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  • Arizona International Film Festival 2019
  • Festival Grand Prize - Mine 9
  • Best Dramatic Feature - Collisions
  • Best Indie Film - Wheels
  • Best Foreign Feature - Internment
  • Kast Hasa, Director - Internment
  • Best Documentary - Almost Ghosts
  • Best Foreign Documentary - The Meaning of Vanlife
  • Jim Lounsbury, Director - The Meaning of Vanlife
  • Best Music Documentary - RocKabul
  • Best Action Documentary - Blenio, Utah
  • Best Short Documentary - Shelter Me
  • Best Foreign Short - To Heaven, To Gather
  • Best Dramatic Short - Manhood
  • Best Comedy Short - Going Up
  • Best Experimental Short - Little Ghost Girl
  • Best Animated Short - Starvation
  • Best of Arizona - Mark Of The Banshee
  • Best of Indie Youth - Home
  • Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures - On the Tip of the Tongue
  • Special Jury Award for Best Performance - Shannon Murray in Rag Doll
  • Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking - Children of Bal Ashram
  • Special Jury Award for Innovative Filmmaking - Carlotta's Face
  • Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - The Mariachi and the Rattlesnake Witch
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - Tightly Wound
  • Jury Award for Creative Achievement - Totalité
  • AIFF Filmmaker Breakfast
  • Indie Blooming in the Desert

Newsflash

Indie Films Matter!!

Congrats to 2019 Arizona Film Fest filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audiences. 100 films, 22 countries, 12 days of indie bliss. Congrats to the 24 filmmakers from 9 countries that won awards. A record number of filmmakers attended their screenings as faraway as Albania, Australia, China and Taiwan  - what a great gathering of international talent.

Welcome to the 2019 Arizona International Film Festival

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,800 films representing 95 countries to over 160,000 patrons in southern Arizona. And now, the 28th edition will select more exciting and innovative films from around the world for Arizona audiences.

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Award-Winning Doc Closes Festival

Aloha! The award-winning documentary “Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe" closed the 2019 Arizona International Film Festival on Sunday, April 21 at 7:00pm. This amazing documentary inspires people to have pride and determination to steward and restore the Earth. Closing Night Party at the Highwire Gallery brought together filmmakers from Albania, Australia, China and Taiwan to exchange ideas and contacts for future projects. Indie Filmmakers Matter!

Read our Filmmaker Interviews in our ZINE!

Check out our ZINE!  Featuring insightful interviews with past festival  filmmakers.  Enjoy the newly added interviews with the directors of Dawning (China), Collisions (USA), Rag Doll (USA), To Hell and Gone (USA) and Mine 9 (USA).  Thank you to our Asian Cinema consultant, Andy Marco, based in Shanghai, for conducting these interviews.

Making Films is Challenging

An informative discussion with Festival filmmakers about facing production challenges head-on at the CONNECT with Filmmakers panel on the second Saturday at The Screening Room. Panelists included Tara Johnson-Medinger (director of My Summer as a Goth), documentarian Laurie Little (Totalité), writer Marc Feller (Evie) and Yuanhao Du (director of Patrick). If you missed this panel, you can catch it on Facebook.

Guess Who is Coming to the Festival

You never know who will drop in for their screening. From Rockabul, Qais, a member of the band featured and producer, Billy Gould, best known as the bassist of Faith No More held a lively Q&A after the screening. The filmmakers of Almost Ghosts from Spain presented their unusual documentary on Route 66 to an appreciative crowd. And Shannon Murray who gives a rousing performance in Rag Doll kept the audience in their seats with her energetic Q&A. Remember Indie Films Matter!!

Meet Our Visiting Filmmakers

Congrats to filmmakers Richard Perry (Six Days of Sistine) from London, Ellen Brodsky and Priscila Reyes (25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln) and Len Morris (Children of Bal Ashram) for their informative Q&A sessions. You can reprise them on our Facebook page.

Concert at Hotel Congress

 A great impromptu concert by Alana Sweetwater on Sunday when Alana performed the original soundtrack from APPLE SEED which had its world premiere at The Screening Room. The screening was a tribute to Rance Howard and his final performance.

The Making of TO HELL AND GONE

Thank you to Kyle Moore (director), Carr Cavendar (actor/producer) and Sean Carney (composer) for sharing their story about the making of "To Hell and Gone" on Saturday morning. If you missed this enlightening conversation, you can watch it on our Facebook page.

OPENING NIGHT FILM SOLD OUT

The 2019 Arizona International Film Festival is pleased to announce that the Opening Night film, GUEST ARTIST starring Jeff Daniels, was a sell-out.  The Opening Night Celebrations at the historic Hotel Congress was a smash.  Thank you Hotel Congress and Kai Carlson-Wee for reading your poetry.

2019 Festival Co-Chairs Announced

The Festival is pleased to announce that this year Festival Co-Chairs are David Slutes, the Entertainment Director of Hotel and Club Congress and Alba Jaramillo, a community leader in social justice and human rights and the arts. David is a vital leader in the Tucson music scene and has made many contributions to the growth of downtown Tucson. Alba is a stage actress and founder of Teatro Dignidad, a new theater company that stages plays that address human rights, and performed solo in their first play “Digna.”

Announcing 2019 Festival Line-up

The Selection Committee has released their selection of films including 28 features and 72 shorts from 22 countries for screening at the 28th anniversary Arizona International Film Festival.  The Selection Committee praised the quality and diversity of the record number of films submitted this year. Congratulations filmmakers!

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!  Hotel Tucson, where cinematic legend John Wayne used to stay, the historical Hotel Congress, which housed and aided in the arrest of infamous bank robber John Dillinger, the Ramada Inn located on the modern streetcar line 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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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.