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Santa Fe Film Institute (SFFI) has awarded $10,300 in Regional Grants for filmmakers, the Imogene Hughes Scholarship Fund for college students and the SFFI scholarship for high school students pursuing film studies in New Mexico.

Four filmmakers have been awarded in Santa Fe Film Institute’s (SFFI) second Regional Grant cycle: Scott Hussion with “Dead Calm,” Colleen Thurston with “Drowned Land,” Raúl O. Paz Pastrana and Alan Domínguez with “Commerce City,” and Owee Rae with “Bone Guitar.”

SFFI created this grant in 2021 as a professional opportunity to motivate and
support filmmakers in New Mexico and the surrounding states of Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Texas. Regional Grant winners in 2022 are based in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado, and this year’s grant amounts range from $500 to $4,000.

Two New Mexico college students became the first recipients of the Imogene Hughes
Scholarship for $1,400 each for the purpose of pursuing their film studies. Benny Apodaca of the University of New Mexico and Isabella Edmo of the Institute of American Indian Arts were awarded. This college scholarship, created in memory of Bonanza Creek Ranch proprietor Imogene Hughes, was new to Santa Fe Film Institute’s filmmaking initiatives in 2022.

Two New Mexico students have each earned the $500 Santa Fe Film Institute High School Scholarship: Aleigha Begay of New Mexico School for the Arts and Emma Meyers of Santa Fe Prep. Now in its second year, SFFI’s Scholarship Program received applications from students attending high schools throughout New Mexico.