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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is ‘cool’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Another successful year is capped off with a great accolade.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “coolest film festivals on the planet.”

The festival made the list of the top 25 coolest general film festivals on the planet, and will be covered in this month’s issue of Moviemaker magazine alongside Tribeca film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival.

Having just closed the curtain on the fifth annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival,  the festival hosted more than 8,000 attendees that were treated to films such as “Tapia” and “Go For Sisters” along with a writing lab with Joan Torres (writer of “Blackula”), a masters discussion with cinematographer Lee Daniel (“Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunset”), a masters discussion with George R.R. Martin hosted by Kirk Ellis, and a one-man show with John Waters (“Pink Flamingos,” “Hairspray”).

The vision from Festival Director Liesette Paisner along with Co-Founders Jacques Paisner and Dave Moore, have allowed them to see the festival grow throughout the years, adding thousands of attendees each season.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has stayed vibrant and faithful to their original vision of getting Santa Fe recognized as a top film tourism destination and not only the best place to make a film but also to see a film, continuing to be an “all inclusive resort for cinephiles” as dubbed by Filmmaker Magazine.