Santa Fe Film Fes­ti­val,

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so­cial event as it was a cin­e­matic cel­e­bra­tion. By Bow­man’s count, the fes­ti­val gen­er­ally at­tracted 6,000 pa­trons.

It also racked up debt — re­port­edly about $100,000 as of 2008 — and the choice of ti­tles of­ten re­flected a “quan­tity over qual­ity” ap­proach. Its an­nual bud­get hit $400,000 in 2007, even though Bow­man worked pro bono and it was mostly staffed by vol­un­teers through its 10 years.

Hare and Kuo said they wanted to be more se­lec­tive with ti­tles this year, in an ef­fort to bring in films that have re­ceived con­sid­er­able fes­ti­val buzz else­where. They’re aware that some diehard fes­ti­val fans may be dis­ap­pointed by the slim of­fer­ings. Hare said he doesn’t see the fest ever ex­ceed­ing more than 20 ti­tles in the fu­ture. Af­ter this year’s fes­ti­val, Hare said, he and Kuo plan to meet with board mem­bers to dis­cuss the fu­ture.

“We’ll have to look at our re­sources and make a de­ci­sion as to what we can do well,” he said. “There are big 100-, 200-, 300-ti­tle film fes­ti­vals around the world, but that doesn’t re­ally fit the scale of a more in­ti­mate town like Santa Fe. We’d like to see the fes­ti­val be­come some­thing of a film re­treat for vis­it­ing film­mak­ers, where film artists have some down time to see other events in Santa Fe while they are here.”

Kuo pre­vi­ously served as artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute and was re­cently named ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Film So­ci­ety of Lin­coln Cen­ter (she said it’s too soon to tell how that po­si­tion might im­pact her fu­ture at the Santa Fe Film Fes­ti­val). She said Santa Fe is an ideal lo­ca­tion for a “bou­tique fes­ti­val in which it can em­brace a lot of dif­fer­ent facets, in­clud­ing art, mu­sic, and food — a fes­ti­val in which peo­ple es­cap­ing for the week­end can come to en­joy film and the other as­pects of art in the city. Michael and the board are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing a world-class film fes­ti­val. Santa Fe is a city that is ready­made for a high-qual­ity film view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence like that.”

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