In January, Indie Q will celebrate its one-year anniversary. The e-mail distribution list and networking group for local, independent filmmakers was started by the Albuquerque Film Office in January of 2009. Indie Q members meet the third Wednesday of every other month to discuss the New Mexico film scene, network with one another and screen works-in-progress. Starting Monday, Dec. 20, Indie Q will operate out of a new website, independent of its cabq.gov address. If you’re already signed up to get Indie Q’s helpful e-mails about upcoming auditions, film festivals, screenings, classes and the like, they’ll now be coming to you from firstname.lastname@example.org. If, however, you’re Duke City dweller involved in the independent film scene and aren’t signed up at Indie Q, now’s a perfect time to jump on board. Simply head over to the new website at indieq.ning.com and post a free member profile. There are already 200 locals who have. A profile on Indie Q will allow you to interact with other filmmakers, post events, start film-related discussions and receive those handy film industry e-mails. (And since they’re sent right to your inbox, it’s not like you have to log on to Indie Q every week to find out what’s going on.) Obviously, the more filmmakers involved, the more valuable this group will be. What are you waiting for?
The National Film Challenge, sponsored by KDHX Community Media and the 48 Hour Film Project, just announced the 15 finalists in this year’s competition. Believe it or not, three teams from New Mexico are in the running. That’s astonishing, considering 157 teams from around the country participated in it. The triumphant local shorts (all shot over the course of a single weekend in October) include “Dead Beat” by The Infamous El Guapos, “Hibiscus” by Ultimatum Pictures and “Spiral” by Tifecta+ Entertainment. All finalists will now go to a second round of judges who will determine the Grand Prize Winner. Starting next week, the finalists will also be posted on the NFC website, where viewers can watch them and choose the Audience Award Winner. Yup, that means you have the power to help one of our hometown filmmakers pull out a win! Log on to the website starting next week and start voting!