Call for Entries

Madrid Film Festival Open Call for Submissions:

Third Annual Short Film Showcase Seeks More Local Talent

Impresario Joe West and author Andrew Wice invite all aspiring and established local filmmakers to submit a short film for consideration in the Madrid Film Festival, a Theater of Death Production. On April 1, the festival will begin accepting short films (thirty minutes or less) which were created over the past year in New Mexico. The submission deadline is Monday, June 29, 2020.

The third annual Madrid Film Festival, appealingly hosted by Mr. West and Mr. Wice, will be screened at the Engine House Theater on August 7th, 8th and 9th. Filmmakers whose work is accepted by the festival will receive free tickets and refreshments, and be invited to an exclusive VIP reception. Films that win an award become eligible to join the Madrid Film Festival on Tour, going on the road to visit audiences all over the state.

Thanks to a grant from The Kind World Foundation, for the first time this festival is able to offer monetary prizes: $500 cash awarded to the film that wins the Festival’s grand prize, Le Palme d’Coal, and $500 cash awarded to the film that wins the best local Madrid film prize, the “Oscar” Huber.

Submit an entry by including a link to your film (youtube, vimeo, dropbox, etc) in an email to Please indicate the genre in which your film belongs (comedy, drama, thriller, music video, documentary, animation or non-traditional).  Multiple entries are accepted and there is no submission fee. Please include an explanation of how your film is connected to New Mexico. To be eligible for the “Oscar” Huber local Madrid film award, it must be made by people who reside within fifteen miles of Madrid, New Mexico. Please visit for more information.

The historic Engine House Theater is a beautifully rustic performance space, the crown jewel for the cultural gem of the mining district that is The Mineshaft Tavern. It is located at 2846 State Highway 14 in Madrid, New Mexico.

Joe West’s Theater of Death, now in its eighth year, produces an annual anthology of dark horror/comedy plays, featuring original live music and macabre melodramatics, inspired by the Grand Guignol Theatre of Paris. The next Theater of Death plays will be terrifying audiences around Halloween, 2020.

Contact: Joe West, Andrew Wice, Doug Speer


Joe West is an award-winning songwriter, performer and director. In addition to his international touring schedule and nine full-length albums (including his newest, Rodeo of the Soul), he propitiously founded the Theater of Death production company. Please visit and

Andrew Wice is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of seven novels, including To The Last Drop (Bäuu Press, Colorado, 2008), as well as the best-selling smartphone app, The Oral History Tour of Madrid, NM. Please visit .

Doug Speer is a retired producer, creative director and photographer. After 32 years in corporate communications, he joined the Theater of Death in 2018 as Technical Director for the inaugural Madrid Film Festival and continued with the fall productions of Invasion! and Freakatorium.

Mission Statement

The Madrid Film Festival seeks to encourage local filmmaking by showcasing the best short films produced in New Mexico each year. Supporting amateur and minority filmmakers is a particular emphasis, especially in the small town of Madrid where educational workshops can directly reach aspiring filmmakers.

History of the Festival

Musician Joe West had the idea of a local short film festival and brought it to author Andrew Wice; when they added technical wizard Doug Speer, the trio of producers balanced together. The inaugural 2018 festival was a surprise runaway sold-out hit. They expanded the 2019 festival into three full days, and then took the prize-winning films on a successful short tour around New Mexico. The 2020 Madrid Film Festival promises to feature the absolute best short films made this year, and the Film Festival On Tour will bring the top films to local communities all over the state.

Call for Submissions

Production Title:  The Albuquerque Funny Fiesta
Production Company: Arts Hub
About:  The Albuquerque Funny Fiesta is New Mexico’s only all-comedy festival featuring films, comedians, improv troupes, sketch performers, musicians, magicians and so much more!
Director: Jeff Andersen
Producer: Josh Bien
Additional Information: The 2nd Annual Albuquerque Funny Fiesta will be held June 25-28 at The Guild, The Box, TLab and other local venues. There are 3 tiers of submissions. Our Early Bird takes place February 2-17 ($10), Regular Submission February 18-March 17 ($20), Better Late Than Never Submissions March 18-April 1st ($30). All submission fees will go towards paying film creators and performers. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for information on special events for the festival, discount days, and cool perks!
Dates: February 2nd-April 1st
Time: open
Contact Name: Magdelene Gallegos
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Albuquerque Film & Music Experience 2020 Call for Submissions

The eighth annual Albuquerque Film + Music Experience (AFMX) brings together a-list talent and local filmmakers, musicians, and the community to entertain, educate and contribute to Albuquerque’s creative economy. AFMX celebrates the magic and extraordinary fusion of cinematic and musical talent that makes our mission and vision unique and exciting with a strong focus on New Mexico features, documentaries and short film projects.

September 24-27, 2020
KiMo Theatre and different locations along Route 66

Contact Name: Ivan Wiener, Executive Director, – 505-265-7866