Las Cruces International Film Festival
The Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) celebrates independent filmmaking from around the globe in majestic Las Cruces, New Mexico. The festival strives to bring the best in narrative features, documentaries, short subjects, animation and foreign language films in all genres to its indie audience. It provides a rich educational opportunity to filmmakers, students and the general public alike through its on-site workshops, panel discussions and seminars. The largest university student-run event of its kind, the Las Cruces International Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best in independent film to its ever-growing audience of indie film lovers.
Each year the festival honors multiple well-known film industry professionals. In the past, the festival has honored Giancarlo Esposito, Patrick Fabian, William Macy, George Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Kathleen Quinlan, Beverly D'Angelo, Zoe Perry, Cybill Shepherd, Pam Grier, Ralph Bakshi, Billy Boyd, RJ Mitte, Brendan Fraser, Johnny Galecki, Jon Heder, Val Kilmer, Jeffrey Tambor, Lou Diamond Phillips, Danny Trejo and many more.
The Las Cruces International Film Festival screens top-notch independent feature films, documentaries, animated shorts, narrative shorts, music videos, and student films at the state-of-the-art Allen Theaters Cineport 10, centrally located in Las Cruces. The festival also hosts the 48-Hour Film Challenge, a fast-paced competition, requiring an abundance of creativity. The closing awards ceremony is held in downtown Las Cruces at the historic Rio Grande Theatre, the only operating 2-story adobe theater in the country.