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FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Film Foundation is seeking applications for two new grant programs for aspiring writers.

The New Mexico Girls Make Movies Grant features a $1,000 production budget and the support of a professional film crew for girls and women ages 12 to 25 to turn their story into a short film, according to a press release. Applicants are asked to submit an original screenplay, short story, comic book or poem by March 15 to nmfilmfoundation.org or nmgirlsmakemovies.org.

Finalists for the award will have the opportunity to join the crew of the winning film, and participants can learn various aspects of filmmaking, including camera operation, editing, screenwriting and costume design.

The Tale Writers Scholastic Script Contest is open to state high school or college students. Applicants should submit a film screenplay of 10 pages or fewer that deals with New Mexico history by March 15 to talewriters.org/script-contests.

The competition will be judged by professional screenwriters, and cash prizes will be provided by the Governor's Mansion Foundation.

The three finalists for each grant will be invited to the New Mexico Film Foundation gala at the Governor's Mansion in April, where their screenplays will be performed as staged readings, according to the press release.

For more information, call Dick Norris at 505-819-9010, or Jocelyn Jansons or Carrie McCarthy at 310-699-9951.

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