The Tamalewood Award for the Best New Mexico Filmmaker

proudly sponsored by Tamalewood, LLC presented at the Santa Fe Film Festival


  • 2008 Tamalewood Award Winner:  Brandon Schmid for Taos

  • 2007 Tamalewood Award Winner:  Billy Garberina for Necroville

  • 2006 Tamalewood Award Winner:  Robert M. Kelly for Borderlands

December 9, 2006 marked the presentation of the first annual Tamalewood Award for the Best New Mexico Filmmaker.  Tamalewood, LLC is proud to sponsor this award.  Presented at the annual Santa Fe Film Festival, it goes to the filmmaker judged to be the best New Mexico talent for the year.  For more details about the Film Festival, click the link above, or to submit a film for consideration at the Festival, click here.
The award itself is a star-shaped column, made of Nambe metal and crafted by artists at Nambe.
About Tamalewood 4 Articles
W elcome! to the official “T A M ALEWOOD” website! I am a native New Mexican dedicated and supportive of New Mexico media. As a graduate of the Film Technicians Training Program at Santa Fe Community College and a member of IATSE Local 480 I have worked on major area productions for many years. I first coined the term " Tamalewood" while working on an indie project in northern New Mexico. I have this on-going dedication to the inspiration, and the development of my "Tamalewood' into all aspects of the film industry, and created the annual Tamalewood award starting from 2006 at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Tamalewood remains my copyrighted and legal trademark since the fall of 2005. It has proved a journey developing my trademark through quality products and service. My life has been filled with the finest skilled technicians in New Mexico, and of whom I am honored to be surrounded. All the best! Leonard J. Sanchez CEO T amalewood R