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Taos Shortz Film Fest




Call for entries are  OPEN!

Come join the hottest shorts film fest in the SouthWest. Taos Shortz Film Festival is rapidly becoming an internationally known film festival.  We are dedicated to featuring quality, juried short films from around the globe and we invite you to bring your adventure of creativity to our film fest.  Take the opportunity to strut your stuff amidst the mountains  and mesas of Taos, NM. 

Do you have a tale to tell?

A secret to reveal?  A truth that screams to be heard?

We are a forum that unites short films and filmmakers with the community, with the belief that films have the ability to change peoples lives.

The Taos Shortz Film Fest continues to bring world class cinema to our community and beyond and to provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers and distributors.        

The Taos Shortz Film fest will be held April 7- 10, 2016 at the Taos Center for the Arts.

We will screen global short films, focus on New Mexico filmmakers and a local Taos filmmaker night on Thursday, March 7th.  Free panel discussions and networking possibilities are being planned plus a few more creative events to make our 2013 festival better than ever!

If you think you have what it takes for this year....




Taos Shortz Film Fest





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Taos will play host
again to the 4th annual Taos Shortz Film Fest

dubbed as one of the most up and coming shorts
film festivals in Northern New  Mexico.
The festival will showcase more than 60 juried short films
from 15 countries. The Festival is scheduled from Friday, March 4 through
Sunday, March 6, 2011.  Several juried
short films were the brainchild of Taosenos and other New Mexicans, including
writer/producer Allegra Huston (sister of actress, Angelica Huston).


According to Taos Shortz Film Fest founder, Anna
Cosentine, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of entries for 2011
than in years past. This year, she received 150 entries, which were juried and
narrowed down to 60 films. That, compared to the Fest’s first year when there
were only 20 juried films and no panel discussions.


“In starting the Taos Shortz  Film
Fest, I thought it would be a boon to the community not only so Taosenos could
be exposed to a variety of subjects on indie film making but to get cinematic
arts back in Taos,” said Anna Cosentine, founder and President of Taos Shortz
Film Fest. “It has always fascinated me how short filmmakers put so much money
and time into telling a story, yet capturing an audience’s attention in only
three minutes or so. I think the Festival gives Taosenos a sampling of what’s
involved and what’s out there internationally when it comes to indie


The juried panel takes into
account everything from a film’s technical excellence, story line, and other
guidelines to determine whether or not the film can proceed to the festival.
Films are categorized into genres including: documentary, dramatic fiction,
comedy fiction, experimental and animation.


The Festival, which will be held
at the Harwood Museum of Art, coincides with the Harwood’s New Mexorado art
opening – highlighting the work of artists who reside between Albuquerque and
Denver, Colorado.


Along with the screening of
dozens of short films, the Festival will feature free panel discussions, a
chance for film lovers and aspiring filmmakers to meet and ask questions of
film professionals, networking parties and more.
The Awards Ceremony concludes the festival
on March 6th at 5pm. All the award winning shorts will be shown at
that screening


Allegra Huston, who has lived in
Taos for the past 10 years, will be part of a panel discussion on how she
financed her film. She will also be on hand for the world premiere of her first
short film, “Good Luck, Mr. Gorski.”


“It’s important for me to premier
my film in Taos since it’s not only my home but that of most of my launch crew
who helped make it possible,” said Huston. “My advice to aspiring filmmakers is
to know what you’re doing before you start – watch other good, short
films; be aware of cost implications before you start, and get excited about
the project so others feel inspired to want to experience it as well. It’s very
unlikely you’ll ever make money creating a short film; the goal, instead,
should be to tell a story that you really love.”


Huston was able to finance “Good
Luck, Mr. Gorski” thanks to donations from New Mexicans and a number of other
supporters, as well as a number of well known celebrities including Jack
Nicholson, Angelica Huston and Larry Mullen (drummer from Irish band, U2).


Michael Grais, co-writer of the
horror classic, Poltergeist, will be also participating in a panel discussion
along with a number of other directors, writers, producers and industry


Film activities begin at 7 p.m.
on Friday with screenings of short films from seven countries. Then on Saturday
, more short film programs will be
shown from 9 a.m. to noon, which cater towards families and include panel
discussions. Sunday wraps up with more short film screenings, panel discussions
and an awards ceremony including screening the award winning films at 5 p.m.


For a complete schedule and film
listing, visit


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About Taos Shortz Film Fest

cosentine anna
(Taos Shotrz Film Fest)

The Taos Shortz Film Fest 2012 was an enormous success and put Taos back on the map as a cinematic destination.

We screened over 70 global and regional short films, offered free panel discussions in experimental film, chalkboard animation and Web Episodes. The town was hopping as we hosted 200 International filmmakers and partied every night till the wee networking hours…

The Call for Entries is now open for the 6th annual Taos Shortz Film Fest.

Come join the hottest shorts film fest in the SouthWest We are dedicated to featuring quality, juried short films from around the globe and we invite you to bring your adventure of creativity to our film fest. Take the opportunity to strut your stuff amidst the mountains and mesas of Taos, NM. Do you have a tale to tell? A secret to reveal? A truth that screams to be heard?

If you think you have what it takes SUBMIT YOUR FILM!


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