The 5th Annual Pueblo Film Festival takes place Nov. 16 through 18 at Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th St. NW). It’s the only film festival in the country devoted to the work of Pueblo filmmakers and actors, as well as films that explore the Pueblo experience. The weekend consists of film screenings, presentations and discussions with renowned Pueblo filmmakers. If you’re a local filmmaker who is interested in contributing something to this year’s event, you have until Friday, Aug. 31 to submit your work. Organizers are seeking entries for the following categories: animation, documentary, youth-led/created, feature length, music video and female-directed. Films are required to address at least one of the following themes: perseverance, governance and sovereignty, resilience, gifts of the creator and female-focused. There is no fee to submit. To download an application, go to indianpueblo.org/centerevent/5th-annual-pueblo-film-fest.
Cinema Down South
The Las Cruces International Film Fesival is also on the hunt for submissions. That fourth annual festival takes place in March of 2019. This Friday, Aug. 31, is the regular deadline to submit films for consideration. Awards are handed out for Best Documentary Short, Best Animation, Best Student Film, Best Music Video, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, as well as Grand Jury selection and Audience Choice. All films must be submitted though filmfreeway.com. Fees range from $20 for student films to $40 for features. For more info on the event, go to lascrucesfilmfest.com.
The Albuquerque Public Library’s Special Collections Library will host a special screening featuring two “¡COLORES!” episodes, courtesy of New Mexico PBS. “Author John Nichols: My Heart Belongs to Nature,” a look at John Nichols’ new book from UNM Press, will be shown back-to-back with “Acequia,” a historical exploration of our state’s traditional Native American irrigation system. The event will take place from 2 to 3pm in the Special Collections Library’s Botts Hall (423 Central Ave. NE) Admission is free to the public.
Albuquerque’s Central and Unser Library (8081 Central NW) hosts a slightly less educational film screening with its upcoming Sunday Movie event. On Sunday, Sept. 2 the library shows the 2018 horror hit A Quiet Place from 1:30 to 3:30pm. In this PG-13 flick, a family tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic world inundated with monsters that hunt humans based on sound. Admission is free.