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  Eric Davis,  Marketing & Communications Director
                505.424.2351, or
  Jacques Paisner, Executive Director and Co-Founder, SFIFF
               505.349.1414, or

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 
Digital Dome Program 
Partners With 
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) 
To Provide 360 Spherical Film Programming

Santa Fe, June 29, 2018

For the 10th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, October 17, 2018 - October 21, 2018, the festival is expanding their programming to include spherical film submissions that will be screened at IAIA's state-of-the-art-Digital-Dome on the IAIA Campus, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, on the South Side of Santa Fe, minutes from the Community College. Click here for map and directions. 

This new addition to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's diverse programming will not only allow SFIFF to screen the most cutting edge spherical films, but also invite the audience to experience the incredible 360° experience of the IAIA Digital Dome. IAIA students have been working in, and creating content for, the Digital Dome since it opened in 2010.
IAIA Digital Dome
Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

The IAIA Digital Dome is a unique asset of the college, being the world's only fully articulating dome. It rotates from 0° to 90°, and can be positioned at the ceiling or floor, offering multiple viewing experiences. The space offers a combination of black box, planetarium, interactive performance space, Digital Full Dome, and an immersive laboratory -- with five WQXGA (2560x1600 Resolution) projectors that deliver a 4k dome projection and a spatialized ambisonic 24.4 professional Genelec immersive sound system. The Dome is a space for new applications of creative expression, scientific and technical exploration, film, and the merging of art and technology.
IAIA Digital Dome
Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

Jacques Paisner , Executive Director of the SFIFF, commented: "This is an exciting way to expand our ongoing partnership with IAIA. Creativity in the motion picture arts is paramount at the SFIFF, and remaining on the cutting-edge of the medium with the inclusion of IAIA's Digital Dome is a very natural progression for the festival."
Mats Reiniusson, Assistant Professor & Dome Manager observed: "This is a great new collaboration! It makes total sense that the IAIA Digital Dome should be part of the SFIFF - due to both organizations being located in Santa Fe. IAIA has a state-of-the-art immersive film theater, and immersive 360 film is the new upcoming format for film festivals on the frontline. SFIFF will now have immersive spherical film as part of their programming."
To submit your work for consideration for projection in the IAIA Digital Dome, please forward your film through or send a Quicktime file and submission form that you can access here: to or Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 418 Montezuma Suite 22, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Special Instructions of Spherical 360 film submission
  • SFIFF will review any artistic and filmic work with any theme or story line.
  • Final Submission Deadline for spherical films is August 1st, 2018

Submissions must also include:
  • A completed online submission form
  • Brief written bio/bios on the director and principals of the film (to be included on the SFIFF website) / maximum of 150 words each
  • The title of the work and a brief written description for each submission (to be included on our website) / maximum 100 words each
  • A website or URL where work can be seen (see work sample description above)
  • A CV/Resume (.pdf format)
  • 2 to 3 (.jpg) still images of the proposed work for each submission
  • Optional: a more complete description of the work/s
Please write to request a discount on the fees for a digital dome submission.
If your Dome work is selected you must provide:
  • Quicktime File Format
  • A 2k (2048 x 2048) pixel resolution (.mov or .mp4) file with Apple Pro Res 422 or H264 codec.
  • Embedded surround sound 5.1 up to 16.4 or stereo sound.
The 2018 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival runs October 17-21, in historic downtown Santa Fe. The regular submission deadline is May 1st. For more information please visit: For information on the IAIA Digital Dome, please visit

IAIA Digital Dome
Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

For more information on the SFIFF, including a full schedule of films and events and instructions on purchasing tickets, please visit; or email

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