The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is scheduled to return to our state Oct. 14 through 18. If you’re a local filmmaker interested in screening your work, you might want to submit something by the early deadline of March 3. Early deadline fees are $40 for features, $35 for shorts and $30 for students. Those fees will, of course, go up as the year wears on. Categories of submission include Animated, Art, Documentary, Experimental, International, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, New Mexican, Mountain and Student Film. To get your work to the festival judges for consideration, you need to register at withoutabox.com. For more info go to santafeindependentfilmfestival.com.
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Jewish Identity in France
The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival is hooking up with the CCA Cinematheque to present “A French Film Mini-Fest” running this Sunday, March 6, through Sunday, March 20. This five-film series starts at 4pm on March 6 with, appropriately enough, the documentary Jewish Identity in France. The film casts light on the experience of Jews in modern-day France and will be followed by a talk by author and lecturer Dr. Gunther Jikeli, a visiting professor at Indiana University’s Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism. On Wednesday, March 9, at 7pm it’s Natan, a documentary about one of the fathers of modern French cinema. This will be followed by a Skype interview with the film’s directors. Sunday, March 13, brings the historical drama Wedding Song at 4pm. The film is set in Nazi-occupied Tunisia in 1942 and explores the close relationship between two girls—one Jewish and the other Muslim. Louis Malle’s classic 1987 film Au Revoir Les Enfants—a biopic about boys at a provincial Catholic boarding school in World War II France—shows Wednesday, March 16, at 7pm. The festival closes out on Sunday, March 20, at 11am with Les Heritiers, a Stand and Deliver-inspired drama about a Parisian high school teacher who engages his students, many of whom are Muslim, by discussing the Holocaust. Tickets for these screenings are available through santafejff.org/tickets. Advanced tickets run $12 for adults and $8 for students. Purchase them at the door of the CCA Cinematheque and they’ll cost you $15. The Jewish Film Festival is also selling $50 passes good for all five films. For more info on the films, go to ccasantafe.org/cinematheque.
Rocky Mountain High
Do you like mountains and movies? The Banff Mountain Film Festival exists to fill both your passions. The annual touring festival—featuring the best high-altitude shorts from the famed sporting film festival in Alberta, Canada—will stick a landing at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) this Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10. This year’s festival promises “a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental and adventure films” from around the globe. Screenings start at 7pm each night. Wednesday and Thursday each feature a different lineup of shorts, so dedicated skiing/hiking/ice climbing bums will want to check out both nights. Tickets are $15 per night or $25 for the two-night pass. Stone Age Climbing Gym, REI and NM Kayak Instruction are cosponsoring the local tour stop. La Cumbre Brewery will be on hand to dispense some tasty Albuquerque suds in the KiMo lobby. You can grab your tickets in advance at kimotickets.com.