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Networking fair for film occupations on Thursday in ABQ

IMAGE COURTESY NICOLE WILDER/AMC/SONY Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo “Gus” Fring- Better Call Saul Season 4, Episode 6 .

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Interested students and professionals can network with film and media instructors from programs around New Mexico at an open house Thursday, a Thursday, the day before the annual Film and Media Industry Conference in Albuquerque.

The free event is set for 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras NW and is open to the public, organizers said in a news release.

“Giving New Mexico residents and students access to film educators and the unions that work with the film industry here is a vital part of helping to connect our residents with the tools they need to work in our thriving entertainment industry,” said Todd Christensen, New Mexico Film Office Director in a statement.

Representatives from Santa Fe Community College, Dona Ana Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, University of New Mexico, Taos Digital Media Arts, IATSE Local 480, SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters Local 492, plan to be present.

The colleges offer opportunities for higher learning in film-related fields.

For example:

• SFCC’S film department, for example, offers two options for associate degrees and five certificate programs;

• DACC offers a certificate in Creative Digital Technology, which includes a film crew class.

These associate degrees and certificates are accepted as credits toward most bachelor degree requirements for those who wish to continue studies, organizers said.

Union reps will be on hand to talk about requirements to get into the organizations. SAG-AFTRA, for instance, represents actors, IATSE Local 480 represents a majority of the crew positions, and Teamsters Local 492 cover drivers and wranglers.

The annual New Mexico Film and Media Industry Conference, Aug. 9 and 10, offers many film-related opportunities to choose from, including make-up, wardrobe, locations, art, electric, accounting, social media, travel, payroll, casting, and much more.

A full schedule of workshops can be found at 2019/07/2019-Schedule-1.pdf.

Tickets for the conference are on sale now $55 for students and $75 for regular admission through Aug. 7. Prices will increase to $75 for students and $95 for regular admission on Aug. 8.

Register online at


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