Recognized with the Arts Innovator Award at the 2021 Santa Fe Mayor’s Arts Awards, the 14th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival takes place October 19th-23rd, 2022. Dubbed “an all-inclusive resort for cinephiles” by Filmmaker Magazine and “a young Sundance” by indieWire, SFiFF is a creative center for film in Santa Fe, allowing filmmakers to connect with industry and distributors. SFiFF showcases emerging and established filmmakers by screening features and shorts in one of the greatest art cities in the world. SFiFF provides over 100k in cash and prizes, filmmaker travel, juried awards, and all-access passes to the festival. Santa Fe is now one of the greatest theater cities on earth with the 11 screen Violet Crown, George R.R. Martin’s Jean Cocteau, the historic Lensic theater, and the Center for Contemporary Arts. SFiFF is the longest continually running film festival in New Mexico, and in 2013 was named one of Moviemaker Magazine's "coolest Film Festivals on the Planet"

"SFiFF is New Mexico's foremost attraction for cinephiles" -Pasatiempo Magazine

Recent guests have included Oliver Stone, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Redford, Gena Rowlands, Ethan Hawke, Wes Studi, Jay Roach, Ali MacGraw, Jacqueline Bisset, Tantoo Cardinal, and John Sayles.

Feature Film Categories : Narrative, Animated, Documentary, Experimental, Indigenous, Student, New Mexico and International.
Short Film Categories (under 45 minutes): Narrative, Animated, Documentary, Experimental, Indigenous, Student, New Mexico and International.

Mission
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFiFF) is the premiere forum for international and independent cinema in the area. Focusing on artistic excellence, SFiFF serves as a creative center for film year-round, and as a presentation of the year's top films each October. SFiFF provides professional opportunities for artists, and unmatched audience participation in the world’s greatest little film city.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival provides over 100k in cash and prizes. 2022 SFiFF winners will receive:
• Narrative Feature Award presented by Panavision: Includes camera package courtesy of Panavision valued at $60,000, a post-production package from Light Iron valued at $30,000, and $1,000 cash prize from the Santa Fe Film Institute.
• Best Documentary Feature: $1,000 cash prize from the Santa Fe Film Institute.
• Best Narrative Short: Includes camera package courtesy of Panavision valued at  $15,000, and $500 cash prize from the Santa Fe Film Institute.
• Best Documentary Short: $500 cash prize from the Santa Fe Film Institute.
• Best New Mexico Short: $500 cash prize from the Santa Fe Film Institute.

All award winners receive a special artisan-made SFiFF Statue Award.

Non-Cash Awards:
Audience Choice Best Narrative Feature
Audience Choice Best Documentary Feature
Audience Choice Best Short
Best New Mexico Narrative Feature
Best New Mexico Documentary Feature
Best Experimental Short
Best Animated Short

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR 2022 SUBMISSIONS

The following is an explanation of the Rules and Guidelines governing film submissions to the 2022 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Compliance with these Rules and Guidelines is necessary in order to participate in the Film Festival. Submission of a film implies unconditional acceptance of the Rules & Guidelines, therefore, please carefully read through the Rules prior to submitting your film. If you have any questions, please contact the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival: contact@santafeiff.com or 505-397-0371.

1. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival accepts submissions for films in the following categories:

Features Films: Narrative, Animated, Documentary, Experimental, Indigenous, Student, New Mexico, and International.
Shorts Films (under 45 minutes): Narrative, Animated, Documentary, Experimental, Indigenous, Student, New Mexico, and International.

2. The Entrant/s submitting the film must hold all legal rights for the submission, as well as all necessary clearances for public exhibition.

3. The Filmmaker/s retain/s all submission and intellectual property rights.

4. New Mexico Premiere is required in most cases. Please contact SFiFF office with any questions.

5. Films may be submitted electronically via FilmFreeway OR mail a completed submission form and correct entry fee with a Vimeo link and password.

6. The Filmmaker/s is/are responsible for making sure all submission materials are submitted by the submission deadline indicated. If your film does not arrive or is not uploaded by the deadline for which you have registered, you may be required to pay the higher submission fee or withdrawn.

7. The following concerns submission deadlines and submission fees. Note, the deadlines are not the postmark dates, but the dates by which the submission must be in the SFiFF office or registered with FilmFreeway. Each submission must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Submission fees are in are U.S. Dollars per submission and is non-refundable. These fees may be paid by check, cashier’s check, money order, or by Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) made payable to: Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Cash is not accepted.

8. If a film received 50% or more of its funding from sources outside of the United States, the film can only be submitted as an International Film. If a film received 50% or more of its funding from sources within the United States, the film can only be submitted as a Domestic Film.

9. Subtitles must be in English.

10. Please test your media prior to submission to make sure they run properly and are not damaged. Please keep screener links and passwords up-to-date and notify the SFiFF office promptly with any changes.

11. Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film for the Festival provided that each film is submitted separately and meet SFiFF guidelines.

12. Filmmakers are allowed to re-submit a film that was previously submitted provided significant changes were made and all eligibility requirements are met. When re-submitting the film, include a brief letter detailing the changes made.

13. A student submitting a film must provide a photocopy of a current and valid student ID or a letter from his/her school verifying enrollment.

14. If you would like your materials returned after the festival, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

15. Entrants may contact the SFiFF to find out if the Festival received the submission: jena@santafeindependent.com or (505) 397-0371. Filmmakers submitting through FilmFreeway can check their status through the website.

16. The Filmmaker is responsible for all inbound shipping costs, domestic or international.

17. All personal contact information is to remain confidential and not to be shared with any third parties.

18. SFiFF reserves the right to use images from films selected in the Festival for marketing purposes.

19. All decisions regarding award winners are considered final and incontestable.

20. All films submitted must have been completed between September 2020 and 2022.

21. Applicants acknowledge that SFiFF reserves the right to change the nature of screenings and events due to circumstances related to public health and welfare or at the direction of local, state, or federal authorities. In such cases, no submission refunds shall be issued.

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  • Paul Arsenanault

    Great festival, thanks for having me! Everyone was super helpful and supportive and the films were fantastic!

    November 2021
  • Lava G. Khonsuwon

    Just WOW!! Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was such an amazing experience. I was floored to attend a SOLD OUT premiere for my short film! SFiFF was extremely organized, had fantastic communication, great events, awesome film maker swag bag and incredible films. For my panel experience, we had another great turn out and the panel was lead by a very engaging and thoughtful host. I could go on and on how awesome this festival was. I plan to submit future projects to SFiFF and highly recommend other filmmakers to do so as well. I feel so honored to have premiered my short CHARLIE at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. SFiFF is a top notch film festival. THANK YOU SFIFF!!!

    November 2021
  • We were very impressed with the professionalism of SFIFF across the board. They have wonderful theaters for the screenings, the mixer events were all classy and charming, and the organizers were all lovely. We look forward to submitting again in the future. Cheers!

    November 2021
  • I was very pleased with my experience even though i was not able to attend the festival. I was honored with a great award. Would like to thank all the organizers.

    October 2021
  • Mark Pedri

    Great program with tons of filmmakers attending screenings. Santa Fe is also a great town for a film festival. Best swag bag I've ever gotten at a festival!

    October 2021