot offer the exposure and access to the film/TV decision-makers that Mentor Mania does.

Registration for members will open on November 1st . If any spots still remain, we will open it to non-members on November 12th. Registration will close on Friday, November 17th.

SCHEDULED to be MENTORS this year, as of now: (Subject to change)

  • JoEdna Boldin, casting director
  • Faith Hibbs-Clark, casting director
  • Kathryn Brink, casting director
  • Carissa Mitchell of Mitchell and Associates
  • Lynette O’Connor of the O Agency
  • Tina Presley of Presley Talent

Once again, we will be hosted by past president Linda McDill and Stu Goswick.


NMWIF Receives Gift from Susan Baker-Dillingham

New Mexico Women in Film (NMWIF) announced on Sunday, September 17, that they have received a generous gift of $13,000 from Susan Baker-Dillingham, Founder and Executive Director of the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC).                  

NMDT-PC was established in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) organization that focused on enriching the lives of New Mexico students through the art of dance. NMDT-PC brought training and performance to Los Alamos teaching hundreds of students and entertaining audiences with eleven years of performances and community events. In 2016 NMDT-PC closed their doors on their school and sought to transfer the remaining funds to a worthy 501(c)(3) organization. On gifting this money, Susan Baker-Dillingham said, “After closing NMDT-PC last year, I began a new pursuit regarding my dream of acting for film and television. I am proud to donate a portion of the non-profit funds that we gathered over the years to another worthy non-profit in New Mexico.”

NMWIF will use the bulk of these funds for their Scholarship Grant Program for Members, with a new scholarship program for women over the age of 40 entering the film industry. Christine McHugh, president of NMWIF said, “We’ve been given an amazing opportunity with Susan’s gift to serve our members who are seeking career reinvention at midlife in the film and media arts. In choosing us to transfer her 501c3 funds she helps to raise the profile of all or our women members looking to make a mark in New Mexico filmmaking.”

The Scholarship Grant Program for Members has awarded funds to over 35 members since 2010 to support their career development. NMWIF is proud to offer this program as one of many benefits of membership with the organization.


Members Doing Great Things

Congratulations to our members who won funds in the 2017 Scholarship Grant Program for Members!

  • Holly Adams: Pre-production funds for her film The Muse
  • Ann Bromberg: production funds for The First Time
  • Melissa Ash Brownwell: production funds for feature film Boots of My Brother
  • Doranne Candelaria and Rosalie Carle: post production funds for web series Cafe Destiny
  • Cassandra Fetters: education/training with Lora Cunningham
  • Ramona King: production funds for her film Coffee Break
  • Laura Marsh: Post production funds
  • Mariel McEwan: Education/training funds
  • Jody McNicholas: pre-production funds for Heart of Addiction
  • Sarah Minnich: education/training with Bob Jessers Studio
  • Lea Morales: WINNER of NMPA grant: Post-production funds
  • Erica Nguyen: production funds for her documentary Identities of the Peruvian Hat
  • Catharine Pilafas: post production funds
  • Robyn Reede: education/training funds
  • Jim Sea: Production funds for Betrayal of Innocence
  • Diane Villegas: Education/training funds for Sol Acting Academy

Featured Corporate Member



The Albuquerque Film Office, including NMWIF member Ann Lerner, offers free dependable assistance to filmmakers.

The Film Office serves as a liaison with City agencies and assist in obtaining locations, equipment, and hotel accommodations. Albuquerque has experienced crew, talent and a mix of diverse locations readily available.

To learn more, go to: http://filmabq.com.