CARLSBAD — Filmmaking is making its mark in Carlsbad and in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase is an annual event that takes place in May in Albuquerque. The showcase, initiated by Gov. Bill Richardson, was designed as a way to give New Mexico writers and directors an opportunity to submit their original films and have them screened for the public.

According to a press release from the New Mexico Film Office, each showcase is open to all New Mexicans at no cost. The showcase tour of the films is to present the winning films around the state. This year's six winning films will be shown in local theatres in Carlsbad, Ruidoso, Socorro, Grants, Las Cruces and Valencia County.

In Carlsbad, the six-film showcase will be from 3-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, in room 153 of the Instructional Building at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad.

Cynthia Niedland, instructor for the digital media production program at NMSU-C, said what's important is that these are films made by New Mexico filmmakers.

"You can see what they are producing and what is making it into the showcase," she said. "It shows perspective students that we have a program and the state supports filmmaking."

Niedland is as excited about the film showcase and panel discussion as she was about Gov. Richardson making a trip to Carlsbad in mid June to announce the film training program funding three New Mexico schools. NMSU-C was one of the schools, along with Luna Community College and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.