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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 4×3 or 16×9 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Joan Griggs at jgriggs@ nmsu.edu .
Otero County Film Office
City Hall Desk: 575-439-4353