Albuquerque, known for its thriving film community, is a city that shines bright in the sunny Land of Enchantment. One of the premier platforms that celebrates and supports independent, new, and alternative filmmakers in the city is Mindfield - Albuquerque.

It is the aim of Mindfield - Albuquerque to showcase the very best in new independent cinema and to provide filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work to a community that truly appreciates it.

Mindfield - Albuquerque showcases features, shorts, and music videos by filmmakers from around the world. The platform offers filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their latest work not just during their annual film festival, but also throughout the year with their bi-monthly online competitions.

During each bi-monthly competition, any project submitted to Mindfield - Albuquerque is automatically entered to compete with others. A selection (semi-finalist) for the bi-monthly competition is not an official selection for the annual live festival. However, each bi-monthly winner (finalist) will be added to a pool to be considered for possible "official selection" and screening at the annual film festival. Every winner of the bi-monthly competition will receive a digital laurel. Note that projects are not screened during the bi-monthly competition.

The annual live screening is a separate entity from the bi-monthly competition. A different panel will make their selection for the live screening from the winners (finalist) pool of the bi-monthly competition. All projects screened at the live festival will compete with each other, and the winners of the live festival will be announced at the awards ceremony.

The 2024 live festival is set to take place from August 22nd - 25th at The Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, located at 3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA.

Mindfield - Albuquerque is committed to providing an inclusive and dynamic platform for filmmakers to showcase their work, and looks forward to another successful year of independent cinema.

****Kindly be informed that project submissions made prior to July 1st, 2024, will be assessed for inclusion in the forthcoming Albuquerque Live Festival scheduled for August 2024. Conversely, projects submitted after June 30th, 2024, will be evaluated for potential inclusion in the subsequent Albuquerque Live Festival, which will take place in August of 2025. This measure is in place to allow ample time for print publication, programming, and other necessary preparations for the Live Festival, while also maintaining the bi-monthly competitions.****

- Best Feature Film
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Short Film
- Best Student Film
- Best New Mexico Film
- Best Documentary Short
- Best Feature Script
- Best Short Script
- Best Director
- Best Writer
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
- Best Cast Ensemble
- Best Music Video
- Best Trailer
- Best Score
- Best Cinematography
- Best Sound Design
- Best Narrator

· Entries must be in English or - Subtitled, dubbed in English.
· Every submission has to pick one main category in order to qualify for live screening.
· Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
· All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway. Please don't send discs or any downloadable files to us.
· Works in progress are accepted.
· Entries will not be returned.
· Entry fees are non-refundable

Upon submitting your film to our festival, you acknowledge and agree that elements of your work, such as trailers, stills, and posters, may be uploaded or embedded on our website and shared on our official social media channels. It is imperative that the submitting filmmaker, institution, creator, or company holds the necessary rights to submit the film and assumes responsibility for the provided content. Additionally, you consent to the utilization of segments from your film, including trailers, teasers, and film posters, for potential promotional purposes across our website and social media platforms.

Overall Rating
  • I was grateful to have my documentary, Road to Forgiveness, accepted into their festival. Honored to have come in as a Finalist. It's always a pleasure to work with Mindfield Film Festival.

    November 2023
  • Sean Tansey

    Mindfield Film Festival- Albuquerque is a fantastic film festival. They have so much love for filmmakers and independent film. I wish I could have been at their live event in person, hopefully next time. I of course found the event to be professional and well organised. They appreciate passion and talent. I highly suggest this film festival to everyone.

    September 2023
  • Jonathan Nagel

    Mindfield Film Festival is a great little independent festival! I'm honored to have had 3 films screened in their official selection during the in-person festival held at the Guild Cinema. There was a nice selection of films to watch. What I enjoyed was after each block screening how various film makers stood up and talked a little about their films. Aaron & Gene really did a wonderful job putting this festival together. Thanks again for a wonderful film film festival.

    September 2023
  • Easy and prompt communications, appreciate the openness to alternative and experimental works.

    September 2023
  • Thank you very much for selecting my slowcumentary "I'm Martha, Colombian" and for the Silver Award winner in the Best Documentary Feature category in July/August 2023.

    September 2023