Film Training Funds

Silver City – Three New Mexico colleges will share $375,000 in state funds for film and broadcasting training programs.

Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday announced the funding for Western New Mexico University in Silver City, the University of New Mexico branch in Gallup and San Juan College in Farmington.

This follows Richardson's announcement on Monday of $385,000 for similar programs at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad and Luna Community College in Las Vegas.

The governor says his goal has always been to build a successful and sustainable film industry in New Mexico, an industry that would also train and employ New Mexicans and give local filmmakers a chance to succeed.

He says there are about 14,000 New Mexico students enrolled in film-training programs at colleges and universities around the state.

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