Friday, November 14, 2008

New Visions/New Mexico Awardee

Governor Richardson announces “New Visions/New Mexico” Contract Awardees

Congratulations to one of our own!!

Catherine Fridey of Albuquerque, $18,000 toward THE SANDS OF TIME, an animated time travel series which includes archaeological, cultural, and historical facts and research.

SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson today announced the recipients of
the 2008 New Visions/New Mexico Contract Awards. Now in its third
year, the program is providing fourteen contracts totaling $160,000
for New Mexico-based producers and directors to create narrative
films, documentaries, animated and experimental works.

“I’m pleased to continue supporting our home-based talent,” said
Governor Richardson. “Promoting the work of New Mexico’s own
filmmakers is key to our continued success in the industry.”

Awardees will provide a service to the state as part of their
contract, such as training other New Mexicans who are new to the
industry, providing free in-state screenings, workshops and seminars,
and conducting outreach to students interested in pursuing film/media
careers. To date, New Visions awardees have trained dozens of
interns and apprentices, provided classroom instruction statewide,
submitted their work to festivals across the country, and provided
free screenings for hundreds of New Mexicans across the state.

“The New Visions program remains an important part of our long-term
strategy to build a strong media community in the state,” said Eric
Witt, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Richardson.

Film Office Director Lisa Strout acknowledged the nearly 150 entrants
who submitted proposals, noting the high quality projects taking
place throughout the state. “We encourage everyone to pursue their
visions and take advantage of the state’s tax incentives and training
programs,” she said. “We will continue the New Visions program in
2009, and provide more opportunities for New Mexicans to bring their
stories to life.”

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