New Mexico Women in Film is a New Mexico-based outreach network committed to the professional development and achievement of women in the film and television community through Mentorship, Networking, Education, and Community.
Women in Film was born in 1973 in the Los Angeles office of Tichi Wilkerson-Kassels, publisher of the Hollywood Reporter. She gathered a group of women for lunch to discuss the state of women in The Business. The results of that lunch were big plans to work together as Women in Film to increase awareness of the contributions of women in the industry. Word spread rapidly. Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) was soon formed to act as the global network comprised of all of the member chapters. There are now over 40 Women in Film organizations worldwide spanning 4 continents, 18 countries with more than 14,000 global members, among which all of our members are included.
New Mexico Women in Film was formed in 2005 and NM representatives attended a WIFTI World Summit. To form a chapter, Janet Davidson, Deborah Johnson, Karen Koch and Kaaren Ochoa invited every woman listed in the New Mexico Film Directory to the initial meetings. NMWIF quickly became the fastest growing chapter to date and continues to receive significant attention from the international membership.
What We Do
Each month NMWIF sponsors a member event on a wide range of topics to help inform and connect our film community. Every week, NMWIF hosts screenwriting groups in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Additionally, each member receives a monthly e-newsletter with industry information, events, and opportunities.
The annual Sage Award was created by NMWIF to honor a person who is dedicated to the ‘greater feminine’ and active in supporting women in the film and TV industry. We are very proud of our recipients who have received the Sage Awards since its inception, including Shirley MacLaine, Ali MacGraw, and Trish Lopez.
It is our honor to offer scholarships to NMWIF members in good standing. Each year, we award financial grants to further the projects, training or education of our members, and thus their careers.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Women in Film chapters around the world have made numerous PSAs for 501c3 charities and NMWIF is honored to continue this effort in New Mexico.
The NMWIF Screenwriters Group is a collection of writers & actors who meet every week in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to read and give feedback on new work.