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Madrid Film Festival Open Call for Submissions:  Fourth Annual Short Film Showcase Seeks More Local Talent

On May 10, 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, July 26, 2021. 

Submit an entry by including a link to your film (youtube, vimeo, dropbox, etc) in an email to info@theaterofdeath.org.  Please indicate the genre of your film:  comedy, drama, thriller, music video, documentary, animation or experimental (non-genre).  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 theaterofdeath.org for more information.


Jay Torrez Memorial Scholarship

What: A $500 scholarship to four high school students from Valencia High School, Belen High School, Los Lunas High School or School of Dreams Academy and pursuing a degree with a major in the film industry.

Details: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0., provide an one-page essay describing why you are interested in film as well as educational and career goals. Applications are available at respective schools and at The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main Street in Los Lunas.

Deadline: May 31

Submit To: maryt37@gmail and rmchavez9@aol.com.


Roy W. Dean Film Grant Accepting Submissions for Summer Grant

Celebrating its 30th year, the Roy W. Dean Film Grants is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Summer Grant. The Roy W. Dean Film Grants are awarded 3 times each year to films that are unique films and that make a contribution to society.  From the Heart Productions, the 501(c)3 non-profit sponsoring the grant, is also offering the Britt Penrod Award this year to an applicant with a film that makes an exceptional contribution to society.

The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is open to documentaries, narrative features, short films and web series. They must be budgeted at $500,000 or less.  Films can be at any stage of production.  Students are welcome to apply.

Winner of the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Summer will receive $3,500 in cash and thousands more in donated film products and services including a $429.00 4tb OWC Elite Pro Dock hard drive from OWC, $1,295.00 Scholarship to Writers Boot Camp, a 30% Discount by Jerry Deaton for Music Post Production Services at AudioKut , original music and sound mix from Jeff Alan at Alan Audio Works  $750 in Grant Writing Services from Karen Everett of New Doc Editing, and more from many heartfelt donors.

Filmmakers can apply at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/.  Deadline for submission to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Summer is June 30th, 2021.

New Britt Penrod Award

For each of the Roy W. Dean Grants in 2021, $500 will be awarded to grant applicant with a film that is unique but also makes an exceptional contribution to society. The grant is made possible by a generous donation by its namesake, Britt Penrod, who has been a great supporter of independent films.  Winner of this award does not need to be the Roy W. Dean Grant recipient. 

Every Filmmaker Gets Help for Their Project by Just Applying

Since its inception, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant has offered something for applicants that is itself unique for a grant.  Every filmmaker that applies for the grant has the opportunity to receive a 15-minute consultation on their submission.  Filmmakers can get advice on how to find funding, build up a database of donors or investors, market their film, and more. 

More information on the grant can be found at https://fromtheheartproductions.com/roy-w-dean-film-grants-and-awards/

For any questions, please email info@fromtheheartproductions.com or call 805-984-0098


Austin Film Festival

Film, Screenplay, Digital, Podcast and Playwriting. Students can use AFFSTUD21 for $10 off on Film and Screenplay entries. Click for Upcoming deadlines.


Fast Lane Longline Competition

Do you have an amazing film idea in the form of a logline? Submissions for the The Fast Lane Longline Competition is now open! This year they will host an array of network executives, producers and aggregators looking for compelling loglines to bring to life.

Early deadline is March 30, 2021. Submit now for a chance to get your logline turned into developed script, a chance to meet with industry experts and more sponsored prizes.

  • March 30, 2021 Earlybird Deadline
  • June 30, 2021 Regular Deadline
  • August 30, 2021 Late Deadline

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival submissions are open now through July 16th, 2021. For more information, visit santafeindependent.com, or contact SFiFF via contact@santafeindependent.com or call (505) 349-1414.


Holly Weird Film Festival

The call for entries for the 2021 Holly Weird Film Festival is now open!

The Holly Weird Film Festival (HWFF), founded by Festival Director Jack Truman, celebrates independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or an avant-garde challenge to what is expected or accepted. HWFF provides a venue for narrative, documentary, experimental and avant-garde film and video. Holly Weird is dedicated to celebrating all types of creativity from the worldwide independent film community.
Deadline is February 15, 2021
Late Deadline is May 15, 2021
A special one-time discount code to submit your project: hollyweird2021


Haydenfilms 1.0 Screenwriting Competition for New Mexico Filmmakers

Haydenfilms Institute (HFI) Announces a Call for Submissions for the $10,000 Haydenfilms 1.0 Screenwriting Competition, featuring pilots and screenplays open to all genres! Plus: HFI will include a short film script competition also open to all genres and subject matter where the top four finalists will receive $1,000 each.

Apply via filmfreeway and use code ERICHFI2020 for %15 off the submission cost.