• Panavision Award for Best Cinematography in a US Feature - Megan Stacy for Balloon Animal
  • Festival Grand Prize - Nowhere Man And A Whiskey Girl
  • Best Dramatic Feature - Swamp Lion
  • Best Comedy Feature - Dealing With Dad
  • Best Indie Film - Love Gods From Planet Zero
  • Best Foreign Feature - Forbidden Womanhood
  • Best First Feature - Sweet Disaster
  • Best Documentary - Veterans Journey Home: Leaving it on the Land
  • Best Foreign Documentary - Laura's Choice
  • Best Environmental Documentary - Powerlands
  • Best Verité Documentary - One Road to Quartzsite
  • Best Short Documentary - When The Swallows Fly Away
  • Best Short Feature - Brother Troll
  • Best Dramatic Short - Burros
  • Best Foreign Short - First...
  • Best Indigenous Short - Seeds
  • Best Comedy Short - Preggers
  • Best Experimental Short - Living in a Bubble
  • Best Animation Short- fulcrum
  • Best of Arizona - 8000 Ft Up
  • Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures - Mariposas del Campo
  • Special Jury Award for Historical Filmmaking - Tantura
  • Special Jury Award for Best Performance - Michael Ray Escamilla in Swamp Lion
  • Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography - Thomas Zeller 
 for American Wall
  • Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling - The Tape
  • Special Jury Award for Sci-Fi Filmmaking - Fieldtrip
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - EVEREST: A Graphic Novel Opera
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - Gut Feelings
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - I Will Always Love You
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - Killing Curry


Festival Line-up To Be Announced

The Selection Committee will be announcing the finalists for the 2023 Festival by March 16 so stay tuned! The 31st Arizona International Film Festival, selected as the 8th Best of all Festivals in Arizona, will run from April 19 to 30, 2023 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.

Welcome to the 31st Arizona International Film Festival

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 3,200 films representing 100 countries to over 172,000 patrons in southern Arizona. And now, the 31st edition will select more exciting and innovative films from around the world for Arizona audiences.

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2023 Festival Dates Announced

The 31st Arizona International Film Festival, the oldest film celebration in Arizona, will run April 19 to April 30, 2023 at The Screening Room (downtown), the Mercado Annex (westside), the Loft Cinema, UA Main Gate, the Historic Hotel Congress, and other venues throughout Tucson. Remaining true to the independent spirit, the Arizona International Film Festival is a venue for independent filmmakers in search of an independent audience. 

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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.

Volunteers needed for the 31st Arizona International Film Festival

Are you interested in working behind-the-scenes for the 2023 Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson? Volunteers are needed for event planning, marketing, promotions, design, production, merchandise, office work, and much more. Contact us at arizonafilmfest@yahoo.com and find out how you can be involved.

Support INDIE FILM with a donation

Your donation will help us bring Filmmakers to Tucson for our 2023 Festival and into Arizona classrooms with our Festival in the Schools (FITS) program. Visiting Festival Filmmakers help to enrich the lives of Arizonans by bridging cultures when they share their talent, expertise, and knowledge with audiences and students. Please go to https://www.azgives.org/AZFilmFest to donate.

Read Insightful Filmmaker Interviews in our ZINE!

Check out our ZINE!  Insightful interviews with some of our award-winning festival  filmmakers.  Enjoy the interviews with the directors of Balloon Animal (USA), One Road to Quartzsite (USA), Dustwun (USA),  Ondine (Poland), Jump The Fence (USA), Whores on Film (USA),  Kite (China), and the cinematographer from She's In Portland (USA).  Thanks to our Zine editor, Andrew Marco for conducting these interviews.

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