• <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


Call for Indie Films for 26th edition

The 26th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in Arizona, will run from April 19 to April 30, 2017 at exhibition venues throughout Tucson. The Festival theme of Bridging Cultures provides a way for independent cinema to share images and voices from diverse cultures with Arizona communities. Submissions are now being accepted thru withoutabox.com and filmfreeway.com

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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Call for Indie Films

We are now accepting new and innovative independent films to be part of the 26th Arizona International Film Festival. You can now submit your film to withoutabox.com or filmfreeway.com 

Finalists will be screened during the 2017 Festival scheduled for April 19-30 in Tucson, Arizona. Submissions will be accepted through January 30, 2017 in the categories of narrative and documentary features, documentary, dramatic, comedy, experimental & animation shorts.

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.

Call for Works by Young Filmmakers

The 2017 Arizona International Film Festival is looking for works by young filmmakers (18 and under) to be featured in our IndieYouth program.  Beginning in November, 2016, submissions will be accepted through withoutabox.com and filmfreeway.com

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.

Festival filmmakers reach out to young audiences

Special thanks to 2016 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.

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.

What A Show!!

Congrats to 2016 Arizona Film Fest filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audiences. 104 films, 25 countries, 17 days of indie bliss.

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