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Baja Broadband Sponsors Desert Light
Baja Broadband Sponsors Phyllis Duncan, right, and Barbara Mick, left, hold the sponsorship
check presented to the DLFF Committee on 10/20/14

2015 Desert Light Film Competition
Call for Entries to New Mexico Students

The Desert Light Film organizers announce the 2015 Desert Light Film Festival will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.   This competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. Thanks to the new financial support of local cable, phone, and internet company Baja Broadband, Desert Light Film Festival will host its 12th Festival and competition.  Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled.

Categories include drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film, and 30-second commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value. Films are submitted and judged in either the high school or middle school division.

Sponsored by Baja Broadband, Desert Light offers prizes in every category and division. First Place awards are $100 each. Honorable Mention awards are $50 each. Local Baja Broadband Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations, Phyllis Duncan, will be on hand to personally present the awards for the winning films. Seminars this year will include Editing with Adobe Premier Pro, special effects makeup for film, and pyrotechnic special effects. Other seminars will be announced.

The preferred method for submitting student films is via Vimeo.  Information about accessing the Vimeo account will be released later.  Films that cannot be submitted via Vimeo will still be accepted on disk. Please submit individual, single DVDs for each film submission. DO NOT submit multiple films on one DVD as was allowed in the past.  If schools or students have something that won’t work with the criteria above, please email us and tell us what format you do have. We will try to work with you.

Locations of the festival include the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts and New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. Organizers of the 2015 Desert Light Film Competition include K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison; Phyllis Duncan, marketing director for Baja Broadband; Jim Mack, Director of the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, Bryan Yancey, ProTech division head at NMSU Alamogordo; Laurie Anderson, Otero County Economic Development Council Business Development Director; Christa Haynes, New York Life Insurance; Oscar Zamora, program coordinator of the Binational Independent Film Festival; Joan Griggs, festival director, Dr. Bruce Martin and Donna Cook, NMSU Alamogordo.

Submit films anytime from now until Friday, March 13, 2015. Each entry requires a $5 entry fee which should be mailed with your entry form to the Otero County Film Office, 1301 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM 88310. The entry form includes a “Use of Submissions” form to be signed by students over 18. Parents or teachers will sign for students under 18.  All forms, including the form explaining the Entry Rules, information about Judging and Awards, and Description of Categories will soon be available on the Film Otero website www.filmotero.com . They will also be sent to you within the next few days. For more information, contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at jan@filmotero.com or Joan Griggs at griggs1331@msn.com.

New Tourism (television commercial) Requirements: Students wanting to film a 30-second New Mexico tourism commercial for the television commercial category must include the New Mexico tourism marketing and a “partnership logo.”   A logo has been created especially for you and is attached with this letter for you to use on your films for the NM True campaign.  Please contact the NM Tourism Department if you have any questions about how to use this logo.  You can also visit www.nmtourism.org to set up an account to access the branding information and asset libraries at www.media.nmtourism.org so that you can read and see examples of how the brand is to be used.  Once finished, commercials must be “logo approved” by the NM Tourism Department (about 48 Hrs.) before submission, so please send those over to the NM Tourism Department, with enough time for approval.  Students may focus on single or multiple tourist attractions.  Topics are not limited, but can include interaction with New Mexico scenery, ballooning, cultural attractions, wildlife, sports, etc.  “Persuasiveness” is the unique judging criteria for all commercials.

Click here to download the 2015 Entry Rules

Click here to download the 2015 Entry Form

Click here to download the 2015 Competition Video Release Form

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Animation

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Documentary

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Tourism Commercials

Click here for the Tourism Logo in the PNG Format (For use with your tourist attraction name or town name)

Click here for the DLFF Tourism Logo in the PNG Format

Click here for the Tourism Logo in the JPeg Format (For use with your tourist attraction name or town name)

Click here for the DLFF Tourism Logo in the JPeg Format

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Music Video

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Drama and Comedy

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Experimental

Click here for Tips on Music for Videos.

Jan Wafful
Film Liaison
Otero County Film Office
City Hall Desk: 575-439-4353


BREAKING NEWS!!! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 2014


2014 DESERT LIGHT FILM FESTIVAL

Best of 2014 Desert Light Film Festival winner: Antonio Vigil, of the DATA Charter School in Albuquerque, displays his award for his experimental production, “Doors.”

DESERT LIGHT FILM FESTIVAL 2014 WINNING FILMS

ANIMATION

High School division

1st Place: When I’m 64
Producer: Sylvia Barnhill, Alamogordo HS

Honorable Mention: Smelly Man
Producer: Ben Cote and Aaron Oster, DATA Charter

Middle School division

1st Place: Rollin’
Producer: Julia Montoya, Jacqueline Jones, Jessica Page, Sierra MS

Honorable mention: Spindle the Dragon
Producer: Grace Benson, Megan Stewart, Sierra Ortiz, Danica Van Doorn, Sierra MS

DOCUMENTARY

High School division

1st Place: The Right of All
Producer: Clarice Delgado, DATA Charter School

Honorable Mention: The History of Fort Stanton
Producer: Scott Irvine and Robert Millikin Alamogordo HS

Middle School division

1st Place: Paul Revere: History or Hollywood?
Producer: Nicole Croft, Holloman MS

DRAMA/COMEDY

High School division

1st Place: SpyFail
Producer: Antonio Vigil, DATA Charter, Albuquerque, NM others

Honorable Mention: May the Best Man Win
Producer: Cami Marlin, Luis Mendez, Dalton Hinton, Adrian Lopez, Mayfield HS, Las Cruces, NM

Middle School division

1st Place: It’s Only for Nutella
Producer: Isabelle Woods-Gallegos, Celia Cordero, Harmony Cannedy, Sierra MS

Honorable Mention: The New Kid
Producer: Noah Huber, Gavyn Tedford, John Jae Banag, Holloman MS

EXPERIMENTAL

High School division

1st Place: Doors
Producer: Antonio Vigil, DATA Charter

Honorable Mention: Why Settle for Less?
Producer: Bailey Thompson, Portales HS, Portales NM

Middle School division

1st Place: Fear
Producer: Laney Mantanis¸Casey Howard, Sierra MS

Honorable Mention: Blond vs Blond
Producer: Nicole Croft and Daisy Gephart, Holloman MS

MUSIC VIDEO

High School division

1st Place: Come Fly with Me

Producer:  Luis Mendez, Adrian Lopez, Dalton Hinton, Joey Cienfuegos, Mayfield HS, Las Cruces

Honorable Mention: Red Dirt Girl

Producer:  Kimberly Milliken

Middle School division

1st Place: Under Control

Producer: Jahaira Rodriguez, Sierra MS, Las Cruces

Honorable Mention: Trampoline

Producer:  Alysa Garcia, Maddie Crouse, Picacho MS, Las Cruces

TOURISM COMMERCIAL

High School division

1st Place: The Bosque

Producer: Royal Day, DATA Charter

Honorable Mention: Alamogordo Keeps You Moving

Producer:  Soren Faisst and Jonas Kramer, Deutsche Schule

Middle School division

1st Place: Vacation in New Mexico

Producer: Jason Campbell & Nicole Croft, Holloman MS

Honorable Mention: Trinity Site at White Sands

Producer: Joshua Galovin, Picacho MS

Best of Festival Winner: “Doors”

Producer: Antonio Vigil, DATA Charter




 

“PROPS, MOVIE MAKING AND THE ART OF STAYING ALIVE”

Film Industry Professionals to Address Desert Light Film Festival

Dateline: April 16, 2014 - 2014 Desert Light Film Festival Update

The Desert Light Film organizers announce the 2014 Desert Light Film Festival will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. Presented by New Mexico State University Alamogordo, the Otero County Film Office, and the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, this competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled. This festival is designed for any student who has an interest in film making and future film industry careers. High school and middle school students from throughout the state of New Mexico will again be able to participate in this day-long festival of film screenings, work shops, seminars and film education.  

The public is invited to attend the morning Keynote Speech which will be held at the Rohovec Theater on the NMSU Alamogordo campus, beginning at 9 AM. This year the festival will present two keynote speakers giving a joint keynote from one of the most interesting career-paths in filmmaking.  Guest speakers addressing participating students at this year’s festival will be film and television industry professionals, father and son puppeteers, Michael and Sean McCormick   

The McCormicks are slated to deliver an address centered on their lives and their creative work in the local and international film industry. Their story is an exclusive New Mexico film industry success story.  While performing their Victorian style “Punch & Judy” puppet show on the streets of Santa Fe’s Fiesta in 1979, they were discovered by singer-songwriter, Roger Miller. A short time later, after an introduction to Jim Henson and “The Muppets”, Michael was hired onto a renowned project named “The Dark Crystal” which was midway through the development stages in London, England.  With these projects, he and his son embarked on careers and both remained in the film industry. Some of the works they have each been associated with down through the years include these titles: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, The Muppet Show”, “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”, “Labyrinth”, “Howard the Duck”, “Dragon Riders of Pern”, “Transformers”, “Star Trek V”, “Thor”, “Appaloosa”, “The Lone Ranger” and many, many more.  

Father and son have amassed biographies that include all the areas of design, special effects makeup, special effects creatures and puppets for the film and television industry. In addition to their personal work careers, education and teaching has given them even more credits at places such as the Institute of Indian Arts-Santa Fe; University of New Mexico; Haystack Mountain School; National Endowment for the Arts and Crafts; and the Eblana Cultural Services, in Dublin, Ireland. At these institutes and educational venues they have given classes in puppetry, foundry methods, design/museum reproduction, and mask making/puppetry workshops. This address will deliver an inside look into a professional career path available in the New Mexico film industry.

The public is also invited to attend the afternoon screening of student films at the Flickinger Center, beginning at 1:00 PM. The best submissions from high school and middle school students will show throughout the afternoon. An Awards Ceremony will be held at 4 PM, again at the Flickinger Center.


2014 Seminar Presenter for "Broadcast Television 101"


ALAN TREVER

Producer/Director

          Alan Trever has been actively involved in photography, advertising, film and television in the Roswell, New Mexico area for nearly nine years. He first started his own photography and commercial advertising business in Roswell in 1998. His clients included the advertising campaigns of local and statewide political candidates. Mr. Trever also helped to create a film program that served as a training ground for future members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 480 chapter in Roswell. In addition, he helped to establish a film training program for a branch of his alma mater (Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell), by raising over three quarters of a million dollars and combining that with a state sponsored “traveling” film school program (Film Technology Training Program or FTTP) that was created to share film equipment with several universities within New Mexico. The program, currently in operation, has successfully trained many students for Local 480 IATSE positions and as an added revenue benefit, rents state of the art film equipment to outside productions at a profit. The program has been able to purchase more state of the art film equipment for filmmakers than any other university in the state.


2014 Desert Light Film Competition
is Proud to Announce:
“Call for Entries is Now Open ……”

A Film Competition for New Mexico Middle School and High School Students
Entry Deadline: March 14th, 2014


Open to all New Mexico students:
Public, Private, Charter or Home School Welcome
Six Categories with Cash Prizes
 For more information: 575-434-5882
Or contact:
K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at jan@filmotero.com or Joan Griggs at jgriggs@ nmsu.edu  
Corporate Sponsor: J C Penney Corporation


Call for Entries is now open for the 2014 Desert Light Film Competition

The Desert Light Film organizers announce the 2014 Desert Light Film Festival will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. Presented by New Mexico State University Alamogordo, the Otero County Film Office, and the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, this competition will give students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled. This festival is designed for any student who has an interest in film making.

Categories include narrative or drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film, music video and 30-second commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value. The 30 second commercial is described this year as a choice of advertising subject that conforms to the festival guidelines or a New Mexico tourism commercial.  

Desert Light offers prizes in every category. First Place awards are $100 each. Honorable Mention awards are $50 each. Local sponsors will be on hand to personally present the awards for the winning films. Seminars this year will include Final Cut Pro, special effects makeup for film, and production techniques. Other seminars will be announced.

The preferred method for submitting student films is via Vimeo. The Vimeo account can be found at https://vimeo.com/user21243085  The login is desertlightfilmfest@gmail.com The password is lightdesert2014.  Now, when you upload your video, you will find a tab for Privacy Settings. On that page is a question:  Who can watch this video?  Under that question, please choose: Only people with a password – protect this video with a password. So, create one, and then email that password to us at desertlightfilmfest@gmail.com along with the Title of your film. That way we will watch for it. 

Films which cannot be submitted via Vimeo will still be accepted on disk. Please submit individual, single DVDs for each film submission. DO NOT submit multiple films on one DVD as was allowed in the past. If schools or students have something that won’t work with the criteria above, please email us and tell us what format you do have. We will try to work with you, just allow enough time before the submission deadlines.

A special Film Briefing with Ranger Kathy Denton has been arranged at the White Sands National Monument following the Awards Ceremony. Whenever professionals come to film at the Monument, they have certain procedures to follow before they arrive, and while they are filming. This interactive briefing will teach you much about the protocol of filming in national parks and working with other agencies. Students will arrive at the White Sands before sunset, and then be able to film some fabulous footage. This is a very special opportunity to spend several hours at one of the sites kept especially for filming. This event is open just to students and teachers attending the Desert Light Film Festival.

Organizers of the 2014 Desert Light Film Competition include K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison; Jim Mack, Past Director of the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, Bryan Yancey, ProTech division head at NMSU Alamogordo; Ranger Kathy Denton, Education and Interpretation specialist at White Sands National Monument; Laurie Anderson, Otero County Economic Development Council Business Development Director; Christa Haynes, Empire Life Insurance; Oscar Zamora, director of the Binational Independent Film Festival; Joan Griggs, festival director from NMSU Alamogordo; and Dr. Bruce Martin and Donna Cook, NMSU Alamogordo.

Submit films anytime from now until Friday, March 14, 2014. Each entry requires a $5 entry fee which should be mailed with your entry form to the Otero County Film Office, 1301 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM 88310. The entry form includes a “Use of Submissions” form to be signed by students over 18. Parents or teachers will sign for students under 18. All forms, including the form explaining the Entry Rules, information about Judging and Awards, and Description of Categories will soon be available on the Film Otero website www.filmotero.com. They will be sent to you within the next few days. For more information, contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at jan@filmotero.com or Joan Griggs at griggs1331@msn.com .

Click here to download the 2014 Entry Rules

Click here to download the 2014 Entry Form

Click here to download the 2014 Competition Video Release Form 

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Animation

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Documentary

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Tourism Commercials

Click here for the Tourism Logo in the PNG Format (For use with your tourist attraction name or town name)

Click here for the DLFF Tourism Logo in the PNG Format
 
Click here for the Tourism Logo in the JPeg Format  (For use with your tourist attraction name or town name)

Click here for the DLFF Tourism Logo in the JPeg Format

New Tourism Requirements:Students wanting to film a New Mexico tourism commercial must include the New Mexico tourism marketing and a “partnership logo” for the NM True campaign. Visit www.nmindustrypartners.org to set up an account to access the branding information and the asset libraries at www.media.nmtourism.org.  Finished commercials must be “logo approved” by the NM Tourism Dept. (about 48 Hrs.) before submission.  Students may focus on single or multiple tourist attractions.  Topics are not limited, but can include interaction with New Mexico scenery, ballooning, cultural attractions, wildlife, sports, etc.  “Persuasiveness” is the unique judging criteria for all commercials.

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Music Video

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Drama and Comedy

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Experimental

Click here for Tips on Music for Videos.

Jan Wafful
Film Liaison
Otero County Film Office
City Hall Desk: 575-439-4353


2014 Seminar Presenter for "Broadcast Television 101"

ALAN TREVER

Producer/Director

Alan Trever has been actively involved in photography, advertising, film and television in the Roswell, New Mexico area for nearly nine years. He first started his own photography and commercial advertising business in Roswell in 1998. His clients included the advertising campaigns of local and statewide political candidates. Mr. Trever also helped to create a film program that served as a training ground for future members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 480 chapter in Roswell. In addition, he helped to establish a film training program for a branch of his alma mater (Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell), by raising over three quarters of a million dollars and combining that with a state sponsored “traveling” film school program (Film Technology Training Program or FTTP) that was created to share film equipment with several universities within New Mexico. The program, currently in operation, has successfully trained many students for Local 480 IATSE positions and as an added revenue benefit, rents state of the art film equipment to outside productions at a profit. The program has been able to purchase more state of the art film equipment for filmmakers than any other university in the state.


Desert Light Film Festival
Desert Light Film Festival 2013

celebrates student filmmakers from New Mexico

Desert Light Film Festival 2013 was held April 19 on the campus of New Mexico State University Alamogordo and at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo.

Desert Light was the first statewide film competition in New Mexico aimed at middle school and high school students. The festival and competition has been growing since it first began in 2004 and a record 127 films were entered this year from schools across the state.

The festival is presented each year by New Mexico State University Alamogordo, the Otero County Film Office and the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts and sponsored by J.C. Penney. The winning filmmakers are presented with cash and other prizes at an awards ceremony held after the film screenings.

“We are proud to have JC Penney Company Fund, Inc as our official corporate sponsor, and we especially appreciate our new local Penneys manager Omar Hamza,” said Joan Griggs, director of community education services at NMSU Alamogordo. “Penneys makes it possible to produce this festival and to give out cash prizes that in turn help students fund their filmmaking.” Films were submitted this year from ten high schools including Alamogordo High School, Deutsche Schule, Chaparral High School, Las Cruces High School, Mayfield High School, and the Albuquerque based schools Sandia Prep, Public Academy for the Performing Arts, Desert Academy and DATA charter school. Middle schools participating include Mountain View Middle School from Alamogordo, and Picacho Middle School and Sierra Middle School, both from Las Cruces.

Through the years Desert Light has brought outstanding professional filmmakers to speak to students at the festival. This year’s keynote speaker was Ann Lerner, director fo the Albuquerque Film Office. She showed clips of many movies and TV series that have filmed in Albuquerque and talked about her job which includes reading scripts and finding the perfect “locations” for each one.

One of the early keynote speakers was head Ager/Dyer from “The Hunger Games,” Bren Cook. “Bren is a great example of a woman who began as a Production Assistant in wardrobe on Transformers when it filmed here in Alamogordo, and has gone on to have a wonderfully successful new career in New Mexico,” said Griggs. “Bren presented an engaging seminar on making costumes look realistic, showing students how to apply “dirt,” blood stains, and other special effects. Among her credits she counts all the Transformers movies, True Grit, Bless Me Ultima, and The Book of Eli. We are delighted with her success.”

Emmy award winning screenwriter Kirk Ellis showed a clip from “The Dark Knight” to begin his seminar in 2009. Students each had the first four pages of the script, and learned to follow the screenplay while seeing it in action. In 2010, Rachel T. Nicoll, Senior Technical Director at Sony Pictures Imageworks, inspired students as she spoke about her work in visual effects and career opportunities in digital arts. She showed clips from one of her projects, “Alice in Wonderland.”

Dr. Phil Lewis, Creative Media Institute instructor at New Mexico State University opened his morning seminar in 2011 by giving a terrific introduction to a new category for the festival: Experimental Film. He showed clips from various Experimental Films, and gave students a visual idea about combining media, and what makes an abstract film. The Alamogordo Optimist Club provided funding for prizes in this new category. The First Prize Award for Experimental Film at the high school level in 2011 went to Taylor Roundtree, Jocelyn Rose, and Sierra Anaya from Alamogordo High School for their film, “Perception.” Lieutenant Governor John Cowart represented the Optimist Club and presented them with the $100 prize.

We want to give students a forum,” said Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison. “We hope to increase the number of New Mexican film makers who will ultimately participate in the professional film industry here in New Mexico.”

In addition to the screenings and awards ceremony, participants attend workshops given by professionals in the film industry. This year the workshops include “Special Effects Makeup for Film,” “Editing using Adobe Premier Pro,” and ”Making films NOT for the cinema,” where students learned about making film for virtual reality glasses, Ipods and Ipads, and more.

The Cloudcroft Light Opera Company generously sponsors a pre-Awards Ceremony reception for these student filmmakers. Then, following the reception, students learn the judging results. This year the awards totaled over $1,700. The Best of Festival Award was given to that film which is judged to be the best of all submissions. “The Sword of Arundel,” a 7 minute Drama with a Lord-of-the-Rings feel to it, was submitted by Samantha Filer of Jemez Springs. Not only was it Samantha’s 17th birthday on Friday, but she won a movie theater size poster of her film and an Ipod nano as additional prizes to the $100 for winning 1st Place in the High School division Drama/Comedy category. “I have found my passion in making films,” said Filer, “and I hope to continue making films that encourage others.”

Other awards include first place and honorable mention in each category. Categories include drama/comedy, music video, animation, documentary, experimental, and New Mexico tourism commercial.

The evening wrapped up with a trip to White Sands, where the students were given a briefing about filming in White Sands by Ranger Kathy Denton who is responsible for filming at the Monument. After the information session, students could take sunset shots at the White Sands.

Desert Light Film Festival 2013


DESERT LIGHT FILM FESTIVAL 2013
WINNING FILMS


ANIMATION

High School division
1st Place: Political Processor
Producer:  Ivan Hernandez, DATA Charter HS
 
Honorable Mention: My Sweet Tooth
Producer:  Sylvia Barnhill. Alamogordo HS

Middle School division
1st Place: Strange Encounters
Producer:  Madison Nicke, Mountain View MS, Alamogordo
Cheyenne Neitch, Tristan Cook, Isabel Gutierrez, Rose Rodriguez, Bethany Hardway, James Pruitt, Rachel Harvey, Ricky Rickansrud

Honorable mention: Cheeseburger
Producer:  Harmony Cannedy, Sierra NS, Las Cruces

DOCUMENTARY

High School division
1st Place: The Story of Smokey Bear
Producer Tyler Dunn, Alamogordo HS, Alamogordo

Honorable Mention: David
Producer Katie Bieri   Las Cruces HS, Las Cruces
Middle School division

1st Place: Sexting
Producer Samantha Alvarado, Sierra MS

Honorable Mention: Gun Laws
Producer Kayleigh Getkin, Maya Woods, Isaiah Palacios Sierra MS, Las Cruces

DRAMA/COMEDY

High School division
1st Place: The Sword of Arundel
Producer Samantha Filer, Home school, Los Alamos, NM
 
Honorable Mention: Powder Pigs
Producer:  Harrison Sim, DATA Charter HS, Albuquerque, NM

Middle School division
1st Place: Chrononaut
Producer Alexander Smith, Sandia Prep, Albuquerque

Honorable Mention: The Midnight Game
Producer Hannah Zapien   Picacho MS, Las Cruces

EXPERIMENTAL
High School division
1st Place: Présage
Producer Rubee Fegan, DATA Charter

Honorable Mention: Dreams
Producer Antonio Vigil, Royal Day, Ryan Montenery, Wes McHale DATA Charter HS

Middle School division
1st Place: Masked Butchers
Producer Victoria Holguin, Sierra MS

Honorable Mention: Insipid
Producer  Andres Chavira, Dominique Barela, Isaiah Palacios   Sierra MS

MUSIC VIDEO
High School division
1st Place: Find Me  AHS   
Producer Erica Krajewski, Sylvia Barnhill Alamogordo HS, Alamogordo

Honorable Mention: Payphone  Mayfield HS
Producer  Allysandra Duran, Roxanna Carrasco, Brianna Rodriguez, Justin Krebs, Daniel Pando, David Quintana, Adeline Smith, Jesse Campersan

Middle School division
1st Place: You Belong with Me
Producer Norma Farrell, Stephanie Legarreta, Missy Harvey      Sierra MS, Las Cruces

Honorable Mention: Not Over You
Producer  Autumn Jones, Samantha Alvarado    Sierra MS, Las Cruces


TOURISM COMMERCIAL
Middle School division
1st Place:  White Sands Balloon Fiesta
Producer:  James Maestas, Picacho MS

Honorable Mention: Carlsbad
Producer:  Angel Banuelos, Picacho MS

JUDGES’ CHOICE  : Shades of Gray
Producer Antonio Vigil, DATA Charter

Best of Festival: The Sword of Arundel
Producer Samantha Filer, Home School

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Awards

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Best of Festival 2013 Winner!

Call for Entries is now open for the 2013 Desert Light Film Competition

The Desert Light Film organizers are searching for New Mexico high school and middle school students to participate in the 2013 Desert Light Film Festival on Friday, April 19, 2013. Presented by New Mexico State University Alamogordo and the Otero County Film Office, and sponsored by JC Penney, this competition will give students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled. This festival is designed for any student who has an interest in film making.

This year the festival celebrates New Mexico's Active Lifestyles incorporating History, Arts & Culture. The active New Mexican lifestyle of exploring in our state should bring out lots of creative ideas for filming. "Activity steeped in New Mexican culture" makes the documentary category perfect for covering historical topics. We hope students will dig into the history of our state, and of their area, and teach us how to experience new adventures. This could incorporate anything from a focus on native pottery and art classes to rock-climbing. Hiking and biking our state's wilderness trails, or even exploring New Mexico parks, historical monuments, mineral springs and petroglyphs can make for action-packed films. The 30 second commercial is described this year as the New Mexico-New Tourism Initiative commercial. The film from any category or division that best represents New Mexico's new "Site-Doing, Not Site-Seeing" theme, will receive the "New Mexico Active Lifestyle-Initiative Film Award" for $100, a special prize just for this year's festival.

Categories include drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film and music video. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value.

Sponsored by JC Penney through the JC Penney Foundation, Desert Light offers prizes in every category. First Place awards are $100 each. Honorable Mention awards are $50 each. Local JC Penneys store manager Omar Hamza will be on hand to personally present the awards for the winning films. Seminars this year will include Final Cut Pro, special effects makeup for film, and production techniques. Other seminars will be announced.

Please submit student films on DVD, standard format, MPEG2, in 4x3 or 16x9 format. This year there is a new directive for single DVD submissions. Please submit individual, single DVDs for each film submission. DO NOT submit multiple films on one DVD as was allowed in the past. If schools or students have something that won't work with the criteria above, please email us and tell us what format you do have. We will try to work with you.

A special Film Briefing with Ranger Kathy Denton has been arranged at the White Sands National Monument following the Awards Ceremony. Whenever professionals come to film at the Monument, they have certain procedures to follow before they arrive, and while they are filming. This interactive briefing will teach you much about the protocol of filming in national parks and working with other agencies. Students will arrive at the White Sands before sunset, and then be able to film some fabulous footage. This is a very special opportunity to spend several hours at one of the sites kept especially for filming. This event is open just to students and teachers attending the Desert Light Film Festival.

Organizers of the 2013 Desert Light Film Competition include K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison; Omar Hamza, store manager for JC Penney; Bryan Yancey, ProTech division head at NMSU Alamogordo; Ranger Kathy Denton, Education and Interpretation specialist at White Sands National Monument; Laurie Anderson, Otero County Economic Development Council executive assistant; Christa Haynes, New York Life Insurance, Joan Griggs, festival director from NMSU Alamogordo; and Dr. Bruce Martin and Donna Cook, NMSU Alamogordo.

Submit films anytime from now until Friday, March 8, 2013. Entries should be mailed to the Otero County Film Office, 1301 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM 88310. Each entry requires a $5 entry fee. The entry form includes a "Use of Submissions" form to be signed by students over 18. Parents or teachers will sign for students under 18. All forms, including the form explaining the Entry Rules, information about Judging and Awards, and Description of Categories will soon be available on the Film Otero website www.filmotero.com . They will be sent to you within the next few days. For more information, contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at jan@filmotero.com or Joan Griggs at jgriggs@ nmsu.edu .

Click here to download the 2013 Entry Rules

Click here to download the 2013 Entry Form

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Animation

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Documentary

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Tourism Commercials

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Music Video

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Drama and Comedy

Click here to download what will be judged in the category: Experimental

Click here for Tips on Misic for Videos.

Jan Wafful
Film Liaison
Otero County Film Office
City Hall Desk: 575-439-4353


 

2013 Desert Light Film Festival is Pleased to Announce:
2013 Panel of Judges
Animation Category 2013

Teri Farley Animation Judge for 2013

Aaron Barreras Animation Judge 2013

Teri Farley

Aaron Barreras
After graduating with degrees in Graphic Design and Animation from the Art Center Design College's Main Campus in Tucson, Arizona, Teri worked for ten years as the Senior Editor and Animator at DV Design Labs/DigiVideo Productions. Teri was responsible for 2D and 3D animation, working with clients, writing scripts, storyboarding, recording and capturing audio and video, coordinating on and off site shoots, wrangling talent, conducting market analysis, creating corporate identity packages, creating logo designs and websites, and editing broadcast quality commercials, video brochures, and training videos. Teri moved to New Mexico in 2004 to become the Department Chair for Animation and Computers at the Southwest University of Visual Arts located in Albuquerque. Teri is passionate about promoting, protecting, connecting and inspiring New Mexico animators, filmmakers and emerging media artists. She continues to create independent animations and live action films in her spare time. Her goal is to create a large network of local New Mexico animators and bring award winning animation projects and animation jobs to New Mexico.

Aaron Barreras is an award winning local filmmaker, vfx artist, educator, and all around animation geek. Born and raised in New Mexico, he has been fortunate to be able to pursue his passion in film and animation and yet remain close to home. It is his goal to give that opportunity to others pursuing animation in the state, to help be a part of building up the local production industry. He was worked with a variety of styles, both personally and professional, ranging from hand-drawn animation, interactive and web, motion graphics, 3d animation, and visual effects for film. As an educator, he has trained individuals from around the world who have gone on to become award winning professionals in digital illustration, design, animation, and game creation. Currently, he is the the CG Technical Director for a feature film documentary being produced in New Mexico. Aaron believes that animation is a perfect medium because it can span borders, cultures, and styles, and it speaks to the desire for storytelling in all of us.

 

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