Film Festivals

Dark Red Film Fest

Dates: October 25-27th, 2024
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Information: Dark Red Film Fest is created by filmmakers for filmmakers and is dedicated to fostering a vibrant community that embraces and cultivates both indie filmmaking and a shared passion for horror.

Featuring a selection of eerie, bizarre, and undeniably creepy short and feature films from around the globe, it provides an environment for creativity and community to thrive.

Save the date for October 2024 as the Dark Red Film Fest returns for its third edition! Over three days, the festival will showcase a bone-chilling array of short and feature horror films from New Mexico and beyond. It's an event that filmmakers and horror enthusiasts alike won't want to miss!

Submit your films on Film Freeway through August.

Contact Name: Tabitha McDonald
Contact Email: Tabitha McDonald
Contact Phone: 405.248.1041

Roswell Daily Record Film Festival

Dates: July 6 & 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: Roswell

We are very happy to announce the new edition of the Roswell Daily Record Film Festival. We are preparing an unprecedented event in the city of Roswell.
This year fiction and reality will meet at the festival. Entertainment stars and the most important researchers of the UFO/UAP phenomenon and the paranormal world will be present.
International showrunners, producers and directors will be part of the jury.
The call for entries is open at FilmFreeWay and Festhome.

Our event will hold 10 COMPETITIONS.
We proudly announce our MAIN COMPETITIONS:
*UFO Feature Film
*Paranormal Feature Film
*UFO Documentary
*Paranormal Documentary
*UFO Short Film
*Paranormal Short Film
*UFO Web Series/Podcast
*Paranormal Web Series/Podcast
*UFO TV Series/Shows
*Paranormal TV Series/Shows

$1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

Contact Name: Toby Martinez
Contact Email: Toby Martinez
Contact Phone: 575-622-7710

Experiments in Cinema

Dates: April 23-27, 2024
Time: noon till 9pm
Location: Guild Cinema

Information: Experiments in Cinema is an annual, transnational festival celebrating the current trends and history of international cinematic experimentation. Experiments in Cinema is a non-competitive festival produced by Basement Films. This year we are celebrating our 19th anniversary with a host of unique screenings (100 films from 30 countries). EIC also features special lectures, discussions and curated programs. The goal of Experiments in Cinema is to bring the international community of moving image artists to New Mexico to then inspire a new generation of movie makers to recognize the value of their media-voices and create films in ways we never imagined possible. Note also that most of our programming will be made available FREE May 4-18, 2024. The online version of our event can be accessed through our website,

Contact Name: Bryan Konefsky
Contact Email: Bryan Konefsky
Contact Phone: 505.235.1852

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience

Dates: September 25-29, 2024
Time: 9am to 11pm daily
Location: The Historic Lobo Theater and The Guild Cinema

Information: The AFME Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which produces the annual Albuquerque Film & Music Experience.

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.

To enhance cultural richness by integrating film + music programs that provide entertainment and education for the community, contribute to the creative economy, and support Albuquerque as an epicenter for film, music, and the arts.

Please visit for a full overview of the experience and past attendees.

Contact Name: Kira Sipler
Contact Email: Kira Sipler
Contact Phone: 505-265-7866

Billy the Kid Shootout

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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