The Santa Fe Film Festival is a 10-day celebration of the best in cinematic arts, the 22nd Annual Santa Fe Film Festival will run February 3rd-13th, 2022 with a program of over 100 screenings, panels, juried awards, workshops, and parties.

This year, the festival will continue to be a part of Film Week in Santa Fe which brings a large variety of attendees from the industry, local and regional businesses, and even our legislators.

Long before New Mexico received statehood, artists have found our diverse landscapes, light, and culture integral for sharing their stories.

New Mexico has been a key part of filmmaking since the first ‘short film’ entitled “Indian Day School” was shot by a crew sent by Thomas Edison in 1898. Filmmakers found that shooting in the light in our state added more drama, depth, and atmosphere to the story.

With a rich history in film, it’s not surprising that over 300 feature films from Westerns to Action genres and everything in between have been shot here since 1911. Select titles include 3:10 to Yuma, The Astronaut Farmer, Silverado, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Grapes of Wrath, Red Dawn, Independence Day, Young Guns, and Wild Wild West.

In the 1920s, Film Festivals became popular with independent filmmakers as an alternative to Hollywood-controlled theaters, allowing them to share their important stories from documentaries to avant-garde films; allowing them to show their work to audiences, film distributors, critics, and fans.

The Santa Fe Film Festival’s beginnings started to grow organically forty years ago with an off-shoot from a festival in the region creating a “New Directors/New Film” program in partnership with MOMA (NYC) which attracted many notable Hollywood directors and film stars. From this start as a hub for celebrating filmmakers, the Santa Fe Film Festival was officially created in 1999 as a nonprofit and awarded “The Cider House Rules” as the first Best Feature.

Over the years, the Santa Fe Film Festival has garnered international industry acclaim receiving submissions from all over the globe by bringing together distinguished industry professionals and film-lovers alike with the diverse categories of cinema. We welcome you to join us.

Come experience the beauty of Santa Fe's culture and outdoors (skiing, hiking, biking, etc) and join us for our upcoming celebration of cinematic arts.

2021 Santa Fe Film Festival Award Winners

Best Picture
(All films qualify)

The Big Ugly
In Sync
Dog Dreams
NEUL未知ND (The Unknown)
Alma’s Pond
Submission Tape

(All films qualify)
The Horror Crowd

The Garage
Under the Lights
DeLorean – Living the Dream
In Sync

Best Story
(All films qualify)
DeLorean – Living the Dream

In Your Arms Tonight
Black Heart, Red Hands
Man of Joy (Narrative Short)

Best Short
(All films under 40 minutes qualify)

The Woman Under The Tree
Let the World go on Sleeping
Variant U
The Tragic Tale of Willis Wilde

Best Feature
(All films over 40 minutes qualify)
Broken Gaiete*

Saving Beauty: Learning to Live with the Rare Ones Among Us
Parallel Minds
Secret Agent Dingledorf and His Trusty Dog Splat

Best Film Experience
(All films qualify)

Brief Survey
Is That You, Joe?
An Object of Merit
Rowing for Gold
The Awakeover

Best Documentary
(Must interpret factual material)
Stand Up Stand Out: The Making of a Comedy Movement

A Night in the Shelter
We Are All In This Together
Growing Solutions
Shepherd’s Song
In the Same Direction: Jeff Pifher & Socrates’ Trial

Best Performance
(On screen talent – All narratives qualify)
The Garage

Spin Cycle
Crab Bucket
Frankie and Jude: Star Wars – The Search for Jude
The Evil I’ve Seen

Best Cinematography
(All films qualify)
Under the Lights

The Appointment
Thought I Lost You

Best Music in Film
(Soundtrack – All films qualify)
Knock Knock

Chicos: A Northern New Mexican Tradition
Sofa So Good

Best International Film
(Must be made outside the US)

Let Be
The Scent

Best Animated Film
(Must be at least partially animated)

The Winter
Sea Critter
Malady of Mine (short)
Instants of Cindy Sherman
Incubation Period

Spotlight on New Mexico
(Films all or partially made in New Mexico)
Overturned Bucket

Photo Op
Halftrack To Hell
Seven Arrows “Juvy Cowboys”
Still In My Heart

Sisters of Cinema Award
(2 of the 3 principles must identify as a woman. 1. Writer 2. Director 3. Producer)
Player One

April Kills The Vibe
Hung Up
The Hideaway

Best Music Video
(Must integrate a song or album with imagery)
Jabee “Hope”

Adult Children Part II
Incubation Period
Lost Lula
Make Me
Pas de Deux
Wild Animals

Best of Native Cinema
(Story must resemble Indigenous culture in some way)
EARL BISS – The Spirit Who Walks Among His People

Yupkӧyvi – The Place Beyond the Horizon
Inner Self
One Word Sawalmem
Bad River
Only the Earth and the Mountains

Best of Latin Ciné
(Story must resemble the Latin culture in some way)

From Heaven is Cali
El Viaje
Food of Love…a Trilogy
Para Todo Mal…Para Todo Bien
Sana, Sana… Un Dicho

Best of Afro Cinema
(Story must resemble the Afro Cinematic culture in some way)

White Gold
Adult Children Part II
Black & White
Honor Among Thieves

Best of LGBTQ+
(Story must resemble the LGBTQ+ culture in some way)
Jesse James

62-84, I Didn’t Copy That, HQ
Show Me Yours…
The Audience
Uncle Zsiga
Stand Up Stand Out: The Making of a Comedy Movement

1. The submitted film must be the original work of the Filmmaker.

2. 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.

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

4. The Festival cannot provide feedback and/or additional correspondence to films that are NOT selected.

5. In order to qualify as an International Film, more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of the United States or the film must be primarily shot outside of the US. Qualification for this category is at the discretion of the festival.*


1. I, the representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal to Santa Fe Film Festival (SFFF or Festival):

2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.

3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.

4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the Festival's presentation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and me. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival or the official sponsors of the Festival because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.

5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Santa Fe Film Festival, the affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities of each, and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, advisers and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Festival.

6. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from the Film for promotional purposes and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.

7. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of New Mexico and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of Santa Fe in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.

8. I acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules and regulations for submitting a film to the Festival, located at

9. By submitting the Film, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by Santa Fe Film Festival. Filmmaker grants the Santa Fe Film Festival the right to use a clip or clips from the film or any press materials submitted for publicity and promotional purposes.

10. For accepted titles, the Festival should receive the exhibition print no later than January 7, 2021. The filmmaker is responsible for the expense of shipping their exhibition print to the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • I very much enjoyed the festival although I was only able to attend virtually due to the pandemic, and I was honored that my short film, Myosotis Love, was selected as a finalist.

    April 2021
  • We've been fortunate enough to be very successful with our animated short Metro6. That being said we've have been a part of enough festivals to see that Santa Fe is special.

    Santa Fe Film Festival team does absolutely everything in their power to not only make their festival the best experience for attendees, but also for film makers. A true honor to be a part of it, I hope to be lucky enough to participate again in their festival with future films.

    March 2021
  • Prashant Thakker

    It has been a difficult time to produce a festival, yet Santa Fe did an awesome job bringing the event on-line. Thank you, NaNi Rivera and the entire team for including our short, The Woman Under The Tree as a runner up at your 2021 festival. Look forward to attending in person!

    March 2021
  • A wonderfully curated festival, which takes great care of the filmmakers and even during Covid-19 has a Class A communications department. It was a pleasure to be part of the Santa Fe Film Festival

    March 2021
  • Ruben Pla

    Great festival and great people. I really enjoyed my experience with them and the way they handled our documentary film, THE HORROR CROWD...which was given the Best Director Award! Nani is a delight to deal with, runs the festival smoothly, and answered all questions immediately, and Aaryon was a fantastic host during the award show.

    March 2021