Future Voices of New Mexico

Through the Future Voices of New Mexico project, a collaboration of The Lensic and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, middle and high school students throughout New Mexico learn photography skills and how to direct, shoot, and edit short films. 

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Left: Connie Schaekel, The Lensic's director of community relations, congratulates a student winner during ta recent film festival and awards ceremony. Right: A group of students stands outside The Lensic prior to the awards ceremony.

About Future Voices of New Mexico

October 2017 kicked off the eleventh year of Future Voices of New Mexico. Throughout the school year, students worked inside and outside of classrooms with teachers, professional filmmakers, and photographers to create three-minute films and photographs. Students were then invited to submit their best work for the annual Future Voices of Mexico Film Festival. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of film and photography professionals from across the country.

In 2018, we received 182 film entries and 382 photography entries. These creations came from students at New Mexico high schools representing Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Espanola, Pojoaque, and Taos. 

On May 8 The Lensic will welcome 800 excited students for the annual Film Festival and awards ceremony. The first, second ,and third-place films and photos in a number of categories will be screened for the audience of students and film and photo professionals. Winners in each category will also be presented with cash awards. 

Future Voices of New Mexico is made possible through a partnership involving The Lensic and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. For more information and to view the work of past Future Voices award winners visit  futurevoicesofnewmexico.org.

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