Film Festivals

Film Festival submitted by Andrew Wice

Location: Madrid Film Festival

Information: Impresario Joe West and author Andrew Wice invite all aspiring and established local filmmakers to submit a short film for consideration in the Fifth Annual Madrid Film Festival. The festival is now accepting short films (twenty minutes or less) which were created over the past year in New Mexico. There is no entry fee, and we are able to offer monetary prizes: $500 cash awarded to the film that wins the Festival’s grand prize, Le Palme d’Coal, and $500 cash awarded to the film that wins the best local Madrid film prize, the “Oscar” Huber. Submit an entry by including a link to your film (Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc) in an email to
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Contact Name: Andrew Wice
Contact Email: Andrew Wice
Contact Phone: 5054241065

Film Festival submitted by Patrizia Herminjard

Dates: July 9 & July 10
Time: 5:30 pm both nights
Location: SITE Santa Fe

Information: Moving Southwest in partnership with SITE Santa Fe and the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema is proud to present Intenciones, a dynamic evening of live performance and Dance Cinema. Enjoy a summer cocktail with friends during our pre-show reception starting at 5pm, get a taste of Flamenco and Hoop Dancing by Santa Fe favorites Vicente Griego and La Emi of Emi Arte Flamenco and Hoop Dancer ShanDien Sonwai LaRance at 5:30 pm, then sit back and relax as a dance cinema shorts program unfolds at 6:15 pm highlighting works by Latin American artists and/or works that explore Hispanic, Latin American or Caribbean Island Heritage. Come celebrate the rich heritage of dance with us!

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Contact Name: Patrizia Herminjard
Contact Email: Patrizia Herminjard
Contact Phone: 719-963-1893

Film Festival submitted by Angela Garcia

Dates: 8/13/2022
Time: 12:30-8pm
Location: South Broadway Cultural Center

Information: MISION
High Desert Screening is live annual one day event showcasing New Mexico's artistic community . By introducing the state's "storytellers" in selective categories of Movie Trailers, Music Videos, Short Films and Documentaries. This collection will entertain, educate, and inspire attendees. The event also introduces and promotes local photographers, artists and businesses alike that are committed to and invested in the elevation of the film and creative arts industry in New Mexico. This truly is a celebration of the states creative community.
Filmmakers whose films are selected for the film festival will have countless creative opportunities, including an official selection certificate a change to win an award as the best Movie Trailer, Music video, Short Film, Best Actor and Best Director among with screening in the land of enchantment of Albuquerque, and Streaming their projects in one of our local distribution company, where people from all over the world can watch these films.
High Desert Screening also interviews everyone who gets involves on this event such as graphic designers, editors, musicians, directors, producers, etc. through a Local Podcast and make sure their voices are heard out of state.
This unique Film Festival will also help you connect with producers, directors, and interact with the art scene including for those who come from out of New Mexico to join the Festival.
High Desert Screening helps the community to be exposure and increase people from all over the world to come film in New Mexico.

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Experience this ONE OF A KIND New Mexico Film Festival. Don’t miss out on the best Film Festival of the year.

Contact Name: Angela Garcia
Contact Email: Angela Garcia
Contact Phone: 505-388-8108

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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