The New Mexico Film and Media Industry Conference 2015 is all set to take place Oct. 29 through 31 at the Isleta Resort and Casino (11000 Broadway SE). This is the New Mexico Film Office’s big annual event geared toward the local community of filmmakers, producers, accountants, studios, vendors, crew, actors and “emerging media innovators.” The conference is designed to provide educational experiences, resource information and networking events “that touch upon all aspects of the industry from an array of viewpoints.” Everything gets underway on Thursday night with a special screening of the documentary That Which I Love Destroys Me, an inspiring film about two special operations soldiers who provide firsthand accounts of their struggles to return home after combat. The film’s director, Ric Roman Waugh, will host a Q&A session after the screening. This event is free and open to all veterans and reserve component members. To attend, however, you must reserve a seat through eventbrite.com.
On Friday, the conference starts in earnest with an opening address from NMFO Director Nick Maniatis and a “special guest” currently filming a movie in state. From there, panels and discussions ranging from “The Future of Television” to “Creative Opportunities in Documentary Storytelling” to “Film Tourism” are available to attend. Countless industry professionals will be on hand to lend their advice. A trade fair, featuring various film and video vendors from around the state, will be taking place at the same time. You must be registered to attend these events. Passes are $55 for the full conference, $40 for one day or $15 for student with a valid ID. For complete info—including registration details—got to nmfilm.