Screenwriters Program

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Screenwriting Workshops

We now have a series of screenwriting workshops which will run from January through April. All classes are $75 and will be taught at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design film school. The workshop topics include Screenwriting 101, Breaking down a story, character development and more. Go to our Tale Writers site for more information. Screenwriting Workshops

Stage Reading Program

The deadline for this phase of the Stage Reading Program has passed. We had 31 submissions for the first part of this program. Thanks to all who submitted.

The New Mexico Film Foundation in partnership with the New Mexico Women in Film, announces a new Stage Reading series through its Tale Writers Screenwriting program. New Mexico screenwriters will be invited to submit a variety of script formats and genres to NMFF. Our professional team will select which work will be performed by professional directors and actors.   The readings, which will occur approximately every 3 months , will each have a specific format.

In the professional world, producers and their readers will in many cases only read your first 10 pages, with that in mind our first format will be pages 1-10 of your completed, or to be completed, script in any genre. Applications accepted August 1st through August 31.

Our second search is for an episodic script based on an existing TV series such as Better Call Saul, Night Shift etc. These are called spec scripts.  The writer must understand the show he/she is writing for, and it must be a series that is considered widely familiar for our judges.

The following two submission after that will be a script for a children’s program and a script for a feature or pilot that is based in and about the writer’s New Mexico home town.

Out Tale Writers Screenwriting program seeks to help New Mexico Screenwriters “up their game” as professional screenwriters. By demanding the best in screenwriting, and intimate familiarity with various script formats, genres and elements the screenwriter will be challenged to produce industry standard quality work.

The submission process will be open to New Mexico residents only, with no fee for submitting. In some cases the submissions will be judged and finalists invited to have their work part of a stage reading. In other cases, finalists will be chosen who will be matched with mentors to fine tune their work.

Stage readings are of great benefit to screenwriters, allowing their written words to come to life providing a realistic depiction of the characters and the action. By recruiting local directors and actors we seek to bring attention to the great acting and directing talent we have in New Mexico as well. Screenwriter will work with directors during the casting process.

Invest in New Mexico Screenwriters.