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More than 60 international, national and local films are part of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s been hailed as the “next” Sundance Film Festival.

For the past six years, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has put itself in the national spotlight – and this year is no different.

The five-day event will feature international, national and local films.

“The Homesman,” which stars Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, will screen on Oct. 17.

New Mexico residents Hampton Sides and George R.R. Martin will be given awards as well. More than 60 films will be screened, including 12 international films from 11 different countries.

Those international films include “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” the Sundance hit playing festivals around the country, and the very first Iranian vampire Western.

“The Tribe” is a story about students in a deaf boarding school in the Ukraine told entirely in sign language without the use of subtitles because “you don’t need subtitles to understand love and hate.”

The screenings will take place at various locations. See for a full schedule of events.