Film Festivals

Film Festival submitted by Alonso Indacochea

Dates: June 2-4 & 16-18, 2023
Time: TBA
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Information: The first goal of the Fronteras Micro-Film Festival is to re-imagine the short film festival. We aim to give filmmakers and audiences an experience that emerges from, and supports, short film. To do so, we are creating (1) a unified context for the films with a strong theme, and (2) we are supporting a decentralized, viewer-driven, immersive viewing experience.

The second goal is to provoke public conversation about borders. Dust Wave will solicit thirty second to three minute-long films, from local and international filmmakers, that address themes of borders, enforcement, and crossings. We will select twenty-five films for festival screening.

Borders structure life for billions of people globally. Borders are also relevant to Dust Wave's members. We are a majority Latinx group, comprised of immigrants and non-immigrants who live near the U.S.-Mexico border. As such, we see around us the rising tide of nationalism and xenophobia. In shooting a recent project, a documentary on the International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) along the border, we were moved by the capaciousness of the natural world -- the boundless sky and desert. This ecosystem presents one vantage point that reveals national borders as recent, artificial, and intrusive artifacts.

Fronteras will feature a series of interactive installations that speak to the border's artificiality and dire consequences upon human life and the natural world. Some installations will invoke unwanted stops in a migrant's journey, including border walls, detention centers and trailer transport. Others will conjure state surveillance apparatuses of cameras and guard posts. Still others will engage the beauty and awe of the remaining untouched natural landscapes of the Mexico-U.S. border.

Contact Name: Alonso Indacochea
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Contact Phone: 505.226.6515

Film Festival submitted by Tabitha

Location: Albuquerque

Information: Filmmakers! Do you have a creepy film you’d like to submit? Submissions for 2023 are open!

Horror films have an undeniable place within film culture and we find it important to celebrate that by offering a serving of dark, weird, and undeniably creepy short and feature films.

Dark Red Film Fest is created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, with the aim to connect and build a dynamic community cultivating both indie filmmaking and horror fandom all in one place.

Taking place in October 2023, the second annual Dark Red Film Fest will feature horror films from New Mexico and beyond, as well as including other horror and filmmaker focused activities.

Contact Name: Tabitha
Contact Email: Tabitha
Contact Phone: 4052481041

Film Festival submitted by David Rogers

Dates: September 29, 30 and October 1
Time: 10AM-10PM
Location: LAs Vegas, NM

Information: The Billy the Kid Shootout is a three-day celebration of the life and times of Billy the Kid, with special emphasis on the Kid and Pat Garrett’s relationship to Las Vegas, NM, and the western movies, books, art, and music that they helped inspire. Join us for film screenings, author events, musical performances, period re-enactments, a Billy the Kid art exhibition, the US premiere of a new Billy the Kid film shot in Las Vegas, NM, and of course, a party every night. Tickets and info at

Contact Name: David Rogers
Contact Email: David Rogers
Contact Phone: 505-852-3684

Las Cruces International Film Festival

Dates: March 2-6, 2022
Location: Allen Theaters Cineport


Desert Light Film Festival

Dates: April 29, 2022
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.
Location: NMSU Alamogordo and Flickinger Center for Performing Arts

About: 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.

Information: 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

Contact Phone: (575) 491-2596

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Dates: October 19th–23rd, 2022
Location: Various Venues in downtown Santa Fe, NM.

About: Recognized with the Arts Innovator Award at the 2021 Santa Fe Mayor’s Arts Awards, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has been dubbed “an all-inclusive resort for cinephiles” by Filmmaker Magazine and “a young Sundance” by indieWire. The 14th Annual SFiFF is a creative center for film in Santa Fe, allowing filmmakers to connect with industry and distributors. SFiFF showcases emerging and established filmmakers by screening features and shorts in one of the greatest art cities in the world. SFiFF offers cash prizes, filmmaker travel, juried awards, and all-access passes to the festival.

SFiFF’s past guests have included Oliver Stone, Shirley MacLaine, Gena Rowlands, Robert Redford, Ethan Hawke, Wes Studi, Jay Roach, Ali MacGraw, and Jacqueline Bisset, Tantoo Cardinal, and John Sayles.

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