10th Annual

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

October 16, 2019 to October 20, 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
Features may run between 45 minutes and 3 hours. To have a longer film considered, please contact our office.
Narrative Short
Santa Fe IFF accepts shorts from 1-44 minutes in length from anywhere in the world.
Documentary Feature
Documentaries may originate from anywhere in the world and may be of any subject. The documentary may run between 45 minutes and 3 hours. To have a longer film considered, please contact SFIFF.
Animated
Santa Fe IFF accepts animated film submissions from anywhere in the world. For a short, please keep it between 1-44 minutes in length. For a feather, please keep the submission between 45 minutes to 3 hours.
International
50% or more the the projects funding must originate from outside the United States. The International Features must run between 45 minutes and 3 hours. The International Shorts must run between 1-44 Minutes.
New Mexico Feature
Films must be made and/or Director or Writer originates from or lives in New Mexico. Features may run between 45 minutes and 3 hours. To have a longer film considered, please contact our office.
New Mexico Short
Films must be made and/or Director or Writer originates from or lives in New Mexico. Santa Fe IFF accepts shorts from 1-44 minutes in length.
Documentary Short
Santa Fe IFF accepts shorts from 1-44 minutes in length from anywhere in the world.
Student Film
Shorts must be 1-44 minutes in Length & Features must be 45 minutes to 3 Hours in Length. Please include a digital copy of your student ID from an accredited university or high school.
Experimental Short
Santa Fe IFF accepts shorts from 1-44 minutes in length from anywhere in the world.
Indigenous Short
The short may be narrative or documentary. Santa Fe IFF accepts shorts from 1-44 minutes in length from anywhere in the world. The film must be indigenous in theme or have an indigenous creative team.
Indigenous Feature
The Feature may be narrative or documentary. May run between 45 minutes and 3 hours. To have a longer film considered, please contact SFIFF. The film must be indigenous in them or have an indigenous creative team.
Digital Dome Short
SFIFF is partnering with the Institute of American Indian Arts and is now accepting Digital Dome films. 1-44 minutes in Length. May be Narrative or Documentary.

The IAIA Digital Dome is a unique asset of the college, being the world's only fully articulating dome. It rotates from 0° to 90°, and can be positioned at the ceiling or floor, offering multiple viewing experiences. The space offers a combination of black box, planetarium, interactive performance space, digital full dome, and an immersive laboratory with five WQXGA (2560x1600 Resolution) projectors that deliver a 4k dome projection and a spatialize ambisonic 24.4 professional Genelec immersive sound system.
Virtual Reality Short
Must be compatible with the Oculus Rift and must be between 1-44 minutes in length.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The 11th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, October 16th-20th, 2019 was dubbed “a young Sundance” by indieWire, and “an all-inclusive resort for cinephiles” by Filmmaker Magazine. SFIFF is not only the most attended film festival in the area, it is now a top regional fest on the circuit. The Fest is a creative center for film in Santa Fe allowing 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 16th-20th, 2019 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 2018, the Festival was named one of Moviemaker Magazine's "50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for the fifth consecutive year.

SFIFF has honored screen legend Jacqueline Bisset with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Jay Roach (Trumbo) with the American Filmmaker Award, 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. For this past 10th Annual Festival, we welcomed returning filmmaker Bill Plympton, presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award and presented New Mexico Filmmaker, Alexandria Bombach with the Visionary Award.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is accepting entries for Narrative films, Documentaries, International films, Animated films, Indigenous films, Virtual Reality and Digital Dome Films. Filmmakers whose films are selected for the festival will have countless creative opportunities, including screening in the unique setting of downtown Santa Fe. Travel and hotel rooms are available to those films that get accepted on a case by case basis. Check out www.santafeindependent.com for more information.

ORGANIZERS

Jacques Paisner (Festival Registrar); Jena Braziel; Liesette Paisner

GENERAL RULES

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR 2019 SUBMISSIONS

The following is an explanation of the Rules and Guidelines governing the submissions of a film to the 2019 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 the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival: contact@santafeiff.com or 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 Withoutabox OR mail a single DVD with the completed submission form and correct entry fee.

5. The DVDs should be formatted for NTSC and labelled with Title, Running Time, and Tracking Number (if applicable).

6. The Filmmaker/s is/are responsible for making sure all submission material are submitted by the submission deadline indicated. If your film does not arrive or is not uploaded by the deadline for which you have registered, you may be required to pay the higher submission fee or withdrawn.

7. The following concerns submission deadlines and submission fees. Note, the deadlines are not the postmark dates, but the dates by which the submission must be in the SFIFF office or registered with Withoutabox. Each submission must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Submission fees are in are U.S. Dollars per submission and is non-refundable. These fees may be paid by check, cashier’s check, money order, or by Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) made payable to: Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Cash is not accepted.

8. If a film received 50% or more of it’s funding from sources outside of 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. Please test your media prior to submission to make sure they run properly and are not damaged.

11. The SFIFF is not responsible for any damage to materials that occurred while in transit. If your film arrives damaged, we will contact you to request another copy.

12. Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film for the Festival provided that each film is submitted separately and meet SFIFF guidelines. If submitting a DVD, please do not send a compilation DVD composed of films for separate entries.

13. Filmmakers are allowed to re-submit 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.

14. 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.

15. If you would like your materials returned after the festival, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

16. Entrants may contact the SFIFF to find out if the Festival received the submission: jena@santafeindependent.com or (505) 349-1414. Filmmakers submitting through Withoutabox can check their status through the website.

17. The Filmmaker is responsible for all inbound shipping costs, domestic or international.

18. All personal contact information is to remain confidential and not to be shared with any third parties.

19. SFIFF reserves the right to use images from films selected in the Festival for marketing purposes.

20. All decisions regarding award winners are considered final and incontestable.

21. New Mexico Premiere is suggested but not required but the programing team may consider a films local premiere status when making final decisions.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

AGREEMENT TO SUBMIT FILM TO THE SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
This agreement is between Santa Fe Independent Film Festival LLC. (“SFIFF”) and ___________ (“Film Maker”). I. AGREEMENT TO SCREEN MOVIE


Film Maker hereby releases _________________________to be screened at the 2019 Santa Fe Independent film Festival from October 16-20, 2019.


Film Maker agrees that he/she shall receive no compensation for said screening.
Film Maker agrees that SFIFF can use still pictures, posters, and short segments of the film for publicity purposes by SFIFF.


Film Maker acknowledges that he/she retains the right to distribute the material in question.
Film Maker acknowledges he/she has authority to enter into this agreement.


II. DISPUTES. Any controversy arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be settled by mandatory arbitration.
All controversies shall first be submitted to a mutually agreeable mediator.


If the parties are unable to resolve their differences through mediation, within sixty days from written demand for mediation, the dispute shall be arbitrated.


The parties shall pick a single mutually agreeable arbitrator. If the parties cannot agree on a single arbitrator the Chief Judge of the First Judicial District for the County of Santa Fe shall be requested to appoint a single arbitrator.


The arbitration shall take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Any award or judgment, including injunctive relief, rendered in arbitration will be final and binding and may be entered and enforced by any court having jurisdiction thereof.


The cost of mediation shall be borne equally by the parties.
The non-prevailing party of the arbitration shall pay the attorney fees and costs to the prevailing party of the arbitration.


III. NOTICES. Any notice under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be effective when actually delivered in person, or three days after being deposited in the U.S. mail, registered or certified, post pre-paid, and addressed to the party at the address stated in this Agreement, or such other address as either party may designate by written notice to the other.


IV. GOVERNING LAW. The law governing this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New Mexico.


V. PRESUMPTION. This Agreement, or any section thereof, shall not be construed against any party due to the fact that said Agreement or section thereof was drafted by said party.


VI. PRIOR AGREEMENTS. This document is the entire final and complete agreement of the parties and replaces all prior or existing written and oral agreements between the parties or their representatives relating to this Agreement.

Agreed: ____________________

SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL LLC.

By its Operating Manager ____________________ Jacques Paisner