Future Voices of New Mexico

The Lensic's Future Voices of New Mexico program encourages middle and high school students to tell their stories by creating short films and taking photographs.

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Left: Connie Schaekel, The Lensic's director of community relations, congratulates a student winner during a 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

This spring, at the end of the semester, we concluded 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. We received 182 film entries and 382 photographs from students in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Espanola, Pojoaque, and Taos. Entries were reviewed by a panel of film and photography professionals.

On May 8, The Lensic welcomed nearly 700 excited students for the annual Future Voices Film Festival and awards ceremony. The first-, second-, and third-place films and photos in a number of categories were screened for an audience of students and film and photo professionals. Winners in each category were be presented with cash awards. 

One particularly memorable film was created by Alejandro Medina, of Pojoaque Valley High School. Alejandro has epilepsy, and as he shows us in "Zeus the Service Dog," his canine best friend has made his life both happier and safer.

Watch Zeus The Service Dog by Alejandro Medina


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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