The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival announced on Tuesday that its submissions process is now open for its upcoming 2017 iteration. It's the ninth year for SFIFF, which is slated to open at the Violet Crown Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 18-22 at numerous Santa Fe theaters.

Filmmakers have three dates to consider: Early submissions are accepted up until Wednesday March 1 with a fee of $35 for full-length movies, $30 for shorts. The regular deadline runs until Tuesday May 2, with fees shifting to $60 for full-lengths and $45 for shorts. The absolute last day to submit is Tuesday August 1, and fees jump to $90 for full-lengths, $65 for shorts. There are special considerations for student filmmakers during the early and regular submissions windows at a cost of $30 for features, $25 for shorts. A valid student ID is required.

"We are expecting over 10,000 attendees again this year [and the festival] will use all five art house theaters again," co-founder and Executive Director Jacques Paisner tells SFR. "Not a lot will change, just more chances to see the best independent and foreign films of the year with over 1,000 entries from over 50 countries; the fest screens over 100 features and shorts including the recently Oscar-nominated Fire at Sea."

Interested parties can get more info and/or submit here.