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Mission Statement

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival invests in the advancement of independent, innovative, and cutting edge cinema bringing 5 days of excellence in filmmaking to the inclusive and diverse community of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Festival History

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival began in 2009 as a fringe festival that took place in a community center. By 2011 it was the biggest event of its kind in New Mexico, screening over 100 films during a 5 day Fest. The 2011 festival honored Academy Award Nominee Kirby Dick (Invisible War), Tony Mark (The Hurt Locker) and unit production manager Alton Walpole (Crazy Heart). The 2012 festival honored Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, Skins), Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Me, Ultima), and Judy Blume (Tiger Eyes) and included two sold out screenings at the Lensic Performing Arts Center and a Red Carpet event. The festival also organized a historic filmmakers brunch, bringing industry professionals and local filmmakers together for a discourse on the future of filmmaking in New Mexico. At the 2013 festival honorees included Wes Studi (Avatar) and John Waters (Hairspray).The 2014 festival hosted over 10,000 attendees and presented lifetime achievement awards to Shirley MacLaine and George RR Martin. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was recognized nationally by IndieWire Magazine as "a young Sundance". Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has grown from humble beginnings to becoming one of the top annual events in New Mexico and has effectively extended the tourism season in Santa Fe into late October. In November 2013 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was named one of Moviemaker Magazine's 25 Coolest General Film Festivals on the planet. In April 2014 the Festival was named Moviemaker Magazine's 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014. In addition to the annual Festival, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival now hosts screenings throughout the year including a free outdoor community screening every summer as part of the annual summer series "Festival de Santa Fe". The 2015 festival presented Gena Rowlands with a lifetime achievement award during A Tribute to Gena Rowlands at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. In 2016 SFIFF presented Jacqueline Bisset with a lifetime achievement achievement award and Jay Roach with an American filmmaker award.

Our Team

Advisory Board


"What makes community? The Santa Fe Independent Film Fest is answering this on many fronts, fostering a nurturing yet challenging attitude for filmmakers and audiences alike, while bringing together diverse constituents from all over. It's an embracing family affair, always both inclusive and expansive, sharply aware of where we are now, and exploring both the where and the how we will get there in the future."

-Ted Hope, Head of Production for Amazon Original Movies

"a young Sundance"

-Indiewire Magazine

"An all inclusive resort for cinephiles..."

-Filmmaker Magazine

"Thanks to the entire SFIFF for an amazing experience and fellowship among filmmakers, audiences, arts and friends!! Bravo!"

-Chris Eyre, Director of Smoke Signals, Skins, and Hideaway

"We are indie and we are New Mexican!"

-Wes Studi, Last of the Mohicans, Avatar, and Geronimo

"Bringing the community together."

-Slant Magazine

Contact Us


Box Office Phone: (505) 469.9983

Office Phone: (505) 349.1414

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
418 Montezuma Suite 22
Santa Fe, NM 87501