Taos Shortz Film Fest this weekend

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More than 120 films from 22 countries will be showcased at the 7th annual Taos Short Film Fest this weekend in Taos. Along with a chance to meet industry professionals, the Taos Shortz Film Fest includes networking parties, panel discussions, awards ceremonies and a chance to see the best short films including those made by New Mexicans, which will be featured in the Tamalewood Zia Showcase and the “Locals” Program 1.
“Whether you are a devoted fan of Taos Shortz, or a newcomer to the festival, these short films will take you on an emotional journey through time and space,” said executive director of Taos Short Film Fest, Anna Cosentine. “This year, we have an incredible line up of ‘shortz’ not only from New Mexicans, but American and international filmmakers throughout the world — so we’re excited not only showcase these films, but to showcase Taos as well.”
The films will be divided into several programs over the course of four days. 
For more information about Taos Shortz Film Fest and a detailed list of the programs, prices and films showing, visit taosshortz.com and anna@taosshortz.com.
Sunday, a Tamalewood Mixer is scheduled from 4–6 p.m. at the Geraint Smith Photo Gallery where filmmakers, festival goers and the public can mingle with industry professionals. At 6 p.m., find out which filmmaker will receive the New Mexican Zia Award; the coveted People’s Choice award; and “Best of the Fest” award for best film in each category. Tickets for the “Best of the Fest” award ceremony are $15 per person.
Special panel discussions will be offered on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday from 2:30–4 p.m. award winning filmmaker David Jean Schweitzer, along with representatives from gear supply houses, will showcase the latest film equipment and demonstrate the ins and outs of quality filmmaking. The “Tech Talks” panel discussion will be held at Salon X, located at 212 Kit Carson Road in Taos.
Then on from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, industry insiders Wendy Shuey, Jason Moscartolo, and Laura Goldhamer will share everything from songwriting, to copyright laws to creating audio on the spot for post-production editing. The discussion will be at Wilder Nightingale Gallery, 119 Kit Carson Road in Taos. Panel discussions are free.
Student group passes and comps are available by emailing info@taosshortz.com. The Taos Hmmmm Pass allows access to all 12 Taos Shortz programs including the “Best of the Fest” awards ceremony and entry into the filmmakers lounge, along with perks such as priority seating, drink specials, and VIP treatment. The Taos Hmmm pass is $111 per person and can be purchased online at taosshortz.com or at FX 18 and La Bodega Fresca. All tickets can be purchased online at taosshortz.com/NEWSITE/Tickets.html.
Oscar-nominated short films will be shown starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Harwood Museum of Art. Tickets are $8 for general admission or $6 for members, and can be purchased at the Harwood Museum of Art. Call 575-758-9826 for more information or visit harwoodmuseum.org.