What makes a film independent? Is it working under a certain budget? An unknown director? A shaky camera? Or could it be the love of the art-form that drives a project?

We, at the ABQ Indie Film Festival, believe that independent cinema is a state of mind. It is ambitious, radical, thought-provoking filmmaking and it is, sadly, hard to come by. In an age of instant media gratification, we aim to re-create a nostalgic space for that state of mind. We bring quality independent cinema from all around the world to the Guild Cinema, the home of eclectic filmmaking in Albuquerque, NM.

Why New Mexico? Albuquerque, New Mexico, is no stranger to the movie industry. In fact, films have been produced in Albuquerque since the late 19th century. In addition to the perfect weather (310 days of sunshine!), talented production community and ability to double as nearly any U.S. location, the state of New Mexico offers some of the nation’s most aggressive financial incentives in the industry. As such, the state has become a popular place to produce movies and television shows. Come for the tax-cuts, stay for the aliens (Roswell!) and the Breaking Bad mementos!

As filmmakers and film professionals ourselves, we know how difficult and alienating it can be to try to break into the industry. This is why ABQ Indie Film Festival is all about building networks and a stronger community. Our festival is more than just a screening space - it is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and to bridge the gap between audiences and film creators from all around the world.

Our panel of international judges will select the best of the best and try to squeeze in as much high-quality indie cinema in one evening as they can. Featuring Q&A's with creators, networking sessions, and a welcoming atmosphere.

So submit your work and join us for an evening of once-in-a-lifetime cinematic experiences!
ABQ Indie Film Festival may be a first-timer, but we are ambitious and dedicated to growing this festival organically and respectfully to the craft.

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ABQ Indie Film Festival is run in association with Close:Up, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking. By establishing a working network among filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences.

The festival programmers will carefully select the films to be nominated for the following awards, and will create a selection of nominated films to be screened in front of a live audience at the Guild Cinema, NM. The winners will be announced at the event, on our website and on social media.

☀ ABQ Indie Film Festival proud to announce that we will be offering a range of prizes, including distribution packages, discounts and waivers for other film festivals, among other treats.

☀ In addition to this, all winners will receive award certificates and invitations for online distribution deals.

☀ All nominated films will receive official laurels.

☀ In addition to the usual fare, we also have a category celebrating local talent: Best New Mexico Production, which will be 1/2 entry for films made by local filmmakers. Please email the Festival Team with proof that your film is produced in New Mexico to receive the Password for this category! ☀

+ Nominations: All films nominated for every category.
Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.
Award Winners: Chosen from both the Nominations and the Official Selection.

+ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

+ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

+ All films must have been made in or after 2011.

+ By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at the Guild Cinema, NM.

+ The Official Selection will consist of the nominated films for awards. Some of these films will be selected for screening.

+ We may promote your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

+ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

+ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

+ We cannot provide refunds.

+ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

+ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

+ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never share your information with third parties.

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  • david baeumler

    A nice small indie fest with its heart in the right place. I wasn't able to attend, but from what I heard it was a cool space for filmmakers and audience to mix and share their love of film. Good communication with the festival.

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, David, for sharing your work with us and for your nice words!

  • It was an honor to have my film, FOREIGN, nominated for an award from this festival.

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Mark, for sharing your work with us!

  • Fernando Castro Sanguino

    Honored that we were nominated for Best Feature. Thankful and wishing them all the best !

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Castro!

  • GG Hawkins

    I wasn't able to make the screening but the ABQ IFF team was incredibly supportive and communicative throughout the process. Love what the festival stands for!

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your work with us, Grace!

  • Still in shock that Knee High received the award for Best Short Film. This festival was so communicative and prompt. They kept my team updated with screening info and networking opportunities. They were also super helpful when we had an extra representative decide to come (they reserved her a seat!). Gorgeous venue. Fun festival. Excited to see it grow. Submit your films!

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for sharing your work with us and for Michael's presence!