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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 10th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, October 17th-21st, 2018 dubbed "a young Sundance" by indieWire, and "an all-inclusive resort for cinephiles" by Filmmaker Magazine. SFIFF is not only the most attended film event in the area, it is now a top regional fest on the circuit. The Fest creates a hub for film in Santa Fe for a unique and unpretentious festival experience. SFIFF promotes emerging and established filmmakers by screening features and shorts in the beautiful and unassuming setting of downtown Santa Fe. Artists can let their guard down, and feel free to network every evening at a different venue, where they can at once enjoy our festival nightlife and create lasting professional connections. Santa Fe is now one of the greatest theater cities on earth with the newly opened 11 screen Violet Crown, George RR Martin's Jean Cocteau Cinema, the historic Lensic Theater, The Screen, and the Center for Contemporary Arts.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF), October 17th-21st, 2018 advances independent, innovative, and cutting-edge cinema and brings 5 days of excellence in filmmaking to the inclusive and diverse community of Santa Fe, New Mexico. In April 2017 the Festival was named one of Moviemaker Magazine's "50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" for the fourth consecutive year.

During the 8th Annual festival, SFIFF honored screen legend Jacqueline Bisset with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Jay Roach (Trumbo) with the American Filmmaker Award. This past year for the 9th Annual Festival, the festival honored John Sayles and Maggie Renzi with the Lifetime Achievement Award, writer N. Scott Momaday was presented SFIFF's Lifetime Achievement Award by Robert Redford and welcomed our returning guests John Waters, Chris Eyre, George R.R. Martin, and Wes Studi. SFIFF featured a screening and Q&A with Ethan Hawke, screened over 100 films, and hosted panels with visiting filmmakers.

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


Office Phone: (505) 349.1414

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