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Submit to the 2021

Madrid Film Festival!!


Fourth Annual Short Film Showcase Seeks More Local Talent


Impresario Joe West and author Andrew Wice invite all aspiring and established local filmmakers to submit a short film for consideration in the Madrid Film Festival. On May 10, the festival will begin accepting short films (thirty minutes or less) which were created over the past year in New Mexico. The submission deadline is Monday, July 26, 2021.

The fourth annual Madrid Film Festival, appealingly hosted by Mr. West and Mr. Wice, will be screened at the end of August in Madrid, New Mexico. Filmmakers whose work is accepted by the festival will receive free tickets and refreshments, and be invited to an exclusive VIP reception. Films that win an award become eligible to join the Madrid Film Festival on Tour, going on the road to visit audiences all over the state.

Thanks to a grant from The Kind World Foundation, this festival is able to offer monetary prizes: $500 cash awarded to the film that wins the Festival’s grand prize, Le Palme d’Coal, and $500 cash awarded to the film that wins the best local Madrid film prize, the “Oscar” Huber.

Submit an entry by including a link to your film (Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc) in an email to Please indicate the genre of your film: comedy, drama, thriller, music video, documentary, animation or experimental (non-genre). Multiple entries are accepted and there is no submission fee. Please include an explanation of how your film is connected to New Mexico. To be eligible for the “Oscar” Huber local Madrid film award, it must be made by people who reside within fifteen miles of Madrid, New Mexico. Please visit for more information.

Mission Statement 


The Madrid Film Festival seeks to encourage local filmmaking by showcasing the best short films produced in New Mexico each year.  Supporting amateur and minority filmmakers is a particular emphasis, especially in the small town of Madrid where educational workshops can directly reach aspiring filmmakers.  




History of the Festival

Musician Joe West had the idea of a local short film festival and brought it to author Andrew Wice; when they added technical wizard Doug Speer and later, Laine Patterson the quartet of producers balanced together.  The inaugural 2018 festival was a surprise runaway sold-out hit.  They expanded the 2019 festival into three full days, and then took the prize-winning films on a successful short tour around New Mexico.  Despite the limitations put in place by Covid, the 2020 Madrid Film Festival was another smash hit, and featured the first-ever virtual festival screening, which streamed for free.   

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