Members of the New Mexico Film Foundation will be in Roswell tonight for a filmmaker mixer, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn/Oasis Bar and Grill.
The mixer, sponsored by the Film Foundation, the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Media Arts Department, the City of Roswell and the Roswell Filmfest and Cosmicon, kicks off the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenplay and Film Submissions and Competition, said Renee Roach, city marketing director and New Mexico Film Office liaison.
“The event is also a fundraiser for the Film Foundation,” Roach said. “The foundation is an non-profit that helps independent filmmakers with financing in New Mexico.”
Filmmakers come to New Mexico to take advantage of the state’s film industry incentives along with New Mexico’s natural beauty and great weather, she said.
ENMU-Roswell and the City of Roswell will be showcasing the ENMU-Roswell Media Arts Program and local film projects at the event, Roach said. ENMU-Roswell students will be there with equipment and highlights of their work.
“The work of the foundation brings job opportunities to the state, and this also gives the ENMU-Roswell students a chance to showcase their work and perhaps get to work in the industry.”
There will be multiple screens displaying ENMU student film projects, as well as print media samples, and tables with information about local Roswell Film Projects.
On Saturday, the fifth annual Baby Boomer Health and Business Expo begins at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, and the Roswell Filmfest and Cosmicon will have an exhibit at the expo, in conjunction with the ENMU-Roswell Media Arts Program.
This year’s theme for the Baby Boomer Expo is “Rock & Roll is Here to Stay” and participants are encouraged to dress in costumes to represent the era and theme to be considered for prizes.
Additionally, Holiday Inn guests are invited to watch the RFC Award Winning Shorts on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can pick up a schedule from the Holiday Inn registration desk.