Join Film Las Cruces in “At Home! Movie Contest” Through April 20

By Jacqueline Devine, Las Cruces Sun-News

Film Las Cruces

April 6, 2020 – With citizens encouraged to stay at home to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Film Las Cruces is launching the “At Home! Movie Contest” to help residents have some fun and create some entertaining and educational videos for the city and state.

The contest will start on April 1 and run through April 20.

“During this time of social distancing, Film Las Cruces is happy to help create this opportunity to have a little fun and maybe even develop an informative public service announcement to help us reduce spread of the coronavirus,” said Don Gray, director of the Las Cruces and Doña Ana County Film Office. “We encourage families and children to tap into their creativity and teamwork to make some entertaining videos for us all to enjoy.”

Jon Foley, film liaison for Film Las Cruces, said the coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected the film industry in New Mexico.

“The coronavirus pandemic has completely halted all film and television productions globally,” Foley said. “On the bright side, this has given us a greater opportunity to pitch Las Cruces to industry decision makers with more time on their hands.”

New Mexico has directed residents to stay at home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which Foley sees as the perfect time to pick up filmmaking as a hobby.

“Making short films at home is a great way to spend your time. As with all forms of art, this provides an opportunity to bring imagination to life,” he said. “Some of my fondest memories were creating stop-motion videos with Legos in my bedroom.”

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The contest will have three categories: Best Short Film, Best Family Film, and Best Public Service Announcement on the benefits of social distancing in helping to stop the coronavirus. There will also be an award for the best film from someone under 18 years old.

While this contest is largely limited to residents of Doña Ana County, the contest will also offer a Best PSA winner for a resident of New Mexico outside of Doña Ana County.