Join us at the NM Filmmakers Showcase Networking Event and Awards Ceremony--this Saturday, May 19th, 5pm

The NM Film Office invites you to the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Awards Ceremony and Networking Event. The event will start with a networking hour where attendees can mingle. Food trucks will also be on hand for those who want to purchase food or beverage. The Awards Ceremony will include a panel with last year's winners and the handing out of awards. 

This year's Filmmakers will be competing for the following awards:
Best in Show—the highest scoring film in all categories, the winner will receive a $250 cash prize from New Mexico Film Foundation and a $200 gift certificate to use on expendables from Cinelease.

Audience Award—an award for the film with the highest number of votes from our Submittable Online Gallery.

Wild Card—the highest scoring film based off the judges scores after the finalists.
This year's Best in Category finalists are:
Comedy Category:
Canned Soup , Laura Gayarre-Acacio
Diva’s Perfect Posse Ep. 1.1 Perfect Pumps ,
Christina Gopal
Dog Bachelor , Jamie Merideth
The Backroom , Albert Fry Jr
The Love That Would Not Die 2 , Devon Ludlow
 Documentary Category:
How We See Them , Jesse Fisher
Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco , Shebana Coelho
Parade of Dreams , Gabe Gillette
The Mayors of Shiprock, Ramona Emeson
Wonderful Ed a Santa Fe Story , Mark Shepherd
Drama Category:
Agnosia , Christopher Horn
Chasing Sunset , Robert Posey, dir. Justin Holtzen & Evan White
Pareidolia , Erick Castillo
Pieces of a Dream , Carolyn Smith
Undying , Dominique Mazire
Horror Category:
18 Minutes Of A Film That Refuses To Exist ,
Christian Lemons
The 7 Doors , Alex Gianopoulos
The Entrada , Mark Lewis
The Hitchhiker , Aaron Lopez

Music Video Category:
Medicine , Ted Bolton
Ruse Of Fools - Happy Song , Sherwin Lau
Memoryy - Not Over You , Shaun Hettinger,
dir. Aron Hethcox
NM Roadtrip , Lizette Casas
Vanish. Abyss , Dusty Deen
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category:
Apothecary's Cage , Jake Extine
Flux , James Perkins
Of Stars & Magic , Trevor Rogers
Saturn Return , Evan Curtis
Shift , Jac Roberts

Student Category:
Bruises , dir. Kel Cruz & Lauren McFather
Casuist , LeRoy Grafe
Pure Democracy , Samuel Smith-Boyle
Shovel and Gore , Kristen Saiz
The Next Page , Addison Fulton
Chris & Noah Grismer: Awesomeness TV “The Unsettling”
Chris Grismer is in New Mexico to direct the AwesomenessTV series “The Unsettling.” His resume includes many favorite TV titles such as “Freakish,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Orphan Black.” Joining Chris for our interview is Noah Grismer - an actor in “The Unsettling” and also Chris’ son! Listen in to this very interesting dynamic between Director Father and Actor Son, a unique conversation to say the least.

New Mexico Film Office Free Educational Speaker Series: Budgeting & Accounting for the Film Industry

 When: May 30th, 6-7pm
Where: Joseph Montoya Building, Bid Room
            1100 S. St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87505.
What:  What do you need to know about budgeting and keeping the books for your film? Are there insider secrets and shortcuts you aren’t taking advantage of? Come hear Film Accountant Kerry Newberry teach you what she has learned from years of working on films and working within the New Mexico Tax Incentive Program.

The Educational Speaker Series is a free event and is open to the public, please register for this event using the link above.

Liaison Spotlight: Eric Witt, Executive Director
Santa Fe Film Office
What jurisdiction do you represent?
We are a joint city/county film office, so technically we represent the entire 2,000 square mile footprint of Santa Fe county, including the city of Santa Fe. But as a practical matter, we also act as a service partner for productions throughout northern New Mexico up to the Colorado border, particularly the north-central regions.
What productions have shot in your area?
Over the past 100+ years, literally too many to mention. Hundreds, likely thousands all told. A few of the major film/TV productions over the past dozen years include films “Only the Brave,” “Thor,” “Book of Eli,” “Hostiles,” “True Grit,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Wild Hogs,” and “Logan." Television has included “Longmire,” “Godless,” “Cosmos,” and “Graves.” We don’t handle only feature film and television, basically any commercial endeavor with a visual component to it comes through our office.
How can you help filmmakers in your area?
We aim to be a “one stop shop” for filmmakers in the region in terms of facilitating the physical production of projects. Permitting, helping with locations, vendors, interfacing with the various governmental jurisdictions (local, county, state, federal, tribal). The one thing we DON’T do – and which of course we always get asked – is help in securing financing and distribution. That’s up to the filmmakers.
What do you consider to be a unique location in your jurisdiction?
The obvious thing is the city of Santa Fe itself, but again, we cover a big territory so there’s much more to it than that. More than a particular location I’d say a unique feature is the tremendous range of topography, demographics, settings – all things from 12,000-foot granite peaks skying above the tree line, through alpine forests and meadows, riparian watersheds, down to high desert. Urban centers, small towns, mountain hamlets. Working ranches and movie ranches. Soundstages, post houses. The Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe/Aspen Ballet. World class museums. Art, music. Vistas that would make a Bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window, to steal a phrase. All of which make it a great location not only to make film and television, but also a great place to be while you’re doing it.
Favorite movie or tv show?  
I’d say my favorite New Mexico films have been “The Avengers” and “Book of Eli.” But that leaves out “True Grit,” “No Country,” “In the Valley of Elah,” “Hell or High Water,” “Wild Hogs,” the list goes on and on. And who can forget the blockbuster, “Beer for My Horses”?? On tv, I really took to “Graves,” “Midnight, Texas” is shaping up nicely and I completely geek-out on “Cosmos.” The cinematography on “Godless” will make you cry. There was a multi-season series in the mid 2000’s called “Wildfire” which will always hold a special place in my heart because it really kicked off New Mexico’s production of episodic television.
Anything else you would like included?
Lastly and most importantly, I’d like to thank my SFFO colleague Jennifer LaBar and all our fellow film offices and liaisons around the state with whom we are honored to work. It’s a cliché but it’s true: Our people make the difference. The fact that we have a statewide network of passionate, knowledgeable film liaisons is a tremendous asset to our state and one more reason New Mexico stands out as a premier filming location.

For more information about the Santa Fe Film Office visit
Save the Date: The NM Film & Media Industry Conference will be November 16th and 17th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
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Sponsor Registration Opens: June 1st
Early Bird Attendee Registration Opens: June 1st
Vendor Registration Opens: July 16th

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