• 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


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.

Welcome to the 2017 Arizona International Film Festival

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,600 films representing 90 countries to over 152,000 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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This Sunday - Best of the Fest

  • Blind Sushi

    Blind Sushi

    Eric Heimbold
    United States 2017, 17 min.

    A man who lost his eyesight refuses to pity himself and becomes an adventure writer. An environmentally conscious chef changes the paradigm of sushi cuisine... more ›

  • Tucson Hot Damn

    Tucson Hot Damn

    Jefferson Moneo
    Canada 2017, 18 min.

    A magical ride through "The Weird Capital of the World" featuring the music of Billy Sedlmayr, Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan... more ›

  • RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save The Planet?

    RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save The Planet?

    David McIlvride
    Canada 2016, 95 min.

    Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, RiverBlue follows international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, on a journey that uncovers the... more ›

  • Forbidden Cuba

    Forbidden Cuba

    Art Jones
    United States 2016, 81 min.

    Forbidden Cuba is a dramatic comedy shot guerrilla-style on location. It follows Gil Bigelow, an American middle manager sent by bosses on a covert... more ›


Sunday, May 7

Best of the Fest 1

Blind Sushi, RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save The Planet?

1:00pm: The Screening Room


Best of the Fest 2

The Sounding, Tucson Hot Damn

3:30pm: The Screening Room


Best of the Fest 3

Kosnin, Monday, Forbidden Cuba

6:00pm: The Screening Room


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Closing Night After Party at the Independent Distillery

Featuring Michael P. , a multi-instrumental, multi-genre musician who can make any audience happy and performs all over the United States and Southern Arizona playing rockabilly, blues, rock, folk, jazz and more; and Joel Ford, a drummer extraordinaire who is also adept on the guitar, washboard and other percussion instruments and can make music anywhere out of anything!  Together they share a love of Americana, Olde Tyme, Blues, and Rag music.

Closing Night at the Rialto

A fun-filled evening of live music, performance and the world premiere of Tucson Hot Damn at The Rialto Theatre tonight at 7pm. Featuring Billy Sedlmayr, Flam Chen, Magic Kenny Bang Bang and the Golden Boots Tropical Trio. It is "The Tucson Happening." And then the Closing Night After Party at the Independent Distillery with music by Michael P. and Joel Ford. What a way to end the 2017 Fest.

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

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.  

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.

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 19 thru 28, 2017.

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.

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