The Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) celebrates independent film-making from around the globe in the majestic Southwestern town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The festival strives to bring the best in narrative features, documentaries, short subjects, animation and foreign language films in all genres to its indie audience. It provides a rich educational opportunity to filmmakers, students and the general public alike through its on-site workshops, panel discussions and seminars.

The 4th Annual festival features five days of independent films: February 19th - February 23rd, 2020.

Now celebrating its 5th season, the Las Cruces International Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best in independent film to its ever-growing audience of indie film lovers. From features to documentaries, short subjects to animation, and an impressive lineup of foreign films, the Festival screens more than 80 films at the state-of-the-art Allen Theatres Cineport 10, located in beautiful Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Each year the festival will honor multiple well-known film industry professionals. In the past, the festival has honored George Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Kathleen Quinlan, Beverly D'Angelo, Zoe Perry, Cybill Shepherd, Pam Grier, Ralph Bakshi, Billy Boyd, RJ Mitte, Brendan Fraser, Johnny Galecki, Jon Heder, Val Kilmer, Jeffrey Tambor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Danny Trejo.

The festival will screen top-notch independent feature films, documentaries, animated shorts, narrative shorts, music videos, and student films.

We put our filmmakers first!

Accepted films will have access to multiple red carpet events, VIP after-parties, and networking events throughout the run of the festival.

By participating in this festival, filmmakers will get the chance to see their films in a world-class screening venue with audiences from all over Southern New Mexico and the greater Southwest. They will experience the picturesque town of Las Cruces, and the friendly people that love film. Have the opportunity to attend workshops from industry professionals.

The Las Cruces International Film Festival awards:

Grand Jury
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best Music Video

Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography

Audience Choice

We ask that all entrants submit their films through Filmfreeway.com

We understand how fees can add up for film makers. We also understand that a not-for-profit film festival needs to stay in business. As a courtesy, Fee Waivers will be granted to filmmakers IF you have had one of your films selected for the Las Cruces International Film Festival in the past. Otherwise, WE DO NOT GRANT FEE WAIVERS. Please refrain from requesting one.

Filmmaker submitting hereby attests that he/she is fully empowered to authorize public screening(s) and the promotion of such screenings and, by being selected to this festival agrees to the provisions outlined below:

- Filmmaker will not submit industrial or instructional works.

- For films selected, filmmaker will provide press kit, photographs, trailer (if available) and promotional materials requested by the Las Cruces International Film Festival for use at its discretion in promoting the film festival and its activities.

-For films selected, filmmaker will provide their film in the form of a Digital Cinema Package, Blu Ray, and Pro Res Backup file for screening. (All materials will be returned to the filmmaker after the festival)

- Scheduling of screenings of the Film is at the discretion of the Las Cruces International Film Festival.

- Filmmaker’s representative shall make best efforts to attend the film’s screening, and participate in question-and-answer session with audience following screenings.

- By submitting, and if selected, Filmmaker gives permission to Las Cruces International Film Festival to screen submitted film, during the festival's 4th annual run, in a public forum.

- Foreign language films must have subtitles in English.

Films completed prior to March 2016 are ineligible.

For entries into the Student category, the school where the project was produced must be mentioned within credits.

Participation in the Las Cruces International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of festival regulations.

Overall Rating
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Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Cautiva y Desarmada

    The LCIFF team was really top-notch in regards to communication.

    March 2019
  • Marshal Davis

    Had a great time, large audiences, informative panels, and fun after parties each night. Worth the submission fee, and worth the travel!

    April 2018
  • I highly recommend submitting to the Las Cruces Film Festival, and if your film is selected, make sure you attend! You're greeted with a catered party every night, the films screen in a nice theater, and your hotel room is paid for! The town itself is lovely as well, there are a ton of local activities/sights to see. I met so many filmmakers at the festival who have become friends, I plan on submitting all of my future shorts to them!

    April 2018
  • A festival that truly brings excellent filmmakers and their films to the up and coming generations. Loved having middle and high school arts students at my screening! High quality of films, the community supports the festival, the hospitality was top-notch and the special guests were STELLAR! So easy to get around, no hassle, and so much access to filmmakers and connection.

    April 2018
  • Jorge Barboza

    This was an amazing experience! A must go for any filmmaker, and for sure included in my list for future projects. My congratulations to all the team that makes this festival possible.

    March 2018