Santa Fe-based author George R.R. Martin continues to give back to his New Mexico community. Through his Literary Fund, The “Game of Thrones” guru recently established one $15,000 and two $5,000 scholarships for students seeking a BFA in Cinematic Arts and Technology at the Institute of American Indian Arts. One of the scholarships, a $5,000 award for incoming freshmen or transfer students, has had its deadline extended to June 1, 2019 at 8am. To qualify the student must demonstrate “a passion for storytelling.” In addition to completing an online scholarship application, the student needs to submit a story sample (or script) and bio. For more information on who is eligible and how to apply, go to iaia.edu/newcomer. The GRRM Literary Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee will complete their selections, and the recipients of all three scholarships will be announced at the IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction on Aug. 14 at the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe.
Albuquerque’s Latino Film Festival, ¡Cine Magnifico!, is looking for films by and about Latinos and “the Hispanic cultural background as a symbol of unity, richness and a particular way of life.” The last day to submit films for consideration is this Friday, July 5. Submission fees for features, documentaries and short films are $55 standard and $50 for students. New Mexico-made short films may apply using the student fee. Winners whose films have been selected for inclusion in this year’s festival will be notified by July 31. The festival itself takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Guild Cinema this coming Sept. 4 through 8. To submit your work, go to filmfreeway.com, or head to cinemagnifico.com for more information.
The New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation and the New Mexico Film Office are teaming up to sponsor an “Official State Ornament” Design Contest. Students currently enrolled in a New Mexico school are invited to submit their designs for the 2020 Official State Ornament. All ornaments must be designed around this year’s theme of “New Mexico Films the Great American West.” All designs must include at least one film element and one ranch and/or Western element, and designs must “promote the state’s history of film production and ranch culture.” Each entry should bear a title for the design and include an 85-to-100 word description of how New Mexico’s history in the ranch and film industries were used in creation of the design. One top winner will be selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship. Other prizes include at $1,000 scholarship for second place, $500 for third and fourth place and $250 for fifth place. Go to bit.ly/2uv6r3Y for a complete list of rules and an online entry form. If you need a little inspiration, head to newmexicogovernorsmansion.org and take a look at some of the Governor’s Mansion ornaments from years past.
The 48 Hour Film Project is returning to New Mexico. Open registration started on Tuesday, May 21. This chaotic cinematic event takes place the weekend of July 26 through 28. Registrants have exactly 48 hours to write, cast, direct, score, edit and premiere a 10-minute film. Assemble your team of crack filmmakers now and get ready for the fun. Each team is given a line of dialogue, a character, a prop and a random genre to work into their original screenplay. The films (the finished ones, anyway) will be screened to the public and judged by a panel of industry experts. The winning film from Albuquerque goes on to compete against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2020 in the Netherlands for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2020 Short Film Corner. Early bird registration ($148 per team) ends on Monday, July 1. For complete information go to 48hourfilm.com/albuquerque.
This Monday, June 3, is the late deadline to submit your work to the 2019 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. In addition to the artisan-made SFIFF statue award, filmmakers will compete for cash prizes, ranging from $500 for Best Animation Short or Best Documentary Short to $1,000 for Best Documentary Feature and Best Narrative Feature. Submission fees are now $55 for Short Films, $65 for VR Shorts or $75 for Features. SFIFF has been consistently named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” So what are you waiting for? You can submit your work through Film Freeway or Without a Box. For complete info, go to santafeindependentfilmfestival.com/submit-a-film. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival takes place this Oct. 16 through 20.