Dirk Norris, former Outreach Programs Manager for the New Mexico Film Office, announced Tuesday the creation of the New Mexico Film Foundation, a non-profit corporation whose mission is “To help support the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent film makers.”
While the film industry continues to grow in New Mexico through the efforts of the New Mexico Film Office, programs such as the “New Visions” contract award, “Governor’s Cup” and “Film Maker Intensive,” programs designed to help New Mexico filmmakers, no longer exist. “We have a large community of independent film makers right here in New Mexico,” said Norris, “and the time is now to bring more attention to them, and offer them support.”
Once it gets funding, the New Mexico Film Foundation will offer a variety of grants aimed at helping those creative ‘above the line’ writers, directors, producers and actors that want to tell stories through film and digital media.
Norris said there is tremendous support for the idea of a Film Foundation, and plans are in the works to gain more support by holding a series of social events for film makers throughout the state. Going to various parts of the state where men and women create films will help shine a light on the work they are doing, said Norris.
The New Mexico Film Foundation is a non-profit organization which has partnered with From The Heart Productions to serve as tax exempt fiscal sponsor.
"We are proud to be a fiscal sponsor for the New Mexico Film Foundation. We look forward to working with their filmmakers to create compelling films that make a difference in people's lives,” said Carole Dean owner and president of From the Heart Productions. From The Heart Productions is a 501(c) 3 non-profit founded by Carole Dean to help filmmakers get their projects produced.