Next year, New Mexico Women in Film is planning a “quadri-city” event for its annual NMWIF Fiesta. The mission of the 2017 Fiesta is to honor current NMWIF members, regardless of gender, who are in good standing by showcasing the creativity, vision and artistry of their film work. April 20 through 23, the Fiesta will take place in Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. In order to qualify for the NMWIF Fiesta 2017, entrants must be a current NMWIF member. If you are not a NMWIF member and would like to submit a film, you need to go to NMWIF.com to apply for a membership before submitting your film. This Thursday, Dec. 15, is the regular deadline for submission. Submissions by this date will cost $15 each. Fees go up at the late deadline (Jan. 15) and the extended deadline (Jan. 31). Film students at an institution of higher education in the state of New Mexico do not need to be an NMWIF member in order to submit a film, and entry fees are waived. Submissions are currently being accepted on filmfreeway.com. If you have questions about the Fiesta, feel free to contact NMWIF Fiesta producer Shelene Bridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windy City Cinema
Chicago’s best narrative, experimental, dance and documentary shorts are coming through Albuquerque as part of the Chicagoland Shorts, Vol. 2 collection. The program is produced by Full Spectrum Features, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ and minority filmmakers. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Dane Haiken, Brian Zahn and Bryan Konefsky of local arts org Basement Films on the challenges of filmmaking and the mission to increase diverse perspectives in media. The Albuquerque leg of this touring event, which will take place Friday, Dec. 16, starting at 7pm at Graft Gallery (1415 Fourth Street SW). Admission is $5. For more info go to basementfilms.org.
Lions and Tigers and Bears!
Predators are invading the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science this weekend. Incredible Predators 3D is the newest nature documentary opening in the museum’s Lockheed Martin DynaTheater. Incredible Predators 3D takes an intimate look at the remarkable strategies the world’s major predators use in order to hunt and catch their prey. You’ll get glimpses of leopards, polar bears and more, all set in some of nature’s most beautiful climates. The film opens to the public this Saturday, Dec. 17, and will screen at 10am, 12pm and 4pm. It will play at the museum until March 17. Currently, it’s screening alongside other 3D DynaTheater films Mysteries of China 3D and Great White Shark 3D. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 children. For a complete schedule of films and times, go to nmnaturalhistory.org.