Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe, New Mexico / October 16-20, 2019 / santafeindependentfilmfestival.com
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is another destination fest. It takes place “in a picturesque adobe town nested beneath the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains as the aspens are still changing colors in mid-October,” per co-founder and Artistic Director, Jacques Paisner. Like many of the film festivals on this list, it draws its share of successful moviemakers and other celebrities. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin bought the treasured local indie theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema, in 2013. Some of the screenings are held there, and Martin has been a frequent guest at the festival.