July 2015 - Extras - New Mexico Women in Film's Film Fiesta


Winter Elise (@WinterElise1)

New Mexico Women In Film is celebrating ten years with Film Fiesta. This non-profit chapter of Women In Film supports local women and men in the film industry at any levels and in all jobs including students. The organization strives to keep its members current on new developments in the film industry. July 10-12 NMWIF will be showcasing films from past and present members on a tri-city tour of New Mexico.

In order for this event to happen NMWIF sent out a call to all past and present members to submit their Documentaries, Narrative, Experimental, Music Video, Animation, Webisodes, and Commercial/Corporate. “We had 49 films submitted, which totaled over 14 hours. The Board of Directors agreed to keep the Fiesta at 6 hours. We created a Screening Committee of six NMWIF Members.”- Shelene Bridge, film editor.

After NMWIF was able to choose the top 17 entries they then sent them to judges in the film industry outside NMWIF to make the final cut. The six hours of top films will be on tour in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. For the low ticker price of $15 you can spend the day watching the best of the best in an air-conditioned theater in the town of your choice.

NMWIF does more then bring a film fiesta to town every ten years. They have bi-monthly meetings in Santa Fe and Albuquerque to share knowledge and help the community stay in touch with one another. Every year NMWIF hold a fundraiser that turns into scholarships for its members to help them pay for a project or further education. The Athena Award is given to excellence in short screenplay writing, anyone can enter. The winner will receive $1,000 and a professional table read of their script. “Final Judge, British screenwriter, Dr Helen Jacey, commented that Bequest is 'layered, developed, complex, intense and psychologically astute...altogether brilliant!' “NMWIF is under the umbrella of the international Women and Film organization. Members are connected to filmmakers around the world.

If your interested in making films or just watching them come check out Film Fiesta! There will be active members of NMWIF on hand to talk to about your love of film. www.NMWIF.com you can sign up on the site to receive email updates and everything film that they are doing each month. August is Mentor Mania, similar to speed dating with the mentor of your dreams. October will be the fundraising events, go out and support your local filmmakers. Check the website frequently for other events. *Festival locations, days and times may be subject to delay or change.

July 10, 2015 Las Cruces @ The Fountain Theater 5-11pm

July 11, 2015 Albuquerque @ The Guild Cinema 5-11pm

July 12, 2015 Santa Fe @ The Jean Cocteau 5-11pm

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