President's Letter

June 2017

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

I’m so glad that I had the chance to attend the Women in Film and Television International Chapter Executives Conference in London this past month. About 40 Presidents and Board Officers from 16 chapters from around the world met up to share best practices about growing and sustaining our chapters, the state of gender equity in the film industry across the world and what actions WIFTI can take in order to best serve their membership. I’m proud to say that the state of our New Mexico chapter is strong and I was able to share lots of great ideas about how we grow our membership and administer our many programs with new and emerging chapters like Greece. With insights on mentoring programs, tactics around gender activism, receptions at BAFTA headquarters and high tea next to Dame Judi Dench, (not a part of the formal activities but a wonderful coincidence) I’d say that it was an extremely fun and information packed three days. Of course, the greatest takeaway is always the relationships and kudos to the WIFTI Board for designing a conference that left for lots of networking time to connect with these creative powerhouses and formulate the possibility of future collaborations. I extended a full-throated New Mexico welcome to all to come and visit our great state and I’d love to put together a directory of our members who have the space to accommodate our WIFTI sisters since I know our land of enchantment is a big draw. Please email us at if you have a bed to spare for those wanting to take me up on my offer. Former President and current WIFTI Board Member, Linda McDill and I are planning on holding a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn in the next couple of months to share with you all of the exciting things that we learned, so watch the website and FB page for more details. You can hear more about our trip on the Cinemascope podcast here… Friday May 26 part I.

The Director and Editor relationship panel has been one of our most well-attended events in the past so we’re bringing it back just in time to get you all ready for the 48 Hour Film Project. It will be held in Santa Fe on June 25th and you can find out more information about it on our website. Our intention is to provide some insight around navigating the challenges of two people being locked in an enclosed space for weeks on end struggling to transform hours and hours of raw footage into a concise, entertaining works of art. We’re looking forward to some tips on how to succeed and I’m sure some recounting of what to do when it doesn’t but ultimately insight into how the bond between two collaborative artists is forged.

Finally, big congratulations to JoAnne Tucker and her team of volunteers who helped make our Casting workshop with Julie Tucker such a huge success last month. The generous contribution of Julie’s time and expertise helped us raise almost $3000 for our scholarship fund and most importantly our New Mexico acting talent had the chance to shine and represent the high level of training, discipline and creativity that exists in New Mexico.

We’ll keep innovating and implementing wonderful new programs for all of our NMWIF members and friends and you just keep showing up and…

Keep Making Media,


Christine McHugh,
NMWIF President