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New Mexico Film Foundation formed to support independents

November 15, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 15--New Mexico independent filmmakers have a new outlet for help.

The New Mexico Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has formed to help support the independent film industry.

"This concept is to raise awareness in the general public about the independent film industry in New Mexico," said Dirk Norris, president/CEO of the foundation. "There's been some great independent films to come out of New Mexico recently."

Norris said films such as "Odd Way Home," "Blaze You Out" and "Bless Me, Ultima" are a few of the films made in New Mexico that have had some success.

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To learn more about the New Mexico Film Foundation, visit nmfilmfoundation.org

He said for the past 10 years there has been a focus on recruiting films to the state and by doing that, the film industry has grown from within.

"Now it's time to pay attention to the filmmakers who live in New Mexico," he said. "These are local people who want to tell stories through film and digital media and haven't had a lot of support in the past."

Over the years, awards for local filmmakers such as New Visions and Governor's Cup have vanished.

Norris says the New Mexico Film Foundation will be there to step in and help with funding for some filmmakers.

"There's a lot about the industry that people don't necessarily see," he says. "There's a huge business side to it and some filmmakers aren't savvy in that area. The foundation will be there to help with education as well."

Norris said the foundation will offer various grants. There will be a seed grant, which will be awarded for a filmmaker to get started on a trailer. Others grants include a production, post-production and a screenwriting grant.

"We'll also be helping filmmakers get a little bit of travel money to attend film festivals where they are screening," he said.

Norris said in the first couple months much of his work will be getting word out on the foundation.

"I'm taking a leap and hoping that people will be receptive to the foundation," he said. "Film is an important industry in the state and I want to make people more aware that there is help out there."

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