Santa Fe Indie Movie Will Be In Person In 2021 |

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As New Mexico prepares for a 100% reopening date of July 1, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival announced today that it will be returning to in-person events for its 13th year coming October 13-17.

“We are delighted to be back with the films, the parties and the discussions with the filmmakers,” festival artistic director Jacques Paisner told SFR. “We will screen at Lensic, Jean Cocteau, Violet Crown, the [Center for Contemporary Arts]– we’re back in theaters and that’s what’s important to us.

Like everything else in 2020, the Independent Film Festival has moved to an online model. In Santa Fe, however, last year’s opening of the Motorama drive-in allowed for some in-person screenings, such as director Alex Winter’s Frank Zappa documentary, but Paisner says there’s no comparison to seeing a film in a theater with an audience.

“I think we had an interesting year last year,” he says, “but this year we plan to come back in full, and the essence of the festival is that it’s a celebration in anybody.”

During the pandemic, Paisner, festival executive director/co-founder Liesette Paisner Bailey and beloved New Mexico actor Gary Farmer (Smoke Signals, Blood Quantum; Cayuga Six Nations) also began hosting the Weekly Movie Talk radio show and podcast via Hutton Broadcasting santafe.com. The show airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. on Talk stations 1260 and 103.7 KTRC, as well as santafe.com itself, and Paisner says there will definitely be opportunities for the festival and the program to intertwine. .

In the meantime, the submission window for filmmakers is still open until July 16, and Paisner says he and Paisner Bailey are starting to work their way through the many films they’ve already received.

“We’re back to similar numbers to 2019,” he notes, “and we could get even more, we’ll know in a few weeks.”

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was founded in 2008 and has since grown into one of the major festivals in the Southwest. Each year, the festival and its non-profit arm, the Santa Fe Film Institute, have overseen hundreds of screenings, rallies, panels, etc., and presented the associated cash prizes. Paisner says last year’s festival kept nearly all of the offerings as it does every year, with the exception of the lifetime achievement award, which last went to actor Tantoo Cardinal (Cree /Dene/Nakota/Métis). No word on who will be picking this up in 2021, but we can apparently expect that announcement very soon.

For updates, tickets and more, visit the festival website website.

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