New Mexico Route 66 Film Fest

New Mexico Route 66 Film Fest invites filmmakers of all ages to capture one of the most photogenic and intriguing subjects in the world — The Mother Road!

Whiting Bros. Gas Station on Route 66 in Moriarty New Mexico

From “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Cars,” to “Easy Rider” and “Bagdad Café ” artists keep proving there’s alway another curve in the story of America’s greatest highway. Route 66 entices travelers of all nations with her rocky peaks and expansive valleys, as she strings together a collection of small towns standing in stark contrast to her iconic cities. Some discover their inner grit when challenged by her dusty, desert-wracked black top. Others marvel at her neon and motor courts as they travel to another era. What is certain, no one who travels America’s Main Street is left unchanged.

Join the ranks of John Ford, Peter Fonda, John Lassiter and Ridley Scott — a group as eclectic as the attractions along the Route — in translating the history, pathos and sheer lunacy of the road that settled the West.

New Mexico Route 66 Film Fest premieres as a spotlight event this September 28th when Moriarty, New Mexico, celebrates its sixty-sixth birthday on Route 66. The 120-minute features, 6-minute shorts and 66r’s (66-seconds) will be judged by Route 66 historians and film industry professionals which includes two-time Emmy Award winner Mike Abernathy. Screenings will take place in Moriarty’s beautiful 650-seat Performing Arts Center.

Link to Film Freeway for Rules, Terms Categories and Dates:

Awards & Prizes:

  • Best of the Fest: $500 
  • First Place each category: Trophy

Dates & Deadlines:

  • Regular Deadline; September 9, 2019
  • Notification Date; September 20, 2019
  • Event Date; September 28, 2019