New Mexico Route 66 Film Fest invites filmmakers of all ages to capture one of the most photogenic and intriguing subjects in the world—The Mother Road!
From “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Cars,” to “Easy Rider” and “Bagdad Café,” artists keep proving there’s always another curve in the story of America’s greatest highway. Route 66 entices travelers of all nations with her rocky peaks and expansive valleys, as she strings together a collection of small towns standing in stark contrast to her iconic cities. Some discover their inner grit when challenged by her dusty, desert-wrecked black top. Others marvel at her neon and motor courts as they travel to another era. What is certain, no one who travels America’s Main Street is left unchanged.
Join the ranks of John Ford, Peter Fonda, John Lassiter and Ridley Scott -- a group as eclectic as the attractions along the Route -- in translating the history, pathos and sheer lunacy of the road that settled the West.
New Mexico Route 66 Film Fest premieres as a spotlight event this September 2019 when Moriarty, New Mexico, celebrates its sixty-sixth birthday on Route 66. The entries will be judged by a group of Route 66 historians and film industry professionals which includes two-time Emmy winner Mike Abernathy. Screenings will take place in Moriarty’s 650-seat state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.

Best of the Fest: $500
First Place each category: Trophy

Within the categories of 66 second shorts (66’ers), shorts and feature length the video artist is invited to tell a story or create an artistic piece which, if not addressing Route 66 directly, should contain reference to the art, lifestyle, Route 66 history and/or life and travels on the road.
All videos shall be in English or have English subtitles.
NM Rt 66 Film Fest recommends submissions be of a “Family Friendly” nature and content but does not intend to stifle artistic content. However, NM Rt 66 Film Fest reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries.
Films must be the original work of the applicant(s). If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.
Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. NM Rt 66 Film Fest expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
NM Rt66 Film Fest screens films as MP4 digital files (Mpeg-4 Part 14), during the Festival and does NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file for exhibition, DO NOT SUBMIT your film.
Submissions shall be uploaded to:
Applicants agree to allow NM Rt 66 Film Fest the use of their submissions for promotional purposes.
Additional Content:
The clip should contain an additional clip or still at the end of the video, listing Applicant’s:
Name, Category, Physical Address, E-Mail address and any other credit and acknowledgments the applicant feels is necessary.

Submission gives us permission to screen publicly (free admission or for fee) for this and future events.

Overall Rating
  • Faruq Samani

    i love your film festival, thats perfect

    October 2019
  • Ronda S

    Very thankful our trailer was selected Roger did a super job of keeping us informed! Much appreciated.

    October 2019
  • Omid Seifi

    Happy that my film was part of this festival

    October 2019
  • Or Levy

    Happy that my film was part of this festival, wish i could have been there. Communication was really good

    October 2019
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    Wonderful communication by the festival even though I was overseas! Thanks for letting me be part of this

    October 2019