The 2nd ANNUAL

July 26, 27 & 28, 2019


Second Annual Madrid Film Festival 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, a Theater of Death Production. The producer team of West, Wice and Doug Speer, request short films of any genre, thirty minutes or less, which were created over the past year in New Mexico. The submission deadline is Sunday, June 28, 2019. 

Because last year’s debut was such a runaway sold-out success, the producers were forced to expand the 2019 festival into three full days. Last year’s winner of the grand prize, Le Palme d’Coal, was Jane Rosemont’s statuesque, poignant “Apotheosis.” 

The Second Annual Madrid Film Festival, appealingly hosted by Mr. West and Mr. Wice, will be screened at the Engine House Theater on July 26, 27, 28. Filmmakers whose work is accepted by the festival will receive free tickets and refreshments, and be invited to an exclusive VIP reception. 

Submit an entry by including a link to your film (youtube, vimeo, dropbox, etc) in an email to (click icon below). In the subject line, indicate the genre in which your film belongs. Multiple entries are accepted and there is no submission fee. Please include an explanation of how your film is connected to New Mexico.





The historic Engine House Theater is a beautifully rustic performance space, the crown jewel for the cultural gem of the mining district that is The Mineshaft Tavern. It is located at 2846 State Highway 14 in Madrid, New Mexico. 

Joe West’s Theater of Death, now in its seventh year, produces an annual anthology of dark horror/comedy plays, featuring original live music and macabre melodramatics, inspired by the Grand Guignol Theatre of Paris. The next Theater of Death plays will be terrifying audiences around Halloween, 2019. 



Joe West is an award-winning songwriter, performer and director. In addition to his international touring schedule and nine full-length albums (including his newest, Rodeo of the Soul), he propitiously founded the Theater of Death production company. Please visit and 

Andrew Wice is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of seven novels, including To The Last Drop (Bäuu Press, Colorado, 2008), as well as the best-selling smartphone app, The Oral History Tour of Madrid, NM. Please visit 

Doug Speer is a retired producer and photographer. After 32 years in corporate communications he joined Theater of Death last year as Technical Director for the inaugural Madrid Film Festival and the fall production of Invasion!


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