BEST OF THE FEST ENCORE
Come see award-winning films and audience favorites from the 2013 Arizona International Film Festival on Saturday, May 11 starting at 7:00pm as part of the 2nd Saturdays Downtown activities, FREE admission. Don't miss these exciting films that wowed Festival audiences!
Welcome to the 2013 Arizona International Film Festival
Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,260 films representing 90 countries to over 138,000 patrons in southern Arizona. And now, we are honored to announce the winning films of the 2013 Arizona International Film Festival.
Please click here for the official Awards list.
Festival Award Winners
United States, 2012, 74 min.
Awarded: Best Foreign Documentary
The lives of Guy, Alfred, and Nanou are inseparable from their farmland and animals. With their neighbors and a few newcomers, they continue to celebrate... more ›
United States, 2012, 5 min.
Awarded: Special Jury Award for Music Short
A magician coaxes a beautiful chanteuse to perform like a living doll, and a young man In the audience falls in love with her archetypal femininity... more ›
Bill Yahraus/Robin Rosenthal
United States, 2012, 89 min.
Awarded: Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures
It's a daredevil ballet, a tradition arising out of female trick riders during the Mexican Revolution. In striking costumes, teams of eight women ride... more ›
United States, 2012, 13 min.
Awarded: Best Animated Short
After living in the woods amongst the wolves, a wild child struggles to adjust to the harsh human world where his survival instincts fail him... more ›
Alí Allié/Ruben Reyes
Honduras, 2012, 99 min.
Awarded: Best Narrative Feature
A Garifuna language teacher struggles to preserve his indigenous Honduran culture in the face of the encroaching western influence of the tourism industry. The... more ›
India, 2012, 22 min.
Awarded: Best Documentary Short
Victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, referred to as “26/11,” recount what they saw and heard during the shootings and bombings that ended with over... more ›
Walter Größbauer/Claudia Pöchlauer
India, 2012, 90 min.
Awarded: Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography
As a child, Bhupinder Chauhan dreamt of seeing the ocean. Before starting his job of running a meditation center, he takes a train south from New Delhi to the... more ›
Republic of Ireland, 2012, 8 min.
Awarded: Special Jury Award for Animation
Discarded pieces of culturally significant folk furniture are given new life in this animated documentary shot in an environmentally friendly way in rural... more ›
United States, 2012, 15 min.
Awarded: Best of IndieYouth
An Apache girl comes of age in a traditional ceremony... more ›
United States, 2012, 15 min.
Awarded: Best Comedy Short
In this surreal, offbeat story about a cockroach and the human woman he loves, even a brutish husband can't stand in the way of happiness... more ›
Mexico, 2012, 12 min.
Awarded: Jury Award for Dramatic Filmmaking
A narco-blogger stands up to Mexican drug cartels and resists their intimidation after a life-changing experience with a convenience store clerk... more ›
Brazil, 2012, 77 min.
Awarded: Special Jury Award for Investigative Filmmaking
In the early 1960s, Brazil’s democratically-elected leaders pressed for social justice, national development, and agrarian reform. After Castro’s... more ›
Habiba Nosheen/Hilke Schellmann
Pakistan, 2013, 40 min.
Awarded: Best Documentary
In 2007, 13-year-old Kainat Soomro accused four village men of kidnapping and gang-raping her, but village elders want her killed or outlawed for disgracing... more ›
Poland, 2012, 25 min.
Awarded: Best Short Film
After being badly beaten by the other kids, little Peter escapes the orphanage and goes on an adventure that will change his life... more ›
Yael Bridge/Helen Hood Scheer
United States, 2012, 8 min.
Awarded: Jury Award for Documentary Filmmaking
As a child, Jean delighted in creating something out of nothing. Today, her lifelike dolls travel to homes around the globe... more ›
United States, 2012, 17 min.
Awarded: Best Dramatic Short, Best Performance in a Short Film
A young girl with a traumatized past attempts to live a normal life among the denizens of Rockaway, Queens, NY... more ›
United States, 2012, 8 min.
Awarded: Best Experimental Short
Inspired by the words of Brazilian poet, playwright, and composer Vinicius de Moraes, this story of a relationship is told by... more ›
Valenti Figueres Jorge
Spain, 2012, 129 min.
Awarded: Festival Grand Prize
Through archival footage, this unusual experimental film reveals the curious and amazing story of Maxim, an actor, forger, Hollywood producer, instigator of... more ›
United States, 2012, 95 min.
Awarded: Special Jury Award for Best Performance
Luke, a young man with autism, takes the advice of his grandfather and proceeds on a quest to live his own life and “be a man.” This comedy follows... more ›
France, 2013, 86 min.
Awarded: Best Foreign Feature
Down-and-out Theo has no choice but to take the menial job of babysitting resistant little Leo, whose negligent parents have left him socially... more ›
Tony Buba/Tom Dubensky
United States, 2013, 79 min.
Awarded: Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking
In October 2009, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced that Braddock Hospital would close in 90 days. Taken by surprise, community residents... more ›
United States, 2013, 32 min.
Awarded: Best of Arizona
In 1959, Catalina High Schoolers Burt Schneider and Ray Lindstrom attended their school dance to be blown away by classmate Jack Wallace’s... more ›
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Filmmakers in the Schools
Attention librarians, writing and drama teachers, elementary teachers, CTE, media and photography teachers! Would you like a filmmaker to visit your class? Email our Director of Education, Suzanne Borth, at FestivalintheSchools@gmail.com for reservations. Filmmakers will be available April 12 thru 26, 2013.
Our Festival-in-the-Schools program (FITS) is celebrating 15 years of bringing together youth with visiting independent filmmakers. Watch here to learn more about FITS.
Volunteers needed for the 2014 Film Festival
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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.