The 2019 New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference gets underway this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10, at the Hyatt Regency (330 Tijeras Ave. NW). The event, run by the New Mexico Film Office, goes from 9am to 7:30pm on Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday. Each day is packed with dozens of lectures, classes, hands-on trainings and Q&A sessions, covering topics useful to crew members (electric-rigging gaffer, wardrobe-costume design, hair/makeup, location scouting), actors (social media for actors, marketing for actors, working with casting directors) and directors/producers (budget and payroll tips, getting distribution, using social media to gain an audience). Instructors include a wide variety of working industry talents—from producers to casting directors to acting coaches to wardrobe specialists. If you’re a newcomer who wants to learn the ins and outs of the film industry or if you’re a working professional looking to expand your knowledge, the Film & Media Industry Conference is a fantastic educational opportunity. And if you’re just looking to make some valuable film and TV biz contacts, Friday night ends with a big networking mixer from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Two-day tickets are $95 general admission or $75 for students. Lunches are included in the ticket price. To register or to take a look at a complete lineup of events, go to nmfilm.com/nmfo-events/#Conference.