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Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

NMWIF had a marvelous February chock-full of important events and outreach. Our screening of This Changes Everything and the panel with filmmakers that followed was an evening to remember. If you missed this powerful film look for it on Netflix and Amazon VOD the first week of June 2019. This is a movie that EVERYONE should see because giving women a fair representation in our storytelling media changes our culture and humanity for the better.
Board member, Amy Lanasa invited a contingent of NMWIF spokespeople down to the Las Cruces Film Festival on Saturday the 23rd to spread the good word about NMWIF’s mission and member benefits. We thank her for this opportunity and look forward to furthering our reach into the southern part of the state with a satellite chapter developing down there to bring more speakers and events to folks in the the Las Cruces and El Paso area. Of pertinent interest to all of our members is the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival happening on International Women’s Day and continuing through the weekend (March 8-10) in Las Cruces. The filmmakers will be around after the screenings to talk about their work, which relates to feminism and/or border issues. See more information in the events listings.
We continue to seek opportunities for Mentorship, Networking, Education and Community Building for all of our members working in all aspects of the New Mexico film community. If you’re currently working on a production we’d be happy to get some info posters about the organization for you to put up in the break room on set. We want all women, above and below the line, independent and production company related, documentary and narrative, young and old (ahem, experienced) to know about the good work that we do supporting women in film.

Keep Making Media,

Christine McHugh
NMWIF President


This Changes Everything at the Santa Fe Film Festival
NMWIF would like to thank everyone who attended our screening of This Changes Everything at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Our global community is at a turning point. Discrimination and violence against women hurts us all, and across the United States and around the world, women and men alike are taking courageous action.

Inspired by the film This Changes Everything, the 1000 Acts of Courage Campaign intends to give voice to the silence, to help people recall actions they have taken, and to share their courageous actions that have interrupted discrimination against girls and women.

By contributing an act of courage, you will put yourself in the mindset of being a creator of change, increasing the likelihood that you will act courageously again. By sharing these acts of courage, we intend to both honor those who have spoken and inspire all of us in bringing about a world where girls and women have equal opportunities to thrive.

Those who submit their stories of courage can choose to share their story with others or remain anonymous. Selected stories will be amplified on the ILLUMINATE website and social media. Once the campaign reaches the goal of 1000 Acts, we will celebrate with an e-book containing selected acts.

Courage looks different on everyone. Whether big or small, each act of courage in service of women's empowerment makes an impact - because it's not just our beliefs that change the world, it's our actions. What is your story of courage?

Please share your story here:
Board Elections
NMWIF will be filling multiple 2-year commitment Board seats in an election to be held via electronic ballot in March. If you are interested in supporting NMWIF in this voluntary capacity look for the Board Member self-nomination email to be sent out to members only in the third week of this month. Deadline for nominations is March 7. Election ballots with candidate names will be sent out in Mid-March to members with a voting deadline of March 31. New Board member terms will start on April 1st. Board service is a great example of "you get out of it what you put into it." The involvement of members in good standing at this level makes all the difference in delivering high-quality programs and benefits to all women looking to make a career in film in our state. 
Join the NMWIF Mentor Program!
The member mentor program is a members-only opportunity for experienced and new NMWIF members to connect, learn, and network. Experienced film professionals will be able to mentor new filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, cinematographers, and more. Newer filmmakers will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with a mentor and learn about the film and TV industry.

If you are a member in good standing and want to join the Mentor Program, go to: and enter the password mentor2018. Fill out the applicable form, and apply to join our mentorship program Facebook group here:
Members Doing Great Things
NMWIF Member Jacqueline Murray Loring recently finished writing and editing the book, KiMo Theatre: Fact and Folklore. The book is a collection of newly-told stories, articles, memoirs, insights, opinions, never-before-heard remembrances, and researched facts about the KiMo Theatre as a performing arts theatre and a movie palace. Congratulations, Jacqueline!
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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Friday, March 8, 2019
Sandia BMW Motorcycles
6001 Pan American Frwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

WHEN: Friday, March 8, noon-1pm
(please allow extra time to park and find the room)

WHO: NMWIF Scholarship Winner, Jim Sea who won his scholarship for production funds for “Betrayal of Innocence.”

BIO: Writer and producer, Jim Sea, has won numerous awards for his writing and acting. He is co-author of Spiritual Nomads a research study analyzing self-destructive behavior with regressed memories. He was co-founder of Family Crisis Counseling Center dealing with families in danger of having one or more children placed outside of the home and has undergone training in Bonding Psychotherapy. He earned a Masters in Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. He has written a solo show addressing the problem of sexual assault which he has performed both nationally and internationally. He is also the author of a blog offering resources on how we can bring an end to sexual assault. Jim brings a wealth of experience and is the driving force behind BCF.

The project that was funded partially by NMWIF was a teaser for a documentary titled Betrayal of Innocence. A documentary about Jim's campaign to put an end to sexual assault. Due to project creep the funds were eventually used to fund a PSA on sexual assault prevention.

WHY: this is an excellent way to learn what other members are doing, to meet other members and learn how NMWIF annual scholarship grant programs support projects.

HOW: Free to members, just bring your membership card, $10 for non-members

Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

Friday and Saturday, March 8th and 9th
New Mexico State University

Join us on March 8 & 9 for two days of film, filmmakers, conversation, and food. Students, community members, staff, faculty, filmmakers, all are welcome to this event. We begin on March 8th, International Women’s Day,  with a three hour video program that will play on repeat during the day in Williams Annex 107 (1390 E University Ave Las Cruces, NM 88001) from 10am to 5pm. Next, the festival will feature 4 filmmakers in a showcases at the CMI Digital Theater (2915 McFie CircleLas Cruces, NM 88003) that highlights their work and puts them in conversation with each other. This event is moderated by filmmaker Aimée Schaefer.  A dessert reception will follow after.

Saturday, March 9 will be a day of film screenings. All screenings are organized into thematically linked programs that include a mix of documentary, live action narrative, & animation. After a reception at 6pm, the festival will conclude with a finale featuring films selected as festival finalists. Audience and jury members will vote for their favorites. Please join us for screenings throughout the day and this very special finale event at 6.30pm. Drinks and refreshments will be served throughout each day/evening.

For more information, go to:

Workshops, Classes, & Grants

2019 New Mexico Girls Make Movies Screenwriting Competition

Deadline: March 8th, 2019

Calling all girls and young women in New Mexico! Do you have a story you want to tell? Apply for the 2019 NMGMM Screenwriting Competition. The winner and two finalists will receive cash prizes and an invitation to the NMGMM Gala in May where the winning screenplay will be performed as a staged reading. Finalists will work one-on-one with professional female mentors to turn their stories into screenplays or improve their screenwriting skills before the final judging. This is great opportunity to improve your writing skills, meet other young writers and filmmakers, and have fun!

For more information and to apply:
NMFO Travel Coordinators Class

March 9th
Time: 1:30pm - 5pm
Location: Special Collections Library, Botts Hall
423 Central Avenue Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87102

A Travel Coordinator is a part of the production office on a film set and arranges for cast and crew travel prior to and during production. The ideal person for a travel coordination position would be someone who is detail oriented, ability to pick up computer skills easily, great decision making skills, ability to move quickly and possess excellent communication skills. The job does require you to be available 24 hours a day when you are working on a production to take care of last minute schedule changes. In this class Sandy Levinson, Joyce Smith and Crystal McAlerney will teach you how to do the job of Travel Coordinator for the film industry. At the end of the class you will be better prepared to start working as a Travel Coordinator.

To register: CLICK HERE
2019 Writers Lab

Deadline: March 14th, 2019

The Writers Lab is a four-day script development workshop that gives women screenwriters over 40 the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers, directors, and producers. The retreat takes place near NYC, but in the countryside: beautiful and private locations that minimize distractions and promote creativity and confidence. Through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, guest speakers, and group meals, Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process that provides support in both the craft and commerce of screenwriting.

For more information and to apply:
Professional Acting For Film, Television & Commercials

Date: March 14th - March 15th
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Location: Learning Center at Meow Wolf
1352 Rufina Circle
Santa Fe,NM87507

Taught by Sheryl Roberts, professional casting director and producer with over 30 years experience, this workshop will teach students the key aspects of acting in film, television and commercials. Students will learn what casting directors are looking for and what they need to deliver in order to land the role. This workshop is perfect for both professional actors and those just getting started.

Special guest James Blackburn, Emmy Award-Winning Editor, and other industry professionals, including agents!

For more information and to register, go to:

Kansas City Women in Film & Television Staged Reading

Deadline: March 15th, 2019

KCWIFT is an non-profit organization that encourages and fosters equality in the media industries. We support women and their allies in our endeavors, through the avenues of mentorship, funding, collaboration facilitation and recognition.

Currently we are looking for short film submissions for our 2019 staged reading at the Kansas City Film Festival on April 14th! Short films must be 5 minutes MAX and preference will go to films with strong female characters and/or a strong female crew! The deadline is Friday, March 15th. Submit your short films by emailing them to We look forward to seeing your short films!
Carol Hickey Acting Studio 3 Day Intensive
Date: March 15 – 17
Time: Friday, March 15th 6pm-7pm 
Saturday, March 16th 11am-2pm & 3pm-6pm  
Sunday March 17th 11am-2pm
Location: Far Horizon Studio – 304 Washington SE
This workshop will focus on the disciplined practice of training the imagination to create a second reality using the script as a road map.  Mastering this approach the student becomes self-reliant and can create a truly realistic performance that has profound resonance and dimension. This workshop will guide the student to a professional level that results in booking work!

Register Online:
2019 New Mexico Filmmaker's Showcase

Deadline: March 22nd, 2019

The State of New Mexico Film Office invites entries for the 2019 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase. The yearly juried competition is open to New Mexico residents only. There is no fee to submit. The Showcase will culminate in an Awards Ceremony on May 10th, 2019 at 6pm at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque and the winning films will be screened immediately after the awards ceremony.

For more information and to apply:
Roy W. Dean Film Grant

Deadline: April 30th, 2019

Celebrating its 27th year, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant is awarded to a unique film that contributes to society.  Winner will receive $3,500 cash and $30,000 in film production services to shoot and finish their project.  Deadline for submission is April 30th, 2019. Every filmmaker receives a free consultation on their project. 

Filmmakers can apply for the grant at  

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