Senator John Pinto Native Filmmakers Memorial Fund

Senator John Pinto


During the 2019 legislative session, a fund was established by Senator John Pinto to support the local Native American film industry through a grant program that will make resources available for educational and financial support to Native Filmmakers for the purpose of making films and creating film projects.

Senator Pinto recognized that as the New Mexico film industry moves forward, so must the Native American film industry. These grants will be awarded to help create and increase enthusiasm for film in the Native Community and to open new doors into the film industry in New Mexico. 

SB 649 sponsored by Senator John Pinto was passed in the 2019 legislative session. This Bill will provide $100,000 each year for Native New Mexican filmmakers.

  • Applicants must be a registered member of one of the tribes or pueblos of New Mexico which include – Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia, Zuni, Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, and the Navajo Nation.
  • The grants are awarded to projects by Native students and Native filmmakers living and working in New Mexico. The grants will be awarded up to $5,000 per project. Only 1 project per applicant may be submitted.
  • Funds can be used toward pre-production, production, and post-production.

Grantees will be accountable for receipts and disbursements relating to these funds and will make all relevant financial records available to NMEDD, NMFO and the New Mexico State Auditor quarterly or upon request.


Read the Press Release on the 2020 SJP Awardees: N.M. Film Office Announces Recipients of the Senator John Pinto Memorial Fund Awards