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Mission Statement
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival advances independent, innovative, and cutting edge cinema and brings 5 days of excellence in filmmaking to the inclusive and diverse community of Santa Fe, New Mexico.


50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2015

SFIFF has made the list of the top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for the third time in a row in Moviemaker Magazine.

"Enjoy a 'varied and unpretentious festival experience' (as festival director Liesette Paisner puts it) in this lively New Mexico town. Panels and workshops allow close interaction with local celebrities like George R. R. Martin and Wes Studi--and with many returning alumni, whose submission fees are waived."


2015 Lifetime Achievement Awardee:
Gena Rowlands

Best Documentary Feature:
Babushkas of Chernobyl directed by Holly Morris &
Anne Bogart

Best Narrative Feature:
Mekko directed by Sterlin Harjo

Best Short Documentary:
Luchadora directed by River Finlay

Best Short Narrative:
Love Is Blind directed by Dan Hodgson

Gena Rowlands to accept 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

Gena Rowlands to accept 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will honor Gena Rowlands at this year's festival. The legendary actress will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 17. The ceremony will be followed by a screening of the 1974 film A Woman Under the Influence. She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 1975 for the role.

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Partial funding provided by the City of Santa Fe 1% Lodgers Tax

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