New Mexico Film Program

New Mexico – The New Mexico Film Office is seeking proposals for a contract award program that provides up to $20,000 for filmmakers to fund original narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films.

The program is open to all New Mexico filmmakers and awards can be used toward the completion of existing projects or the development of new ones.

Gov. Bill Richardson says homegrown filmmakers are key to the future of the industry in New Mexico. He calls the program an "important way to support worthy individuals working on promising projects."

Applicants are required to provide a service to the state as part of their contract, such as training others in the industry or providing mentorship, public screenings or free lectures.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.