• <strong>Festival Grand Prize</strong>: You Go to My Head
  • <strong>Best Foreign Feature</strong>: Lost & Found
  • <strong>Best Dramatic Feature</strong>: The Divide
  • <strong>Best Action Feature</strong>: The DMZ
  • <strong>Best Documentary</strong>: The Blessing
  • <strong>Best Foreign Documentary</strong>: A Sniper's War
  • <strong>Best Environmental Documentary</strong>: Living in the Future's Past
  • <strong>Best Music Documentary</strong>: Late Blossom Blues
  • <strong>Best Documentary Short</strong>: My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes
  • <strong>Best Dramatic Short</strong>: Hacia el Sol
  • <strong>Best Comedy Short</strong>: Over the Hill
  • <strong>Best Animation Short</strong>: Negative Space
  • <strong>Best of Arizona</strong>: Jay
  • <strong>Best of Indie Youth</strong>: Changyou's Journey
  • <strong>Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures</strong>: Madhattan
  • <strong>Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking</strong>: Elvis Walks Home
  • <strong>Special Jury Award for Best Performance</strong> to <strong>Perry King</strong> in The Divide
  • <strong>Special Jury Prize for Innovative Filmmaking</strong>: MexMan
  • <strong>Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography in a Feature</strong>: You Go To My Head
  • <strong>Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography in a Documentary</strong>: Living in the Future's Past
  • <strong>Jury Award for Creative Achievement</strong>: Down Escalation
  • <strong>Jury Award for Creative Achievement</strong>: Chrysalis
  • <strong>Jury Award for Creative Achievement</strong>: Wanderland

Newsflash

What A Show!!

Congrats to 2018 Arizona Film Fest filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audiences. 85 films, 22 countries, 12 days of indie bliss. Congrats to the 25 filmmakers from 15 countries that won awards. A record number of filmmakers attended their screenings as faraway as Albania and South Korea - what a great gathering of international talent.

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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Festival Award Winners

  • You Go To My Head

    You Go To My Head

    Dimitri de Clercq
    Belgium, 2018, 116 min.

    Awarded:
    Festival Grand Prize

    In a desolate stretch of the Sahara, a mysterious car accident leaves a young woman lost and alone. Jake, a reclusive architect, finds her unconscious. He... more ›

  • The Divide

    The Divide

    Perry King
    United States, 2018, 104 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Dramatic Feature

    Set in drought-plagued Northern California in 1976, The Divide chronicles the story of Sam Kincaid (Perry King), an aging rancher with a failing... more ›

  • Lost & Found

    Lost & Found

    Liam O Mochain
    Republic of Ireland, 2017, 92 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Foreign Feature

    Lost & Found is a feature film with 7 interconnecting stories set in and around a lost & found office of an Irish train station. All segments... more ›

  • The DMZ

    The DMZ

    In-chun Oh
    South Korea, 2018, 93 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Action Feature

    The Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) is the most dangerous zone in the world, established on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean... more ›

  • The Blessing

    The Blessing

    Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein
    United States, 2018, 72 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Documentary

    Personal and crucial, The Blessing follows Lawrence, a Navajo coal miner raising his secretive daughter as a single father, struggling with his part... more ›

  • Living in the Future's Past

    Living in the Future's Past

    Susan Kucera
    United States, 2018, 84 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Environmental Documentary

    Academy Award® Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental... more ›

  • Late Blossom Blues

    Late Blossom Blues

    Wolfgang Pfoser--Almer
    Austria, 2017, 90 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Music Documentary

    Born in 1932 in rural segregated Mississippi, Blues- and Gospel singer Leo "Budâ" Welch has been a poor man all his life, working hard in the cotton... more ›

  • A Sniper's War

    A Sniper's War

    Olya Schechter
    United States, 2018, 82 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Foreign Documentary

    A Sniper's War is a story of a sniper, whose anti-US views led him to join the pro-Russian rebels in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict -- a primary... more ›

  • My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes

    My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes

    Charlie Tyrell
    Canada, 2018, 14 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Documentary Short

    MY DEAD DAD'S PORNO TAPES is as provocative an examination of life as it sounds. Prompted by his father's death, director Charlie Tyrell pursues a deeper... more ›

  • Hacia el Sol

    Hacia el Sol

    Monica Santis
    United Kingdom, 2017, 20 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Dramatic Short

    A 12 year old girl confronts her scarring past when she is placed at an immigrant children's shelter for unaccompanied minors in Texas. As her future hangs in... more ›

  • Over the Hill

    Over the Hill

    Marty Fortney
    United States, 2018, 12 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Comedy Short

    A hip Hollywood couple finally moves to the San Fernando Valley, where things are always as they seem..... more ›

  • Negative Space

    Negative Space

    Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata
    France, 2017, 6 min.

    Awarded:
    Best Animated Short

    My dad taught me how to pack... more ›

  • Jay

    Jay

    Nickolas Duarte
    United States, 2017, 20 min.

    Awarded:
    Best of Arizona

    A story about Jay Kyle Petersen, a man who paints. Except it's not that simple. At all. It's about something much more complicated and strange and haunting and... more ›

  • Changyou's Journey

    Changyou's Journey

    Perry Chen
    United States, 2017, 6 min.

    Awarded:
    Best of Indie Youth

    A cancer-stricken father reminisces about his life through his young son's animated film... more ›

  • The Divide

    The Divide

    Perry King
    United States, 2018, 104 min.

    Awarded:
    Special Jury Award for Best Performance

    Set in drought-plagued Northern California in 1976, The Divide chronicles the story of Sam Kincaid (Perry King), an aging rancher with a failing... more ›

  • Madhattan

    Madhattan

    Carolyn Constantine ACS
    Australia, 2017, 54 min.

    Awarded:
    Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures

    Innovation, community, overcoming adversity and following your dreams; the colourful personal and creative journey of outback Australian milliner Felicity... more ›

  • Elvis Walks Home

    Elvis Walks Home

    Fatmir Koci
    Albania, 2017, 94 min.

    Awarded:
    Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking

    The false ˜Mickey Jones˜ is marooned in the 1990 Balkan wars - carrying a guitar and wearing an Elvis Presley jumpsuit. He meets a group of refugee... more ›

  • MexMan

    MexMan

    Josh Polon
    United States, 2018, 89 min.

    Awarded:
    Special Jury Award for Innovative Filmmaking

    Germán Alonso is a young artist and filmmaker striving to complete his first feature film, while plagued by the ghost of a long-lost love and a battle... more ›

  • You Go To My Head

    You Go To My Head

    Dimitri de Clercq
    Belgium, 2018, 116 min.

    Awarded:
    Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography

    In a desolate stretch of the Sahara, a mysterious car accident leaves a young woman lost and alone. Jake, a reclusive architect, finds her unconscious. He... more ›

  • Living in the Future's Past

    Living in the Future's Past

    Susan Kucera
    United States, 2018, 84 min.

    Awarded:
    Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography

    Academy Award® Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental... more ›

  • Wanderland

    Wanderland

    Josh Klausner
    United States, 2018, 90 min.

    Awarded:
    Jury Award for Creative Achievement

    Seeking an escape from his isolated life in New York City, Alex accepts a mysterious invitation to house-sit a picturesque 'Enchanted Cottage' on Long Island... more ›

  • Down Escalation

    Down Escalation

    Shunsaku Hayashi
    Japan, 2018, 7 min.

    Awarded:
    Jury Award for Creative Achievement

    Falling down, it feels ecdysone is filling up its body. Delving into the deeper layers of itself, the flesh is melted down in the shell until the form is no... more ›

  • Chrysalis

    Chrysalis

    Ina Conradi
    Singapore, 2017, 6 min.

    Awarded:
    Jury Award for Creative Achievement

    Chrysalis is a tale of personal struggles and endurance. The film is based on an old legend about the butterfly's struggles to evolve... more ›

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Read 2018 Filmmaker Interviews in our ZINE!

Check out our ZINE! New interviews with 2018 participating filmmakers are now being posted.  Enjoy the interviews with the directors of Three Wishes (China), Rodents of Unusual Size (USA), The DMZ (South Korea), Lost & Found (Ireland), The Divide (USA) and A Sniper's War (Ukraine).  Thank you to our Asian Cinema consultant, Andy Marco, based in Shanghai, for conducting these interviews.

Doc Filmmakers Speak Out!

Join documentary filmmakers Hunter Robert Baker & Jordan Fein (The Blessing), Madeleine Torneman (The Right To be Wild), Nickolas Duarte (Jay) and Timothy Gassen (All You Need Is Fuzz)) in a lively discussion about the ups and downs of documentary filmmaking on Sunday, April 29, 11am at The Screening Room, 127 East Congress.  Panel will stream live on Facebook.

Celebrating Short Films

Join a band of filmmakers who have made short films an art on Sunday, April 22, 11am at The Screening Room, 127 East Congress. Moderated by Irish filmmaker Liam O Mochain (Lost & Found), the panel will include Craig Dean Devine and Colleen Donovan (Levi), Sevgi Cacina (Ghosted), Anita Abbasi (Mariah ¡que baile!) and Howon Kim (Jungmin's Adult Comics). Panel will stream live on Facebook.

Connect with International Filmmakers

Join international filmmakers Liam O Mochain (Lost & Found), In-chun Oh (The DMZ Zone), and Alessandro Molatore (My Tourette's) in a lively discussion about the ups and downs of indie filmmaking on Saturday, April 21, 11am at The Screening Room, 127 East Congress.  Panel will stream live on Facebook.

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.

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