Film Festivals

Film Festival submitted by Carey Rose O'Connell

Dates: September 27, 2023 - October 1, 2023
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Information: AFMX brings together award-winning and up-and-coming filmmakers and musicians from around the world to showcase and celebrate film + music, and provide a platform for education, collaboration, discovery, and the sharing of impactful stories. Tap Into The experience this September!!

Contact Name: Carey Rose O'Connell
Contact Email: Carey Rose O'Connell
Contact Phone: 505-265-7866

Film Festival submitted by Alicia Tabora

Dates: 9/12/23
Time: N/A
Location: Philadelphia

Information: Exciting News! Digital Health Networks presents the inaugural CINEHEALTH International Film and Video Festival! Submit your health care focused film, series, short, reel, tiktok or podcast to the Cinehealth Film Festival! Let's celebrate the convergence of art and
healthcare! Submit here * Submission fee now waived*

Contact Name: Alicia Tabora
Contact Phone: 6463345887

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 International Film Festival

Dates: October 18th-22nd 2023
Location: Various Venues in downtown Santa Fe, NM.

About: During its history, Santa Fe International Film Festival (SFiFF) has presented an array of films ranging from major Academy Award winners to top international films to undiscovered indie gems—to more than 100,000 attendees. Founded in 2009, SFiFF is now one of the top annual events and the largest event of its kind in New Mexico, with more than 300 hours of programming each season.

Recent guests have included Oliver Stone, Godfrey Reggio, Catherine Hardwicke, Shirley MacLaine, Gena Rowlands, Robert Redford, Ethan Hawke, Wes Studi, Jay Roach, Ali MacGraw, John Sayles, Melissa Barrera, and Jane Seymour. Santa Fe was host to a wealth of amazing theaters, like the 1930-built Lensic and the Center for Contemporary Arts. In 2013 George RR Martin reopened the Jean Cocteau Cinema, and a year later, the Violet Crown Cinema in Santa Fe’s Railyard was completed, making Santa Fe one of the world’s greatest movie theater cities. SFiFF was recognized nationally by IndieWire Magazine as “a young Sundance” and was named one of Moviemaker Magazine's “Coolest Film Festivals on the Planet” and “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

SFiFF has effectively extended the tourism season in Santa Fe, and SFiFF earned the award for Arts Innovator at the 29th Santa Fe Mayor’s Awards. Deadline Hollywood has called SFiFF “Toronto, but on a much smaller scale.”


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