A Closer Look at the Santa Fe Film Festival

The Santa Fe Film Festival is an annual event that has been a staple of Santa Fe since 2000. The festival exists to celebrate cinematic arts both in New Mexico and beyond. Every year, over the course of five days, the festival screens up to 60+ movies while hosting panel discussions, parties, workshops, and awards.

Santa Fe Film Festival Mission

The mission of the Santa Fe Film Festival is:

“The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts – here in New Mexico, regionally and globally.

Our annual event honors everyone working both on and off screen to bring the best of film creation, production and showings to the public. We constantly seek improvement in our line of respective crafts and provide filmmakers with resources to pursue their dreams further.

The Santa Fe Film Festival focuses on bringing together distinguished industry specialists and all movie lovers through accessible screenings, panels, workshops and parties!

The Festival will continue to grow as the leading exhibition and portal for all things cinematic in New Mexico.”

Santa Fe Film Festival Awards

Award categories for the Santa Fe Film Festival, subject to change every year, have included:

  • Best Film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Short
  • Best LGBTQ+ Short
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Latin Shorts
  • Best Native Film
  • Best Native Director
  • Best Native Cinematography
  • Humanitarian Award
  • Best Afro Cinema
  • Best Story
  • Best Music in a Film
  • Best Music Video
  • Sisters of Cinema Award
  • Spotlight on New Mexico Filmmaker
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Santa Fe Film Festival Promo
Here’s a 30-second Santa Fe Film Festival promo / commercial from 2016:

The Santa Fe Film Festival isn’t the only film festival in town. Another popular (and unrelated) festival is the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.


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