The more or less venerable Santa Fe Film Festival opens up its submission process on Thursday, Oct. 31. Filmmakers interested in getting their features/documentaries/shorts/whatever in front of the screening committee have from now until Nov. 31 to hit the early deadline ($20 for New Mexico residents to submit features and $10 to submit shorts). Regular deadline ($30 features, $20 shorts) runs until Dec. 31. If you still can’t get your stuff together by then, you can submit to the late deadline ($40 features, $30 shorts) by Jan. 31. All submission must be sent through withoutabox.com. Juries will be awarding prizes for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short and Best New Mexican Film. The Santa Fe Film Festival will take place May 1-4, 2014.
Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque’s long-running experimental cinema showcase, is looking for submissions for its v9.72 outing, scheduled to take place April 14-20, 2014. All potential submissions must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 1, in order to be eligible. Your work could be featured alongside dozens of international film and video artists during the week-long festival. Go to experimentsincinema.com to download a submission form. If you have questions, you can send a query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See, the reason why you need to submit to these festivals is because you might actually reap the rewards of all your hard work. For example, the annual New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase just wrapped up a three-day screening at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque. For years the Showcase has provided an opportunity for up-and-coming local filmmakers to show off their skills and for local film lovers to see what New Mexico’s independent film scene looks like. Award-winning films were chosen in a number of categories. Best Webisode went to Christopher Wright’s “Canyon Road.” Best Music Video went to Tyler Green & Dustin Deen’s “Red Dog.” Best Experimental was Miguel Arambula’s “Weird.” Best Documentary was Kelly Urig’s “The Chile Film.” Best Drama was Morse Bicknell’s “Matanza.” Lauren Petzke’s “Zombiewood” won Best Comedy. Evan Curtis’ “Snowdysseus” won Best Animation. Eric Smigiel’s “A Figment of My Imagination” took home Best Sci-Fi. And Anne Stirling’s “Quirky View” claimed Best Wild Card. Congratulations are in order. The winning films will now be part of a statewide, six-city tour that takes them from Grants to Portales. For more info on the tour, visit nmfilm.com.
The KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque continues its Early Hitch screening series with one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best early films. Strangers on a Train from 1951 is an often-imitated tale of two would-be killers who trade off their respective murders. Farley Granger, Robert Walker and Ruth Roman star. The film screens Friday, Nov. 1, starting at 8pm. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors.