• Given
  • Hunting Pignut
  • The Sounding
  • Bombshell
  • City of Joy
  • Forbidden Cuba
  • Halfway to Zen
  • Kate Can't Swim
  • Landscapes
  • Man in the Camo Jacket
  • Passing the Torch
  • The Realm of Deepest Knowing
  • The West and the Ruthless


Connect with Filmmakers panel on film production

A free panel discussion with filmmakers Martine Blue (Hunting Pignut), Art Jones (Forbidden Cuba), Paul Gray (And Violet) and Dinh Thai (Monday) on Saturday, April 29, 11am at The Screening Room. Discussion will focus on how to make the most of your resources. Watch it live on Facebook.

Welcome to the 2017 Arizona International Film Festival

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,600 films representing 90 countries to over 152,000 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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  • Panic Attack!

    Panic Attack!

    Eileen O'Meara
    United States 2016, 3 min.

    You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?" and turn in to "what if I give birth to Satan's baby?" This hand-drawn animation... more ›

  • Birdlime


    Evan DeRushie
    Canada 2017, 11 min.

    Birdlime is the name for a sticky substance, usually made from holly bark or mistletoe, which is spread on branches to trap wild birds intended for export or... more ›

  • The Realm of Deepest Knowing

    The Realm of Deepest Knowing

    Seunghee Kim
    South Korea 2017, 3 min.

    One digs beneath the surface of the other to reach the deepest place of his heart during struggles. It lightens up the darkness. They fulfill one another... more ›

  • Falling in Love

    Falling in Love

    Giacomo Ghigo
    United Kingdom 2016, 4 min.

    'Falling in Love' is a black comedy revolving around suicide. Tired of his life, our 'hero' Salomone endlessly tries to kill himself in various manners, but... more ›

Daily Schedule

Friday, April 28

Southern Edge of the Cloud

Southern Edge of the Cloud, The Turtle

6:00pm: The Screening Room


Forbidden Cuba

The End of Time, Forbidden Cuba

7:30pm: The Screening Room


Animated Shorts

Baumu, Birdlime, Corky, Drifting Away, Falling in Love, The Realm of Deepest Knowing, The Servant, Hope, Panic Attack!

9:45pm: The Screening Room


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Encore Screening of GIVEN

Exciting news!!  GIVEN, the opening night sold-out film, will have an encore screening on Sunday, April 30, 11am at The Screening Room downtown. This stunningly visual documentary is a film not-to-be missed.

Read All About It in ZINE

Check out ZINE, our new addition to the website, where you will be able to read in-depth interviews with some of the visiting filmmakers at the 2017 Film Festival. Thank you to our Asian Cinema consultant, Andy Marco for conducting these interviews from afar. Andrew is an MFA Cinema graduate from San Francisco State University, living in Shanghai, China and working with emerging Chinese filmmakers to find their cinematic voice.  

GIVEN hits it out of the park

Congratulations to the GIVEN filmmakers for a standing only screening to open the 2017 Arizona International Film Festival. The crowd was buzzing so keep a watch out for an encore screening.

2017 Films Selected

The Selection Committee has released their selection of films including 26 features and 70 shorts from 19 countries for screening at the 26th anniversary Arizona International Film Festival.  The Selection Committee praised the quality and diversity of the record number of films submitted this year. Congratulations filmmakers!

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 arizonafilmfest@yahoo.com or click here for sponsorship opportunities.

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 arizonafilmfest@yahoo.com for reservations. Filmmakers will be available April 19 thru 28, 2017.

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.

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