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From: "Lopez, Trish, EDD" <>
Date: Dec 6, 2010 4:55 PM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: NM Film Office congratulates New Visions 2010 Winners

At last, here are the 2010 New Visions/New Mexico winners.  Congratulations and many thanks to all who applied!


November 24, 2010


New Mexico Film Office Announces Winners for

2010 New Visions/New Mexico Contract Awards


New Mexico filmmakers receive contract awards up to $20,000



SANTA FE – NM Film Office Director Lisa Strout and NM Filmmakers Program Director Trish Lopez today announced the winners for the 2010 New Visions/New Mexico contract award.  Now in its fifth year, the program will award a total of $100,000 (up to $20,000 per project) to local filmmakers who applied with proposals of original narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films. 


"This year, like each year since the program started, our local filmmakers continue to raise the bar in regard to the quality of their proposals," said Lisa Strout.  "We are grateful once again to have the opportunity to support our homegrown filmmakers who are helping to build a strong and sustainable future for the New Mexico's film industry."


"The proposals receiving awards this year are great examples of the incredible talent we have in New Mexico," said Trish Lopez.  "We are thankful to all who applied and our panelists who helped in this process."


The New Visions contract awards are provided by the New Mexico Filmmakers Program of the state film office. The program is open to all filmmakers in the state.


Following is a list of the seven 2010 New Visions/New Mexico winners – those with asterisks (*) are also winners of the 2010 Panavision camera package:


Mary Holyoke – In Her Sleep

(5,000 award)


Andrea Heckman – Weavers and Fiber Artists

($12,500 award)


Peter Kershaw - What?

($20,000 award)*


Cristina McCandless – From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe

($20,000 award)


Federico Reade – American Blowback

($15,000 award)


Jason Silverman – Sembene!

($15,000 award)


Peter Walker – Ice Music

($12,500 award)*


Panavision, a major supplier of cameras and lenses for the film industry world-wide, is once again partnering with the NM Film Office to provide the use of two motion picture camera packages (HD, 16 mm or 35mm) with no rental charge to two of our 2010 filmmakers above.


In exchange for funding, winners are required to provide contract service to the state as part of their contract, such as: training programs, lectures, free screenings and mentoring, all free of charge to New Mexicans.  Winners will begin their contract work in early 2010 and receive funding once their service to the state is complete.


A selection panel reviewed each proposal based on a number of criteria, including the artistic quality of the project, the applicant's demonstrated ability and creativity, managerial and fiscal competence, and the quality of proposed service offered to the state.  Judges of the 2010 awards were Stephen Ausherman (previous New Visions winner and local experimental filmmaker); Nanobah Becker, (New Mexico native filmmaker and previous Governor's Cup program winner); Gene Grant (local writer, short filmmaker and television host); TJ Nabors (senior surfacer at Dreamworks Animation in Los Angeles, previous Rudd Endowed Chair in Animation at College of Santa Fe's Moving Image Arts Department); and Diane Schneier Perrin (film producer and previous Director of College of Santa Fe's NM Filmmakers Intensive graduate program).


For a wealth of information about other events conducted by the NM Filmmakers Program and the NM Film Office, please visit or call (505) 476-5600. 





Trish Lopez

NM Filmmakers Program Director | NM Film Office

Santa Fe University of Art and Design

1600 Saint Michael's Drive | Santa Fe, NM  87505

(505) 476-5611 |

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