The Cutting Edge of Film Festivals

"Judy Blume will sign copies on Oct. 18 of 'Tiger Eyes,' following the screen adaption of the novel"

The 4th annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival seems to be working itself into, slowly but surely, the realm of international film festivals of the world. Film festivals such as Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival have become the leaders for showcasing Oscar-qualifying films. Now, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival seems to be working its way up into its ranks. While keeping it local and having films from around New Mexico, Santa Fe IFF also has a wide variety of independent films from all over the world, as well as visiting guests for the festival.

IFF also is on board with the growing emphasis on creating more incentives for youth in Santa Fe, as evidenced by the work of groups such as Meow Wolf, which will host the festival’s Friday night party at Rouge Cat.

"Having lived in New Mexico for many years, I am definitely committed to keeping the younger demographic alive,” Jacques Paisner, founder and director of the festival, says. Paisner believes this year’s festival will draw people from all walks of life to this event, particularly the younger crowd in Santa Fe. The festival also features several student screenings and panel discussions.

Paisner also has placed younger people in leadership positions, which allow them to interface and keep the programming fresh and new.

“We want to be on the cutting edge of what we do,” he says. Not only will the festival screen films and throw parties, but iconic children’s author Judy Blume will sign copies on Oct. 18 of "Tiger Eyes," following the screen adaption of the novel.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival begins Wednesday, Oct. 17 and runs through Oct. 21 The majority of the screenings will take place at Warehouse 21, CCA and the Screen at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The complete schedule of screenings and events is available at