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George R.R. Martin starts NM screenwriting grant

SANTA FE, N.M. — “Game of Thrones” author and Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin gave a donation to start a screenwriting award to the New Mexico Film Foundation.

Dirk Norris, President and Executive Director of the New Mexico Film Foundation announced the availability of an annual, $5.000 screenwriters grant made possible by Martin.

The submission process will open on June 14 and run until Sept. 15. To enter, you must be a New Mexico resident, 18 years old and not a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

“The New Mexico Film Foundation is excited and honored to be working with George in this way,” said Norris, “and appreciate his generosity in helping the independent film community in New Mexico.”

Scripts must be for a feature length film or original Television Pilot, in the Science Fiction or Fantasy genres. The application process will include a 5 page treatment and a 5 page sample script. Information for submissions will be available on the New Mexico Film Foundation website beginning June 14 at www.nmfilmfoundation.org

The submission process will continue until Sept. 15 and the award will be announce in November.

The mission of the New Mexico Film Foundation is to help grow the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial support and educational opportunities to New Mexico Independent filmmakers. The George RR Martin screenwriting grant is the first grant the New Mexico Film Foundation has offered.

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