Short film set in Albuquerque wins Cinequest Film Festival

A Latina-led short film set in Albuquerque’s Martineztown has been flavoring film festivals across the nation—and could even be getting a taste of the Oscars. 

Directed by Jessica Mendez-Siqueiros and produced by Jenn Garcia with Hardline Films, “Pozole” is a dark comedy about a young woman who accidentally kills her grandmother on her 100th birthday. 

The film has already won Cinequest, an Academy Award-qualifying film festival. It’s the only U.S. film driven by Hispanic women to reach this level of praise.

Out of 100,000 short films made every year, only 100 qualify for Academy consideration. Pozole’s next step toward the Oscars is to be top ten in the short narrative category.

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