The Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) in collaboration with

Visit Las Cruces proudly announces the launch of the "Visit Las Cruces Stories" 2nd annual video

contest. This exciting initiative invites the public to participate in sharing the rich folklore of Las Cruces

through compelling 3–5-minute video submissions.

Inspired by the likes of Chupacabra, La Llorona, and other captivating tales such as the Haunting of the

Dona Ana Courthouse, the Double Eagle Murder and Haunting, the History behind Ft. Selden, Pat

Garrett’s mysterious death, and The Hermit of La Cueva, participants are encouraged to delve into the

unique narratives that define Las Cruces.

Submission Details

The call for entries opens on December 16, 2023, and closes on February 28, 2024. Submissions can be

made on FilmFreeway, and detailed guidelines can be found at

Ross Marks, Executive Director of LCIFF, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "At the heart of every

community are the storytellers. Those that share the human experience and what their community

represents. Las Cruces has many great storytellers. We are excited to give them this platform to tell their

Las Cruces Story using the world's most powerful and effective medium—film!"

Awards and Prizes

The top three entries will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively, along with

LCIFF 2024 VIP tickets. Winning submissions will be showcased before each screening during the 2024

Las Cruces International Film Festival.

Rochelle Miller-Hernandez, Executive Director of Visit Las Cruces, emphasized the significance of the

contest, stating, "Every city has a story, but who says Las Cruces only has to have one? This year’s Visit

Las Cruces Stories contest highlights the unique tales and folklore that invoke our vibrant culture and

community. We challenge filmmakers to use their creativity to bring these stories to life and entice

visitors to include Las Cruces on their must-see bucket list. We are excited to see this year’s entries!"

Complete Details

For comprehensive details on image and video formats, entry forms, submission guidelines, and
exhibition information, please visit