Santa Fe Film Festival Announces Call for Entries - March 13, 2012

“Festival moves back to its traditional early December dates…”

The Ides of March this year holds a special significance for the Santa Fe Film Festival, as it is the start date for the Festival’s Call for Entries for the 2012 Festival. 

The Festival’s 2012 film submission cycle will begin March 15 and run through August 31, with entries accepted through the online submission portal Withoutabox.  An Earlybird Deadline of April 13 carries a discounted price on Withoutabox of $45 for feature film submissions and $35 for shorts. Additional details including a full schedule of deadlines and fees can also be found on the festival website.

The 13th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival will again include a Spotlight on New Mexico Filmmakers program section.  New Mexico Filmmakers meeting eligibility requirements can access discounted fees of $45 for feature film submissions and $35 for shorts throughout the entire submission cycle. Filmmakers will receive notification of acceptance around October 9, nearly two months before the Festival.

The 13th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival – a four-day celebration of the best in independent world cinema, will run Thursday, December 6 through Sunday, December 9, 2012.

“Our decision to return to dates in early December reflects feedback from community and industry partners,” says Santa Fe Film Festival Executive Director Diane Schneier Perrin, “who have expressed to us that December offers more opportunity for them to support the festival and benefit from the boost in visitors to Santa Fe that the festival can provide during this traditionally quieter period between Thanksgiving and Christmas."

Acceptance as an Official Entry of the Santa Fe Film Festival is, increasingly, seen as providing a lift to a film’s chances at being seen by a wider audience. Ayesha Kha, a new SFFF board member, says this of her acceptance in the 2011 slate of films shown at the Festival: “My film ‘KASHF: The Lifting of the Veil’ premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Spiritual Cinema Circle picked up the film after its festival screening and press included a stellar quote from festival attendee Ali MacGraw. The Santa Fe Film Festival was a great launch for us!”

The 2011 SFFF program, curated by Brent Kliewer, and presented October 20-23 at venues throughout Santa Fe, offered  screenings of almost 50 films and introduced New Mexican audiences to Academy Award®-winning titles, “The Artist” and “A Separation” as well as other outstanding, if lesser known, international art films. Among these were “Once Upon A Time in Anatolia”, a film that has been called Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s masterpiece, Australian Michael Reimer’s “Face to Face”, English documentarian Gemma Atwal’s bizarre and compelling “Marathon Boy” filmed in rural India and several directorial debuts representing women directors from around the world: “Capsulas” (dir: Veronica Riedel, Guatamala), “Sleeping Beauty” (dir: Julia Leigh, Australia) and “Corpo Celest”e (dir: Alice Rohrwacher, Italy/Switerland/France).

In addition to the screenings, SFFF’s free “Artists in Conversation” series was open to the public and, again, held in downtown galleries, including the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art and Evoke Contemporary. These popular events featured top-tier Hollywood talent including Santa Fe’s own Kirk Ellis, award-winning writer/producer of the Emmy Award® winning mini-series “John Adams” and “Anne Frank: The Whole Story” and Academy Award® winners Andrea Meditch, executive producer of “Buck,” “Grizzly Man” and “Man on a Wire” and film editor Hughes Winborne (“Crash,” “The Help”). These intimate and revealing discussions between industry insiders were well attended by a diverse audience of gallery patrons, students, filmmakers, festival goers and Santa Fe visitors.

“In addition to offering these exciting and informative dialogues on film-related issues and networking events," says Schneier Perrin, “our efforts to extend the festival’s commitment to local filmmakers beyond screening their work was supported in 2011 through a generous donation from SFFF sponsor Movie Magic, which gave the festival the opportunity to present each of our Spotlight on New Mexico Filmmakers program participants a copy of Movie Magic’s state-of-the-art budgeting and scheduling software in support of their future productions.”

And, on February 26, the Santa Fe Film Festival kicked-off 2012 with a community celebration of the films of 2011 at Rio Chama with a sold-out Oscar Party. The event was a huge success, thanks in part to event sponsors: Rio Chama, HD Solutions, Constellation Home Electronics and IATSE Local 480 (film technicians union) and a capacity crowd of festival supporters, festival volunteers, community leaders, filmmakers and film lovers who came out to join the SFFF Executive Director, Diane Schneier Perrin and the Board of Directors in cheering on Academy Award®-nominated 2011 SFFF titles, “The Artist,” “A Separation” and “Monsieur Lazhar.”

By the end of the evening, the international sensation “The Artist” garnered five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and “A Separation” walked away with the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.