• The Sounding - Festival Grand Prize
  • Father and Son - Best Foreign Feature
  • The Soup - Best Foreign Feature
  • And Violet - Best Dramatic Feature
  • Hunting Pignut - Best First Feature
  • Written Off - Best Documentary
  • RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save The Planet? - Best Environmental Documentary
  • Man in the Camo Jacket - Best Music Documentary
  • Blind Sushi - Best Documentary Short
  • Monday - Best Dramatic Short
  • Southern Edge of the Cloud - Best Short Feature
  • The Turtle - Best Global Short
  • Shy Guys - Best Comedy Short
  • Birdlime - Best Animated Short
  • Hairat - Best Experimental Short
  • The Dome - Best of Arizona
  • Plastic is Forever - Best of Indie Youth
  • Forbidden Cuba - Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures
  • City of Joy - Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking
  • Hana Mackenzie in And Violet - Special Jury Award for Best Performance
  • Father and Son - Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography
  • Given - Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography
  • Kosnin - Jury Award for Creative Achievement
  • Limbo - Jury Award for Creative Achievement
  • We R the World/Mold - Jury Award for Creative Achievement


Announcing 2018 Festival dates

The 27th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running and largest film festival in Arizona, will run from April 18 to 29, 2018 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 2018 Arizona International Film Festival

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,700 films representing 90 countries to over 156,000 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 27th Arizona International Film Festival. You can now submit your film to withoutabox.com or filmfreeway.com 

Finalists will be screened during the 2018 Festival scheduled for April 18-29 in Tucson, Arizona. Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2018 in the categories of narrative and documentary features, documentary, dramatic, comedy, experimental & animation shorts.

Volunteers needed for the 2018 Film Festival

Are you interested in behind-the-scenes work for the 2018 Arizona International Film Festival? Volunteers are needed for event planning, marketing, promotions, design, merchandise, office work, and much more. E-mail arizonafilmfest@yahoo.com and find out how you can be involved.

Call for Works by Young Filmmakers

The 2018 Arizona International Film Festival is looking for works by young filmmakers (18 and under) to be featured in our IndieYouth program.  Beginning in November 2017, 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 18 thru 27, 2018.

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.

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.

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.  

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You will get the latest updates, tips, insider info, reviews, specials, discounts and connect with other fest-goers.

A BIG Thank You!

Thank you to our IndieGogo contributors for Tucson Hot Damn:  Emily Abrahams, David Aguirre, Anne Mayer Dalton, C. Elliot, Pat Engle, Catherine Fey, Alicia Foley, Jen Foley, Onnie Heaney, Claudia Jespersen, Ross Molberg, Linda Ray, Hugo Scalinger, Mia Schnaible, David Sewell, Joe and Beth Smith

What A Show!!

Congrats to 2017 Arizona Film Fest filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audiences. 96 films, 20 countries, 12 days of indie bliss. Congrats to the 28 filmmakers from 10 countries that won awards. A record number of filmmakers attended their screenings as faraway as Vietnam and South Korea - what a great gathering of international talent.