Santa Fe awash in film fes­ti­vals

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Two other up­start film fes­ti­vals launched in­au­gu­ral pro­grams this year in Santa Fe to com­pete with the 10-year-old Santa Fe Film Fes­ti­val. The Santa Fe In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val— fea­tur­ing films by Joe Ray San­doval, Gary Farmer, andWes Studi— runs from Fri­day to Sun­day, Dec. 4 to 6, at var­i­ous places in town, in­clud­ingWare­house 21, 1614 Paseo de Per­alta. The fest’sWeb site notes, “We do not host lav­ish par­ties, stroke movie stars, or charge ou­tra­geous ticket prices.” What the fes­ti­val vows to do is show­case un­der­ground and in­die cin­ema. Visit santafein­de­pen­dent­film­fes­ti­val. com for more de­tails.

Mean­while, for those with lim­ited time, the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts’ At­ten­tion Span: A 30-Sec­ond Film Fes­ti­val, ran one day— Thurs­day, Dec. 3— and screened a lot of re­ally short movies at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts Cin­e­math­eque. Will it be back next year? Visit at­ten­tion­span­film­ for up­dates.

Of course, niche film fes­ti­vals con­tinue to thrive all over the world. Here’s a short list of such fests: the Ham­mer Film Fest (as in Bri­tish hor­ror films), the EdWood Film Fes­ti­val (as in the worst di­rec­tor ever), the H.P. Love­craft Film Fes­ti­val, the In­cred­i­bly Strange Film Fes­ti­val, the Zom­bie Short Film Fes­ti­val, and the In­de­pen­dent Erotic Film Fes­ti­val. Alas, ap­par­ently no one has started a film fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to Bar­bara Steele or Ur­sula An­dress or Maria Mon­tez.

Visit film­fes­ti­val­sum­ for an up­date on what’s hap­pen­ing in the world of film fes­ti­vals. The sum­mit is host­ing its sixth an­nual meet­ing in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada, from Sun­day through Tues­day, Dec. 6 to 8.

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