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by Nigel M Smith
October 5, 2010 3:48 AM
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Slew of International Premieres Slated for Second Sante Fe Independent Festival

Forty international premieres from twelve countries made the cut for the second annual Sante Fe Independent Film Festival (October 19 - 24). Kicking off the 2010 edition will be a screening of Herbert J. Biberman's historic socialist classic "Salt of the Earth," winner of the Crystal Gobe Award for Best Picture at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1954, and the Academie du Cinema de Paris International Grand Prize in 1955.

A total of 80 films will screen over the six day event, with attendance expected to reach over 2,000. Categories this year include Best Short, Best Feature, Best New Mexican Film, Best Animated, Best International, Best Documentary and the Audience Choice Award. All awards will be chosen by an audience online vote.

"The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will provide a dynamic program of emerging local and international talent showcasing the latest filmmaking trends in front of a diverse and passionate movie audience," said Jacques Paisner, SFIFF Founding Director, who organizes the festival with David Moore in a statement. "New Mexico is also a state where filmmakers have the benefit of both a tax credit as well as a workforce of film industry professionals capable of supplying both the technical and creative components of filmmaking, allowing the festival to serve as a unique networking and discovery platform."

For their full lineup and to learn more about the public voting process, visit the festival's website.

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