Submit Your Film to the 13th Annual SFiFF Image

Named one of Moviemaker Magazine’s 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for 7 years in a row, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will take place October 13-17, 2021. Dubbed “a young Sundance” by indieWire, and “an all-inclusive resort for cinephiles” by Filmmaker Magazine, SFiFF is the longest continually running film festival in New Mexico and has grown into a top regional film festival in the United States. SFiFF showcases both emerging and established filmmakers by screening features and shorts in one of the greatest art cities in the world, building a creative atmosphere that encourages filmmakers to connect with other film artists, industry members, and distributors.

SFiFF accepts entries for Narrative films, Documentaries, International films, Animated films, Indigenous films, Student films, and Virtual Reality. Filmmakers whose films are selected for the festival will have countless creative opportunities, including screenings in Santa Fe’s unique, arthouse theaters. Dependent on public health orders, travel and hotel rooms will be available to those films that get accepted on a case-by-case basis. The early bird submission deadline is March 5th, 2021 and you can submit your film here.

“…building a creative atmosphere that encourages filmmakers to connect with other film artists, industry members, and distributors.”

SFiFF Offers Cash Prizes in the Following Categories:
$1,000 Prize for Best Narrative Feature
$1,000 Prize for Best Documentary Feature
$500 Prize for Best Narrative Short
$500 Prize for Best Documentary Short
$500 Prize for Best New Mexico Short

Submission Fees and Deadlines:

Earlybird Deadline: March 5th, 2021
Feature length: $45
Short film: $40

Regular Deadline: May 5th, 2021
Feature length: $60
Short film: $50

New Mexico Filmmakers qualify for a 30% discount on submissions, and NM Students submit at no cost. Email for your discount or waiver code. FilmFreeway Gold Members get a 10% discount.

Note: The safety of SFiFF audience members and guests is the festival’s first priority. As theaters reopen responsibly, and Santa Fe begins to enliven, we are optimistic that the 2021 festival will take place with few restrictions, but with the utmost consideration for safety. We will adhere to the recommendations from the State of New Mexico, and national guidelines as well. Visit for more information.

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