New Mexico Girls Make Movies is a state-wide outreach program that provides education and job training to New Mexico girls and young women in the film and television industries.

The New Mexico Girls Make Movies Grant, offered through the New Mexico Film Foundation, offers New Mexico girls and young women (ages twelve to twenty-five) the opportunity to submit their original screenplays, shorts stories, comic books, and poems for the chance to win a $1,000 production budget and the support of a professional film crew to turn their story into a short film.  Select finalists will be invited to join the crew on the winning short film.

From screenwriting to editing, girls learn the filmmaking process guided by mentors in their area of interest and have fun along the way!

The program was created by Directors Jocelyn Jansons, a Santa Fe-based filmmaker and winner of the George RR Martin Grant through the New Mexico Film Foundation for her upcoming feature film WOLF, and Carrie McCarthy, the Marketing Creative Director for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and founder of Santa Fe Women in Photography.

The top five finalists receive an invitation to the Shooting Stars gala at the Governor’s Mansion on April 21, 2017, where the winning story/screenplay will be performed as a staged reading.

Applications opened on January 15, 2017. The deadline for the 2017 grant was March 31, 2017.