Careers Overview

The New Mexico Film Office has a wide variety of resources for New Mexico Filmmakers:

Crew calls: looking for crew for your shoot, post your listing here.

Casting Calls: post free casting calls for your project.

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities: this page will link you to our bulletin board listings.


Film Production Chain of Command

Film and television projects require several crew members and vendors with different specialties to complete a production. Crew organization is very hierarchical.


ABOVE-THE-LINE and BELOW-THE-LINE

“Above-the-line” (ATL) is an industry term derived from where the money is budgeted for Writers, Directors, Producers and Principal Talent. This term refers to job positions that are associated with the creative and/or financial control of a film or multimedia project, not the technical aspects. “Below-the-line” (BTL) is an industry term associated with the “fixed” costs. Examples include studio fees, equipment rental, travel costs and crew rates. Therefore, BTL crew refers to the technical crew hired for the length of the production, often paid hourly or weekly for that time period. These individuals do not have primary creative or financial control of the project, nor do they receive residuals.

Professional Organizations

 

Independent Television Services (ITVS)

About: ITVS is looking for proposals that increase diversity on public television and present a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings.
Link: www.itvs.org/


Motion Picture Association

About: We are the voice of one of the country’s strongest and most vibrant industries – the American motion picture, home video and television industry. We aspire to advance the business and the art of filmmaking and celebrate its enjoyment around the world. Our members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Link: www.mpaa.org/


The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Society Foundation

About: Offers grants to individual visual artists through two programs: an annual Individual Support Grant and a separate program to assist visual artists in cases of catastrophic events through an Emergency Grant program.
Link: www.gottliebfoundation.org/


The Independent

About: The Web site version provides selected articles about public television, documentaries, productions issues, interviews, and more.
Link: www.aivf.org/


NALIP – National Association of Latino Independent Producers – Signature Programs

About: The National Association of Latino Independent Producers offer the Latino Writers Lab for members who aspire to work as professional writers. NALIP also invite applications for the Latino Producers Academy, a ten-day intensive seminar for feature film and documentary projects that are in advanced stages. NALIP also sponsor documentary workshops called Doing Your Doc held in various cities throughout the country.
Link: www.nalip.org/


SCREENsite

About: Created by the University of Alabama, this site is a resource for film and TV education with an exhaustive list of links to journals, film databases, and filmmaking resources.
Link: www.screensite.org/


Microcinema International

About: Microcinema International organizes international screenings of independent films, videos, and digital art. Its website provides a screening schedule as well as information on their “Independent Exposure” series.
Link: www.microcinema.com/


The Open Society Institute’s Youth

About: The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grant making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform including youth initiatives.
Link: www.opensocietyfoundations.org/


Solaris Entertainment

About: Solaris offers a “Finishing Fund” to support fellow indie filmmakers who seek the resources necessary to complete their films. In addition to financing the completion of these films, Solaris offers the expertise necessary to help navigate the post-production waters, enabling filmmakers to get the film they envision to the market in the most effective way. They will assist in the films’ promotion, festival strategy, and sales strategy.
Link: www.solarisentertainment.com/


National Black Programming Consortium

About: NBPC seeks projects from producers and directors whose work have the potential for airing on the national or regional public television schedule.
Link: www.nbpc.tv/


Film 411

About: A link to film magazines, festivals, organizations, production companies, film equipment providers, and more.
Link: variety411.com/


Green Production Guide

About: In Summer 2010, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the launch of the Green Production Guide, an interactive website which provides the production community with access to a database of environmentally-sensitive products and services from vendors and service providers nationwide.
Link: www.greenproductionguide.com/


Academy Film Scholars Program

About: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sponsors this $25,000 grant for established film scholars. Download the application.
Link: www.oscars.org/saa


Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

About: Asian films, articles and filmmaker resources – A non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
Link: www.asianamericanmedia.org/


NEFilm

About: Funding opportunities and links.
Link: www.newenglandfilm.com/news/archives/00september/finance.htm


International Documentary Magazine

About: The monthly periodical covers the current documentary film scene, profiling documentary makers, and funders.
Link: www.documentary.org/


Chicken and Egg Pictures

About: Chicken and Egg Pictures are a “hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they’re embracing, translating and exploring on film.” Chicken and Egg Pictures has given our over 1 million dollars to filmmakers in the last five years.
Link: www.chickeneggpics.org/


Indie Gogo

About: IndieGoGo, works to enable you to get your ideas funded.
Link: www.indiegogo.com/


International Documentary Association

About: The IDA is a membership organization that supports makers of non-fiction film. Their free public site also offers a month-by-month resource for funding application deadlines, as well as information about film events, classes, and more.
Link: www.documentary.org/


NMedia

About: NMedia’s purpose is to promote the growth of the film and digital media industry in New Mexico.
Link: www.newmexicoedia.com/


Carnegie Corporation

About: Many areas of funding includes: education, international peace and security, international development, United States democracy.
Link: www.carnegie.org/


Cineaste

About: This quarterly publication focuses on the art and politics of cinema.The site offers a handful of articles online and a brief summary of the archives.
Link: www.cineaste.com/


The Foundation Center

About: Grantseekers, funding research, training and tutorials.
Link: foundationcenter.org/


Funding Exchange/Paul Robeson Fund

About: Funding Exchange (FEX) is a leader in the social justice movements. The Activist-Advised Funds of the Funding Exchange directly involve community activists and leaders in philanthropic decision-making.
Link: www.fex.org/


PBS Public Broadcasting Service – The Producers Workshop

About: The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in conjunction with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) conduct The Producers Workshop, a competitive seminar that covers a range of production skills open to independent filmmakers.
Link: www.pbs.org/


Teamsters Local 492

About: TEAMSTERS LOCAL 492

Link: local492film.org/

Contact: Teamsters Local 492 Film Department
4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE
Albuquerque NM 87109
505-344-1925 ext 14


Millimeter Magazine

About: Specializing in production and post-production of television, film, and commercials. The website provides selected material from the print version as well as a production buyer’s guide.
Link: millimeter.com/


Ford Foundation

About: Broad grants database includes asset building, community development, knowledge, creativity, freedom, peace and social justice areas.
Link: www.fordfoundation.org/


National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

About: NAMAC has a huge searchable directory of media organizations and filmmaker-friendly links. The site also offers member-only technical assistance boards and discussion groups.
Link: www.thealliance.media/


Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants

About: From the Heart Productions is dedicated to funding films that are “unique and make a contribution to society”.
Link: www.fromtheheartproductions.com/


IFP Independent Feature Film Project

About: IFP is 29 year-old organization serving filmmakers and film industry members by providing seminars, workshops, screenings and grants.
Link: www.ifp.org/


Internet Movie Database

About: A searchable database that includes thousands of movies. This site also has a section specifically devoted to independent film: https://indie.imdb.com/. Special indie features include a weekly “ask the filmmaker” section with well-known independents.
Link: www.imdb.com/


Filmmaker Magazine

About: The online version of this print quarterly offers interviews and articles about independent films and filmmakers, it also provides a list of extensive resource links.
Link: filmmakermagazine.com/


Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF)

About: The AIVF site offers insight into the industry through its film and video monthly,The Independent. This site also includes discussion boards and information about AIVF’s advocacy projects.
Link: www.aivf.org/


New York Foundation for the Arts

About: Offers financial and informational support to the artists in New York State and throughout the United States.
Link: www.nyfa.org/


Astrea National Lesbian Action Foundation

About: Grants and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied community challenging oppression and claim human rights.
Link: www.astraeafoundation.org/


IATSE Local 480

About: IATSE Local 480 represents professional film technicians working “below-the-line” on TV and movie productions in the state of New Mexico. Since 1988, Local 480 has covered experienced film workers in ninety-nine crafts within twenty departments. It is our goal to provide our members with the benefits of safe working conditions, health coverage, and retirement.

The office is located at 1418 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Office Phone: 505-986-9512
Email: brandy@iatselocal480.com
Link: local480.com/


McCormick Foundation

About: NMWE is a unique initiative addressing opportunity and innovation, recruitment and retention for women in journalism by spotlighting their ingenuity and entrepreneurial abilities.
Link: www.newmediawomen.org/


IATSE Local 600, International Cinematographers Guild

About: WESTERN REGION (NATIONAL OFFICE)
7755 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90046
(323) 876-0160
(323) 876-6383 Fax (Executive Office & Bus Reps)
(323) 878-1162 Fax (Member Services)

Michael Chambliss
Email: mchambliss@icg600.com
Link: www.cameraguild.com/Home.aspx


National Science Foundation

About: The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants and cooperative agreements for research and education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
Link: www.nsf.gov/


Ben and Jerry’s Foundation

About: The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers competitive grants to not-for-profit, grassroots organizations throughout the United States which facilitate progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems.
Link: www.benjerry.com/foundation/guidelines.html


Frameline

About: Frameline’s Filmmaker Support Program seeks to provide grants, awards and training to insure that new LGBT films make it to the screen.
Link: www.frameline.org/filmmaker-support


Sundance Institute

About: Sundance Institute programs offer financial and creative support for independent screenwriters, filmmakers, composers, and others. Find out more about their “lab” projects and famous film festival.
Link: www.sundance.org/


Native American Public Telecommunications

About: NAPT fosters the creation of authentic Native American programming for public television.
Link: www.nativetelecom.org/


WIF Women In Film

About: Women In Film empowers, promotes and mentors women in the entertainment and media industries. WIF’s programs include a Fulfillment Fund Summer Internship Program and Pilot Mentoring Program.
Link: www.wif.org/


Indiewire

About: Includes reviews, interviews, and links. IndieWire is a forum for indies looking for festival and contest deadlines, discussion, classifieds, and more. Sign up to receive the daily dispatch.
Link: www.indiewire.com/


New Mexico Film Resource, Inc.

About: 6401 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87508; 505-428-1421; 505-428-1131 Fax;

Email: filminfo@sfcc.edu
Link: www.newmexicofilmresource.org/


AC Teen Film Academy

About: AC Teen Academy was founded in 1978. This film acting academy serves youth from 13 to 20 years of age.
Link: www.acteen.com/


American Humane Association

About: If you are using animals in your project, contact the American Humane Association at https://www.humanehollywood.org/
Jone Bouman
American Humane Film & TV Unit
11530 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604
818-501-0123

Link: www.humanehollywood.org/


National Endowment for the Arts

About: The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to encouraging the artists and organizations that participate in advancing and preserving the media arts, and to supporting the production of media art works that celebrate the arts — visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, etc. — in an engaging and creative manner
Link: arts.gov/


Cinereach

About: Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter.
Link: www.cinereach.org/


Greenhouse Fund

About: The Greenhouse Fund competitively awards grants for industry training and professional development projects for public television professionals.
Link: www.cpb.org/grants/greenhousefund


Independent Feature Project

About: The site offers in-depth feature articles about independent film and filmmaking as well as other information and networking resources.
Link: www.ifp.org/


John D, and Catherine Mac Arthur Foundation

About: Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.
Link: www.macfdn.org/


New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts

About: NMLA is a nonprofit dedicated to providing artists and art organizations with pro bono legal assistance and educational programming within the state of New Mexico. NMLA was created to establish a bridge between the arts and the legal communities so that: artists and art organizations may gain greater competence in handling legal and business aspects of their creative activities; the legal profession may become more aware of and involved in issues affecting artists and the arts community and, the law may become more responsive to the needs and interests of the arts community.
Email: info@nmlawyersforthearts.org
Link: nmlawyersforthearts.org/


Filmmaking.tv

About: Filmmaking.tv is all about learning the business. It organizes lists of links that range from screenwriting to editing, distribution to collecting, and festivals to jobs.
Link: filmmaking.tv/


Moviemaker

About: This magazine covers the art and business of making movies; it also has information on submitting to upcoming festivals.
Link: www.moviemaker.com/


Corporation for Public Broadcasting

About: Grants open to individuals or institutions in television, research and consulting.
Link: www.cpb.org/grants


Sundance Institute Labs

About: The Sundance Institute offers unique and intensive programs in their Screenwriters, Directors, Theater and Filmmakers Labs.
Link: www.sundance.org/


Oppenheimer Camera

About: Oppenheimer Camera provides equipment and cameras for cinema, TV and corporate shooting.
Link: oppenheimercameraproducts.com/


Alabama Humanities Foundation – Grants Program

About: Non-profit organizations are applicable for grants from this foundation, this site provides the guidelines for the application process.
Link: www.alabamahumanities.org/grants/


Independent Film and Television Alliance

About: The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the trade association of independent producers and distributors of motion picture and television programming worldwide.
Link: www.ifta-online.org/


Kickstarter

About: Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.
Link: www.kickstarter.com/


Tribeca Film

About: Tribeca is designed to help foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities.
Link: tribecafilm.com/


Latino Public Broadcasting

About: Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition, and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans.
Link: www.lpbp.org/


Sundance Institute Documentary Fund

About: The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is made possible by Open Society Institute. Films supported by the Fund have received widespread distribution to their intended audiences via broadcast and theatrical release.
Link: www.sundance.org/programs/documentary-film#/


Filmmakers.com

About: A news site for would-be filmmakers and screenwriters, Filmmakers.com also features film industry announcements as well as a ton of resources and listings.
Link: www.filmmakers.com/


Film Festivals.com

About: An information resource focusing on film festivals around the world, this site offers information, links and contact details for a staggering number of film festivals.
Link: www.filmfestivals.com/


International Film Seminars – Scholarships

About: Organization sponsors several grants and fellowships for filmmakers interested in the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Download applications.
Link: www.flahertyseminar.org/


New Mexico Music Commission

About: David Schwartz, Chair
New Mexico Music Commission
P.O. Box 33174 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87596
dsmedia@earthlink.net
Link: www.newmexicomusic.org/


Fractured Atlas

About: Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations.
Link: www.fracturedatlas.org/


SAG-AFTRA

About: The New Mexico Branch of the Screen Actors Guild is overseen by the Los Angeles office:
(800) 724-0767 884-8343

Link: www.sagaftra.org/


Variety

About: A major mainstay of the industry, the website offers breaking headlines and articles about film, television, music, books, and more.
Link: www.variety.com/


Creative Capital Foundation

About: Organization provides grants to film, video, and new media artists. Learn how to apply and get profiles of grantees.
Link: www.creative-capital.org/


Center For Independent Documentaries

About: CID is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to collaborating with independent filmmakers, offering assistance and support in bringing their films to completion.
Link: www.documentaries.org/


Film Comment

About: Published bimonthly, Film Comment provides articles on art, entertainment, and the industry of filmmaking. Shortened versions of the print articles are available online.
Link: www.filmlinc.com/


POV American Documentary

About: Point of View is filmmaker-focused; intent on supporting and presenting the work of today’s best contemporary storytellers.
Link: www.pbs.org/pov/

 


NAPTE National Association of TV Program Executives

About: This global, non-profit organization is dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of televised programming in all forms across all mature and emerging media platforms. Projects include NATPE TV Producers Boot Camp and NextGenTV Competition.
Link:www.natpe.org/


Animating Democracy Initiative

About: Read about grants offered by this arts advocacy program sponsored by Americans for the Arts.
Link: www.americanantiquarian.org/artistfellowship.htm


Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

About: Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are dedicated to strengthening America through education.
Link: www.avdf.org/


Nextpix

About: Mission: produce and distribute quality media content in both traditional and digital formats for theatrical, video/DVD and Internet release.
Link: www.nextpix.com/

 


Fleischhacker Foundation

About: The Foundation has two grant making programs: Arts & Culture and Precollegiate (K-12) Education.
Link: www.fleishhackerfoundation.org/

 


The Hollywood Reporter

About: The industry publication focuses on the business of film, television, and music. The online version includes a message board, resource links, an industry directory, and more.
Link: www.hollywoodreporter.com/


New Mexico Film Foundation

About: The mission of the New Mexico Film Foundation is to support the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent filmmakers.
Email: info@nmfilmfoundation.org
Link: www.nmfilmfoundation.org

 


Women In Film – New Mexico

About: New Mexico Women in Film is a non-profit outreach network committed to the professional development and achievement of women in the film and television industry through mentorship, networking, education and community. To learn more about NMWIF, email: nmwifinfo@gmail.com; web: www.nmwif.com.
Email: nmwifinfo@gmail.com
Link: www.nmwif.com/


DGA Directors Guild of America

About: The Directors Guild of America is a labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports and new media. Founded in 1936 when a small group of the best-known directors of the time joined together to protect the economic and creative rights of directors in motion pictures, the DGA is the world’s preeminent organization representing directors and members of the directorial team, including Directors, Assistant Directors, Unit Production Managers, Associate Directors, Stage Managers and Production Associates – 17,000 strong worldwide.

Contact info:
DGA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
7920 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(310) 289-2000
(800) 421-4173

Link:  https://www.dga.org/