The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival returns Oct. 17 through 21 for its 10th annual outing. Some 40 features, shorts and documentaries are scheduled to screen over the course of the 5-day movie fest. Special guests this year include animator Bill Plympton (I Married a Strange Person!, Idiots and Angels, Hair Hight, Cheatin’), who will be on hand to accept a lifetime achievement award (Saturday, 7pm). Local actor Gary Farmer will be there to introduce a special, restored print of Jim Jarmusch’s 1995 avant-Western Dead Man (Saturday, 1:10pm). Among the other New Mexico-centric highlights is the much-anticipated premiere of Meow Wolf: The Origin Story. This documentary, from filmmakers Jilann Spitzmiller and Morgan Capps, charts the rise of the psychedelic arts collective from humble Santa Fe beginnings to national fame. It screens at 1pm on Sunday. Parties, filmmaker panels, workshops and post-film discussions fill in between the impressive schedule of films from South Korea, Canada, Uruguay, Japan, Denmark and more. Films show at The Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Trail), Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave.), Santa Fe Playhouse (142 E. De Vargas Street), The Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco), The Screen (1600 St. Michael’s Dr.) and Violet Crown Cinema (1606 Alcaldesa St.). Individual tickets, ticket packs and full festival passes are available at santafeindependentfilmfestival.com or at the festival box office (located at the Muñiz Waxman Gallery inside CCA). For a full schedule of films, events and times, go to the festival’s website and download the deets.