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Desert Light Film Festival

April 29, 2022

The Desert Light Film Festival organizers announce the 2022 Desert Light Film Festival will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.   Thanks to the financial support of TDS, our local cable, phone, and internet company, Desert Light Film Festival will host its 19th Festival and competition.  This competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled.

On Friday, April 29, 2022 we will have an on-campus festival for students who can attend in person and a VIRTUAL festival for those who cannot. 

Sponsored by TDS, Desert Light offers prizes in every category and division. First Place awards are $100 each. Honorable Mention awards are $50 each. Barbara Mick, local TDS Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations for TDS, will provide the awards for the winning films.  A category added several years ago, the Experimental Film category, is sponsored by the Alamogordo Optimist Club.  Club representative John Cowart is always excited to provide the prizes in the Experimental category. 

The most valuable prize of $1,000.00 will be awarded to that film judged Best of Festival.  The award come in the form of a scholarship from NMSU Alamogordo which can be used at the Alamogordo campus, or the Las Cruces campus when the winning student attends college.

All funds are handled through the Otero County Economic Development Council, the umbrella organization for Desert Light Film Festival. For more information, contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at  or Joan Griggs at

Location: NMSU Alamogordo and Flickinger Center for Performing Arts

Time: Check-in at 8:30am for students/teachers at NMSU Alamogordo.  Screenings and Awards Ceremony begin at 12:30 at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts.
Contact Phone: (575) 491-2596