50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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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.

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Love Story star Ali MacGraw (L) and On Her Shoulders director Alexandria Bombach (R) at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Photograph by Linda Carfagno, courtesy of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

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  1. Tommy

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    No film festivals of diversity, not event the American Black Film Festival? Disappointing!

  2. Lucifer

    April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    SDUFF is the best!!!

  3. Ryan Betschart

    April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    San Diego Underground Film Festival!!!!! YAY!!!

    • Ron Tucker

      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I can assure you that the Beaufort International Film Festival held each February in Beaufort, SC is well worth the entry fee. See the recap here -https://vimeo.com/321820933

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