“Best of Show” & All Submissions

Best of Show: “Wired: A Quarantine Story”

Best of Under 18 & Best of Show

Submitted by Jair Garcia

Best Family Film: “Les Misérables”

A family of 11 surviving the COVID-19 lock down.

Submitted by Lori Cleveland

Best Short Film: “Ring Ring”

A telephone collection becomes something more for an unsuspecting collector.

Submitted by David Salcido

Best Public Service Announcement: “Stay Connected”

This video will show you how to make the best times of quarantine and stay connected with your friends during this time.

Submitted by Ariana Mosley & Desiree Ramos

Best of Under 18 (Honorable Mention) – “The Light”

A girl is worried when coloured lights determine how much danger she’s in.

Submitted by Kendra van Doorn

“Just Around For You”

A crew of paranormal investigators research a case of a young man.

Submitted by Carlos Tejeda


“Le Hamlet Au Noir”

Hamlet is suspicious of his father’s death and how close his uncle Claudius and mother have become. Hamlet murdered Polonious by mistake, Claudius’ best friend and father to Hamlet’s girlfriend Ophelia. Despite the wishes from his best friend Horatio to flee, Hamlet decides to stay. Polonios’ son Laertes has just arrived and revenge is on his mind. The project was shot at home in Las Cruces NM, Albuquerque NM, Nanuet NY, Manchester UK, and Chennai India.

Submitted by Julian Alexander


“The Muffin”

Silent comedic family film about a brother and sister competing the last muffin.

Submitted by Alan Gomez

Family Film

“If Corona Was Coming”

This music video is a parody of “If The World Was Ending” By JP Saxe and Julia Michaels. I apologize if the music is off from the vocals, there was tech difficulties.

Submitted by Amelia Vescovo

Public Service Announcement

“Quarantine With Grandma”

A family is stuck in quarantine with grandma. They attempt to play Uno as a family.

Submitted by Michelle Yohan

Family Film

“The Rise of a New Rebellion”

After getting a hold of the plans to the Ultra Weapon that will be used to destroy a Rebel base, Bren Derlin, Rey and their crew must use the force and their friendship to destroy the weapon. Bren Derlin must also avenge his father’s death after learning his father’s secret.

Submitted by Jonas Moreno & German Moreno

Family Film

“Quarantine Slap-Jack”

Creative card games in the age of social distancing.

Submitted by Noah Reass


“Covid-19: Around The World”

Brief encounters of several individuals from around the world and how Covid 19 has impacted their life.

Submitted by Michelle Yohan

Public Service Announcement

“The Good, The Bad, and The Poopy”

A boy and his dog have a western style showdown over pooping in the yard after he cleans it up.

Submitted by Kristin Knight

Family Film

“The Right Choice”

Essential worker plans to visit family out of town amid the coronavirus outbreak. Despite warnings to stay home, he gets home from his job and begins packing to travel. Soon after, jis mother calls and tells him one of his elder relatives is being quarantined because she is suspected of having the virus . . . this leads the young man to a change of heart.

Submitted by Eddy Rodriguez

Public Service Announcement

“How About a Game”

A bored teenager plays a game with himself as he waits to play with his friend.

Submitted by Davin Lee


“Non Compos Mentis”

Submitted by Ashley Hoogenboom


“Getting Over rITch”

Submitted by Paulina Herrera & Daniel Herrera



A nonessential person gets beat up for trying to survive.

Submitted by Antonio Valles


“Sojourn New Mexico”

A short film about life under quarantine due to the Coronavirus pandemic in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Submitted by Cameron Kashani


Online Voting

Online voting has ended.


Are you ready to let your inner filmmaker out and shine? Film Las Cruces is excited to invite you to participate in the “At Home! Movie Contest” to have some fun and create some entertainment for your city and state. We have created three categories: best short film, best family video, and best public service announcement (PSA) on the benefits of social distancing in helping to stop the Coronavirus. Because we know that some of our most talented future filmmakers are young, we have also created an award for the best film from someone under 18 years old. While this contest is largely limited to residents of Dona Ana County, we have created a 2nd Best PSA winner for a resident of New Mexico outside of Dona Ana County.

The contest will start on Wednesday April 1 and run through April 30.  Online public voting for finalists will happen from April 28th to April 30th at 8 PM.

If you have any questions about the contest, please give us a call or email: 575-805-3456 // info@filmlascruces.com

Rules & Regulations

  1. Participants must create their video between April 1st-27th and not before the contest start date.
  2. Submissions will be accepted starting April 1st and end on April 27th.
  3. You may collaborate with other creatives, but it must be done remotely.
  4. Physical interactions can only be with team members that live in the same household.
  5. Team members must adhere to all federal/state government protocols regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.coronavirus.gov // https://cv.nmhealth.org
  6. Participants can submit multiple projects for consideration, but only one per category.
  7. Each person can only vote once for film finalists.
  8. Family members of Film Las Cruces staff or Board of Directors will not be considered for cash prizes.
  9. All projects must be submitted through FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/At-Home-Movie-Contest



  • Create a 3-5 minute short film. The film may be about any fiction or non fiction subject matter that is suitable for a wide audience including children. We encourage participants to get creative with their storytelling.


  • Create a 3-5 minute short film about any subject matter that is suitable for a wide audience including children. The film must involve all members of a family living in the same household, either as a cast member or crew.


  • The importance of social distancing – Participants in this category will create a 2-3 minute public service announcement about the importance of social distancing to lessen the impact of the Coronavirus.

Prizes & Judging

A $50 cash prize will be awarded to each category winner. All initial entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals to determine the winners. The winners from each category will then go on to an audience vote for “Best of Show.” The prize for “Best of Show” will be $50 cash.

Winning Categories Include:
Best Short Film
Best Family Film
Best PSA (Doña Ana County)
Best PSA (New Mexico)
Best of Under 18
Best of Show

Contestants will have 4 weeks to create their projects beginning April 1 through April 27. Submissions will open on April 1 and will close on April 27. The winners for each category will notified on April 28. Online voting for “Best of Show” will begin April 28 and end on April 30 at 8pm.

All projects must be submitted through FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/At-Home-Movie-Contest

Prizes sponsored by the Court Youth Center.