The 9th annual Apex Short Film + Music Festival will be hosted at The Screening Room theatre in sunny downtown Tucson, Arizona in February 2023. An $8 day pass will get you unlimited access to exclusive short films and music videos from around the world, Q&A panels with filmmakers, and live performances from local musicians.

We accept music videos and short films up to 15 minutes in length, completed within the past 2 years.

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  • I'm not really sure what to say about this festival. I received some communication early on but nothing as the festival approached. I'm not even sure my film screened since its not listed on the site or social page. Very strange.

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your comment. Your film screened in our fourth block on the schedule. We emailed you via FilmFreeway on January 8th, and you replied to us. We then replied to your email on January 9th from hello@apexfest.org, but we never received a reply to that email. Perhaps our mail was filtered to your spam folder — we've had that issue with other filmmakers in the past. We list our email address under the "Contact" section of our page here on FilmFreeway, so hopefully filmmakers will whitelist us or add us to contacts when they submit. We're sad to hear you didn't get our second email, but at least by posting this review you've given us an opportunity to reply to you here. Thank you for being part of our event this year.

  • Jack Foley

    Apex is an outstanding festival and we were honored to have our film screened there in 2022. We flew out from New Jersey and it was well worth it. The theater is excellent and there was a a large, enthusiastic audience in attendance. The Q and A was a blast since there is a thriving film community in Tucson and many turn out for the festival. Hoping to visit again.

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for making the trip out, and for participating in our Q&A panel! We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

  • Bradford Uyeda

    APEX is such a great festival. This is my second project to get shown at APEX. The enjoyment and excitement of screening your film for film buffs and fellow filmmakers is always fun. Many thanks and looking forward to the next one!

    March 2021
  • Harrison Fleming

    Amazing festival, great communication. Did a fantastic job of moving the festival online, looking forward to being there in person one day.

    March 2021
  • Vanessa Leigh

    Honored to win Best Film this year. The virtual screening experience was great, and I look forward to many more years of this fest sharing wonderful films.

    February 2021