Q&A With Founder of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

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29 Oct Q&A With Founder of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

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The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is the most attended film festival in New Mexico, and brings in some of the region’s most innovative films during the 5 day festival.

We talked to Jacques Paisner, Executive Director and Co- Founder of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, who told us a little bit about his story and how the Film Festival came to be.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

  1. How did the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Come to be?

It began as a fringe festival with a focus on independent film and by its third year it was the largest in the area. Now hosting over 10,000 attendees annually the seventh season included A Tribute to Gena Rowlands, the North American Premiere of The Seventh Fire and The Adderall Diaries for Opening Night at Violet Crown Cinemas.

  1. What makes it different from other festivals?

It focuses on the director as an artist showing both American independent films and international films in the unique setting of Santa Fe. Aside from just being a ski town, Santa Fe boasts a vibrant artistic community and rich cultural history.

  1. Why do you think supporting film festivals like this is so important?

I think supporting any arts organization is important as a way to uplift the collective consciousness of a community.

  1. Why is Santa Fe such a great spot to hold the festival?

With the newly built Violet Crown Cinemas, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, CCA Santa Fe, The Screen, and George R.R. Martin’s Jean Cocteau Cinema Santa Fe is now one of the best theater cities in the country.

  1. What is your background with film?

I studied comedic writing with Digby Wolfe, then wrote and directed a zero budget feature.

  1. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

Even though much of my time is spent in a theater, or home watching films, I do spend quite a bit of time outdoors snowboarding and golfing.