Thursday, June 17, 2010

New funding for state film programs announced

More news about additional funding for film programs at schools throughout New Mexico - helping launch new programs and expanding some existing programs in fields ranging from set-building to post-production.  Also announced was continued funding for the popular NM Filmmakers Program:

From the New Mexico Business Weekly:

Richardson announces funds and warns about film industry's future

New Mexico Business Weekly - by Megan Kamerick NMBW Staff

Gov. Bill Richardson said there are more funds to promote the New Mexico film industry's growth while warning about the future once he leaves office.

Richardson announced June 14 that colleges around the state will share $385,000 in state funds for film programs. On June 11, he said there is more funding for the New Mexico Filmmakers program, and urged attendees at a film conference to continue fighting for the film industry.


Richardson also announced an allocation of $200,000 for the New Mexico Filmmakers Program during a stop on June 11 at the New Mexico Filmmakers conference on film financing and distribution in Albuquerque.

The funds will be used for filmmaker training and outreach programs, such as the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase, the annual New Mexico Filmmakers Conference, the New Mexico Filmmakers Resource Center and outreach events on the upcoming Native/Hispanic Film Tour.

Read more: Richardson announces funds and warns about film industry's future - New Mexico Business Weekly

and from the Silver City Sun News:

Richardson to visit WNMU today

Sun News Report

SILVER CITY -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will stop in Silver City today and make an announcement related to Western New Mexico University's film and media arts program.

Richardson, New Mexico Film Office Director Lisa Strout and Eric Witt, the governor's film and media adviser, are scheduled to make the announcement at 10:15 a.m. at the Global Resource Center Auditorium on the WNMU campus.

Richardson made announcements at ENMU-Roswell, NMSU-Carlsbad and Luna Community College on Monday regarding $385,000 in funding for film programs.

According to the university, WNMU currently offers both a certificate and an associate degree program in digital media communications through the School of Applied Technology. Courses in Adobe Creative Suite programs like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, After Affects and Illustrator as well as digital film editing (Final Cut Pro) and audio production are offered. Most of these courses deal with post-production skills...

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