Browse films

  • Festival Grand Prize - Marghe and Her Mother
  • Best Dramatic Feature - She's in Portland
  • Best Indie Film - Dustwun
  • Best Foreign Feature - Toprak
  • Best Documentary - Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse
  • Best Music Documentary - After So Many Days
  • Best First Feature - Jump The Fence
  • Best Short Feature - Ondine
  • Best Short Documentary - Charlie's Lot
  • Best Dramatic Short - Generation Lockdown
  • Best Foreign Short - Anna
  • Best Comedy Short - Moneybag Head
  • Best Experimental Short - Tides
  • Best Animation Short - Daughter (Dcera)
  • Best of Arizona - Soledad
  • Best of Indie Youth - Diamond Game
  • Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures - Whores On Film
  • Special Jury Award for Best Performance to Tawny Cypress in Inez & Doug & Kira
  • Special Jury Award for Historical Filmmaking - Let the People Decide
  • Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography to Devin Whetstone for She's in Portland
  • Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling - Woman of the Photographs
  • Special Jury Award for Animation - If Anything Happens I Love You
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - A Handful of Dates
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - Kite
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - My Dinner with Werner


Long Live Indie Film!

Congrats to all 2021 Arizona Film Fest filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audiences who perservered to make this hybrid festival happen. We presented 99 films from 20 countries, held 7 outdoor screenings, streamed 32 film programs and 10 panels, virtually visited 6 schools and scheduled 1 treasure hunt.  While limited with in-person presentations, it still was a great gathering of independent talent and vision. 

Welcome to the 29th 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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Read Insightful Filmmaker Interviews in our ZINE!

Check out our ZINE!  Insightful interviews with festival  filmmakers.  Enjoy the newly added interviews with the directors of Dustwun (USA) Hell of a Heartache (USA), Jump The Fence (USA), Whores on Film (USA), My Dinner with Werner (USA) and the cinematographer from She's In Portland (USA).  Thanks to our Zine editor, Andy Marco, based in Shanghai, for conducting these interviews.

Free Online Filmmaking Panels

Five more exciting online filmmaking panels to particpate in.. Topics will include  distribution (April 21), documentary filmmaking (April 22), behind-the-scenes filmmaking (April 24), screenwriting (April 25), and a special workshop with Panavision on Friday, April 23. All panels are at 3pm. See panels for more information. 

AIFF filmmakers reach out to young audiences

Special thanks to 2021 Arizona International Film Festival filmmakers who participated in this year's Festival In The Schools (FITS) program. Genevieve Anderson, Jacob Bricca, Will Francome, Gavin Guerra, Mamdooh Salih and John Sheedy reached out into our community and presented their work and vision to students at CAPE School - Detention, Desert View High School, Magee Middle School, Morenci High School and North High School (in Phoenix). Students and filmmakers were inspired by the exchange of ideas.

ARTIST TALK with Wayne Martin Belger

Wayne is a photography-based installation artist whose exhibitions consist of both the hand-made camera and photographs produced by the camera. Each camera is created for a specific body of work, containing artifacts specific to that area of study. Wayne discussed his approach to photography and demonstrated his hand-made "skull" camera.  Program included a screening of The Beauty of Decay, a documentary about Wayne.

Arizona Filmmakers Under-The-Stars Screening

Thank you to the Arizona filmmakers for giving us such a diverse collection of short films. An excited audience enjoyed the creative visions of Arizona filmmakers working in comedy, documentary, experimental and dramatic genres. 

Opening Night SOLD OUT

The 29th Arizona International Film Festival opened with an under-the-stars screening of the Arizona-made film, DUSTWUN, at the Mercado Annex Festival Grounds on Wednesday, April 14. The evening opened with a taped message from US Congressman Raul Grijalva and a welcome by the Mayor of Tucson, Regina Romero. The Festival honored 2 frontline medical nurses (female and male)) from neighboring St. Mary's Hospital and a special poem "Our Masked Super Heroes" by Festival poet Nina Welch was read. Covid safety protocols were observed. 

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