SFIFF: It’s a Wrap!

Staff | - November 1, 2013

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Hosted Over 100 FIlms & Events in Beautiful Downtown Santa Fe

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival brought down the curtain on its fifth season. Celebrating five extraordinary days of cinema that included over eighty films, John Waters Live One-Man Show, more than twenty educational panels, a Red Carpet Gala Event, a Filmmakers Brunch, VIP Filmmaker Reception, gallery receptions  and five nights of parties at the hottest venues in downtown Santa Fe. People from dozens of states from both coasts and international filmmakers joined the festivities in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico in  the third week of October.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival opened with the New Mexico premiere of Go for Sisters with actress Yolonda Ross introducing the picture. Closing on Sunday Oct. 21st, with a special screening of Milagro Man introduced by the great New Mexican author John Nichols. Followed by a screening of the Sundance hit Ass Backwards with writers and co-stars June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson in the house.

On Thursday October 17th, SFIFF screened Tapia, a documentary about the famed New Mexican boxer Johnny Tapia. The film was introduced by his widow Teresa Tapia and producer Andrea Monier to a sold out crowd at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Friday night featured the New Mexican made film Sweetwater at the Lensic Performing Arts Center with writers/directors Noah and Logan Miller followed the film with a Q&A. The Miller brothers joined SFIFF as the keynote speakers at the Filmmaker Brunch addressing the important impact of the film industry in New Mexico. These events represent the dedication of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival to support and create a vibrant film community in New Mexico.

Educational events included a very special live screenplay reading of Chris Eyre's newest film Up the River, a native american comedy. Audience members had the rare opportunity to see live actors perform this work in progress at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. SFIFF hosted a special Masters Discussion with authors George RR Martin and Kirk Ellis, the unique voices of these two authors created a very special dialogue about writing. Lee Daniel cinematographer hosted a Master Discussion on the evolution of his craft and the camera.   

SFIFF was very pleased to partner with MOCNA, IAIA, and PVMIWA for Fashion Heat: Native American Fashion as Art at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa. Fashion Heat was curated by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe and featuring designs by Patricia Michaels, Rose Simpson, Wendy Red Star, Naomi Bebo, Lloyd Kiva New and Kay Bennett. This collective of Native artists and designers blur the lines between diverse art forms and communities, Native fashion and independent film.

 Photo by Linda Carfagono

 Photo by Sage Paisner

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival guests of honor included John Waters (Hairspray, Cry Baby) with the American Filmmaker Award. John Waters was honored at the Lensic after his live one-man show This Filthy World. Other guests of honor included Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Avatar) who was awarded the 2013 American Actor Award at the Lensic preceding the screening of Sweetwater. SFIFF visiting artist was the acclaimed  cinematographer Lee Daniel (Before Sunset, Dazed & Confused).

 Photo by Sage Paisner

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2013 Awards Jury

Jurors for SFIFF Film Awards this year included:

Gary Farmer, SAG actor in Deadman, Smoke Signals, and Powwow Highway.

Chris Eyre, director of Smokes Signals, Skins and Hide Away, and sitting chair of the Film School at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Summer Peacher, the co- founder and director of the Charleston International Film Festival in South Carolina.

Paula Amanda, Associate Chair at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and director of Greer Garson Studios.

Kathleen Broyles with the Sundance Feature Film Program and Film Festival since 1992, and the President of the Milagro Initiative in New Mexico.

Lawrence Blume, director of Tiger Eyes and Martin & Orloff.

Joe Ray Sandoval, writer of Spoken Word.

Eileen O'brien is Volunteer and Membership director for Denver Film Society and has worked in the past for Cannes Film festival and Sundance Film Festival.

Ethan Bach is Consultant, Project Manager for Bach Multimedia

Denis Strubbe is Shorts Programmer for Sedona Film Festival.

Beth Caldarello is Manager, Operations and Special Projects at AFI FEST.


2013 Juried Award Winners

Best Narrative Feature- This Is Where We Live directed by Josh Barrett and Marc Menchaca

Best Documentary Feature- Tapia directed by Eddie Alcazar

Best Narrative Short- Into the Silent Sea directed by Anderej Landin

Best Animation Short- Josephine and the Roach directed by Jonathan Langager

Best Documentary Short- Baking Alaska directed by Kari Barber

Best New Mexican Short- Eve Angelic directed by Luca Ceccarelli

Santa Fe Reporter Audience Choice Feature "YAY" Award- Tapia

Honorable Mention to Perfect Strangers by Jan Krawitz

Audience Choice Short- Record Breaker directed by Ryan Velasquez

Sponsors of The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support of sponsors and corporate partnerships to help fund the 5th Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this year's committed sponsors: (official sponsors) McDowell Construction, Premier Distributing Company,  Bishop's Lodge and Resort, Inn and Spa at Loretto, Eldorado Hotel, Studio X, Kristin Johnson Fine Art & Ice House Music, Garrett's Desert Inn, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Warehouse 21, The Santa Fe Reporter, Hutton Broadcasting, The Film School at SFUAD, Garson Studios, IATSE Local 480, HDNM & Stepbridge Studios; (community sponsors) Buffalo Thunder Casino & Resort, Center for Contemporary Arts, Pippin Contemporary, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, EZTV Install, Dos Lunas Tequila,, High Desert Digital, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Palace Restaurant, Tanti Luce 221, Santa Fe Spirits, Sage Inn.

Other funding provided by: Santa Fe Arts Commission, McCune Charitable Foundation, and Kindle Project. Partially funded by 1% Lodgers Tax.

About the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is dedicated to bringing the best films the cinematic world has to offer to our thriving artistic community and growing audience. Our goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich our community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico by showcasing the latest talent in independent films both locally and globally.

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