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  • Arizona International Film Festival 2019
  • Festival Grand Prize - Mine 9
  • Best Dramatic Feature - Collisions
  • Best Indie Film - Wheels
  • Best Foreign Feature - Internment
  • Kast Hasa, Director - Internment
  • Best Documentary - Almost Ghosts
  • Best Foreign Documentary - The Meaning of Vanlife
  • Jim Lounsbury, Director - The Meaning of Vanlife
  • Best Music Documentary - RocKabul
  • Best Action Documentary - Blenio, Utah
  • Best Short Documentary - Shelter Me
  • Best Foreign Short - To Heaven, To Gather
  • Best Dramatic Short - Manhood
  • Best Comedy Short - Going Up
  • Best Experimental Short - Little Ghost Girl
  • Best Animated Short - Starvation
  • Best of Arizona - Mark Of The Banshee
  • Best of Indie Youth - Home
  • Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures - On the Tip of the Tongue
  • Special Jury Award for Best Performance - Shannon Murray in Rag Doll
  • Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking - Children of Bal Ashram
  • Special Jury Award for Innovative Filmmaking - Carlotta's Face
  • Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - The Mariachi and the Rattlesnake Witch
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - Tightly Wound
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - Totalité
  • AIFF Filmmaker Breakfast
  • Indie Blooming in the Desert


Announcing 2020 Film Festival dates

The 29th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in Arizona, is scheduled for April 15 to 26, 2020. 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

Welcome to the 2020 Arizona International Film Festival

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,900 films representing 100 countries to over 162,000 patrons in southern Arizona. And now, the 29th edition will select more exciting and innovative films from around the world for Arizona audiences.

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Call for new and innovative INDIE films

The Arizona International Film Festival celebrates and rewards excellence and innovation in independent media arts expression. We are now accepting new and innovative independent films of all lengths in narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental categories to be part of our 29th annual festival.

We proudly accept entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests. Earlybird deadline is January 10, 2020 and the official deadline is February 18, 2020. You can now submit your film thru

Call for Works by Young Filmmakers

The 2020 Arizona International Film Festival is looking for works by young filmmakers    (18 and under) to be featured in our IndieYouth program.  Beginning in October 2019, submissions will be accepted through

Indie Films Matter!!

Congrats to 2019 Arizona Film Fest filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audiences. 100 films, 22 countries, 12 days of indie bliss. Congrats to the 24 filmmakers from 9 countries that won awards. A record number of filmmakers attended their screenings as faraway as Albania, Australia, China and Taiwan  - what a great gathering of international talent.

Partner with the 2020 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 or click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Volunteers needed for the 2020 Film Festival

Are you interested in working behind-the-scenes for the 2020 Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson? Volunteers are needed for event planning, marketing, promotions, design, production, merchandise, office work, and much more. E-mail and find out how you can be involved.

Read our Filmmaker Interviews in our ZINE!

Check out our ZINE!  Featuring insightful interviews with past festival  filmmakers.  Enjoy the newly added interviews with the directors of Dawning (China), Collisions (USA), Rag Doll (USA), To Hell and Gone (USA) and Mine 9 (USA).  Thank you to our Asian Cinema consultant, Andy Marco, based in Shanghai, for conducting these interviews.

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!  Hotel Tucson, where cinematic legend John Wayne used to stay, the historical Hotel Congress, which housed and aided in the arrest of infamous bank robber John Dillinger, the Ramada Inn located on the modern streetcar line 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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Best of Arizona

Congrats to the Arizona International Film Festival for being selected the 8th Best Festival in Arizona. Only Film Festival in the list of 15 Festivals and the highest ranked Festival in Tucson. Click here to see list.