• <strong>Kandahar Journals</strong> – Festival Grand Prize
  • <strong>Café Amargo (Bitter Coffee)</strong> – Best Dramatic Feature
  • <strong>Chalet</strong> – Best Foreign Feature
  • <strong>The Anthropologist</strong> – Best Documentary
  • <strong>The Region</strong> – Best Foreign Documentary
  • <strong>Ferguson 365</strong> – Best Documentary Short
  • <strong>FlySpy</strong> – Best Dramatic Short
  • <strong>Don't Mess with the Sharkies</strong> – Best Global Short
  • <strong>Beat Around the Bush</strong> – Best Comedy Short
  • <strong>Däwit</strong> – Best Animated Short
  • <strong>2.57K</strong> – Best Experimental Short
  • <strong>Manna</strong> – Best of Arizona
  • <strong>One Day On Carver St.</strong> – Best of IndieYouth


What A Show!!

Congrats to Arizona Film Fest filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audiences. 104 films, 25 countries, 17 days of indie bliss.

Welcome to the 2016 Arizona International Film Festival

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,500 films representing 90 countries to over 148,000 patrons in southern Arizona. And now, we are honored to select more exciting and innovative films from around the world for Arizona audiences.

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Festival filmmakers reach out to young audiences

Special thanks to Festival filmmakers Douglas Munro, Hilary Linder, Louie Palu, Jeff Moneo, Fabiola Caraza, Craig Trudeau, Noah and Tim Hussin for reaching out into our community and presenting their work and their vision to youth at Desert View High School, Pueblo Magnet High School, University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Pima County Juvenile Detention Center and the Pima County Jail. Both students and filmmakers were inspired by the exchange of ideas.

Encore screenings for audience favorites

Brought back by popular demand on Sunday, May 1, Monty and the Runaway Furnace will screen at 2:15pm, Cafe Amargo at 4:30pm and Mango Dreams will close out the Festival at 7:00pm. These audience favorites will light up the screen one more time at Best of the Fest at The Screening Room downtown. Get on board for one more ride with these great indie films.

Indie Filmmakers flock to Tucson to present their films

Act III of the Festival (April 25-30) will include in-person presentations by Vinnie and Joe Taranto (Monty and the Runaway Furnace), Jeremy Carr (Other Madnesses), Desmond Devenish (Misfortune), Frances Causey (Ours Is The Land), Steve Anderson and Ginia Desmond (Lucky U Ranch).  Come listen to their stories!!

Drones buzz the Festival

What an exciting workshop!!  Thank you to Anna Augustowska and Cesar Balganon of Our Desert Farms and the Whetstone brothers (Kiel and Devin) of Propeller Aeronautics for sharing their expertise and their stories. Aerial photography opens a world of possibilities in capturing breathtaking images to enhance visual storytelling. And they showed it

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Filmmakers for your Schools

Attention librarians, writing and drama teachers, elementary teachers, CTE, media and photography teachers! Would you like a filmmaker to visit your class? Email us at arizonafilmfestival@gmail.com for reservations. Filmmakers will be available April 14 thru 29, 2016.

Partner with the Arizona International Film Festival

The Festival is an excellent way to advertise your company and support independent expression. We have sponsorships and advertising for every marketing budget. If you are interested in partnering with us, please email us at arizonafilmfestival@gmail.com or click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Tucson Welcomes Festival Filmmakers

Out-of-town visitors have a variety of choices when it comes to resting their heads after an exciting day at the Festival! The historical Hotel Congress, which housed and aided in the arrest of infamous bank robber John Dillinger, the Hotel Arizona, a hub for all things downtown Tucson, Hotel Tucson, where cinematic legend John Wayne used to stay, and our newest hotels, the Riverpark Inn and Country Inn & Suites. Each hotel features discounted rates for anyone attending the Arizona International Film Festival. Watch here for more information and rates.