Santa Fe awash in film festivals
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 attentionspanfilmfest.com 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 filmfestivalsummit.com 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.