From Oct. 18, 2017 until Oct. 22, 2017
SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR 2017 SUBMISSIONS
The following is an explanation of the Rules and Guidelines governing the submissions of a film to the 2017 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 our Submission Coordinator, Jena Braziel: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-505-349-1414.
1. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival accepts submissions for films in the following categories: Animated, Documentary, Experimental, International, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short (under 45 minutes), Indigenous, New Mexican, and Student Film.
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. Films may be submitted electronically via reelport (beta.reelport.com)
5. The Filmmaker/s is/are responsible for making sure all submission material are submitted by the submission deadline indicated. If your film is not uploaded by the deadline for which you have registered, you may be required to pay the higher submission fee or withdrawn.
6. The following concerns submission deadlines and submission fees. Submissions open January 17, 2017. Note, the deadlines are the postmark dates or the dates by which the film must be registered with reelport.
7. Each submission must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Submission fees are per submission and is non-refundable.
8. If a film received 50% or more of it’s funding from sources outside of the United States or originates outside the United States, the film can only be submitted as an International Film. If a film received 50% or more of it’s funding from sources within the United States, the film can only be submitted as a Domestic Film.
9. All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Non-English language films without subtitles will not be considered.
10. New Mexico Premiere is not required but the programing team may consider a films local premiere status when making final decisions.
11. Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film for the Festival provided that each film is submitted separately and meet Santa Fe IFF guidelines.
12. Filmmakers are allowed to resubmit 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. Filmmakers can check their status through the website.
15. Only complete entries (entry form, payment) will be processed.
16. The Filmmaker is responsible for all 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. The SFIFF panel of judges will judge all films, with the exception of the Audience Choice Awards. All decisions regarding award winners are considered final and incontestable.
20. Digital press kits only unless otherwise specified.
This Festival was founded in 2009
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was named Moviemaker Magazine's "50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014, 2015 & 2016".
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is invested in Santa Fe as a destination for film. Bringing cutting edge programming, the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico and Student films, and masters discussions with visiting artists and professionals in their field, all in the setting of downtown Santa Fe.
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 Gene 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.
• In 2016, over 100 screenings of films, discussions with filmmakers, Filmmaker Brunch, VIP Gallery Receptions and five after parties.
• Narratives, documentaries, shorts, and animated film submissions are all considered.
• 2016 included 5 local art house theaters.
• 2016 included over 10,000 attendees.
• 2016 Special guests included Jacqueline Bisset (Day for Night, Dancing On the Edge), Jay Roach (Trumbo, Austin Powers), Pen Densham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), Lee Daniel (Cinematographer Boyhood), Wes Studi (Avatar, Last of the Mohicans), Gary Farmer (Dead Man, PowWow Highway) and Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals).
• Special Events include: Discussions with film professionals, parties at the hottest venues in Downtown Santa Fe, and many more.
Submission Deadlines and Submission Fees
Note, the deadlines are the postmark dates or the dates by which the film must be registered with Filmfreeway. Submissions Open January 17, 2017.
●Early Deadline: March 1, 2017
● Regular Deadline: May 1, 2017
● Late Deadline: July 3, 2017
● Final Deadline: August 1, 2017