Come celebrate 30 Years of Independents.

The 30th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in Arizona, will run from April 20 to April 30, 2022 at The Screening Room, the Mercado Annex, the historic Hotel Congress and other exhibition venues throughout Downtown Tucson.

The ongoing Festival theme of Bridging Cultures provides a way for independent cinema to share images and voices from diverse cultures with Arizona communities. Since 1990, the Arizona International Film Festival has screened over 3000 films from 100 countries to over 168,000 Arizonans of all ages.

Remaining true to the independent spirit, the Arizona International Film Festival is a venue for independent filmmakers in search of an independent audience.

Awards will be made to the BEST in each category. The BEST OF ARIZONA also will be awarded to an Arizona entry. Special Jury Awards are also made for Outstanding Cinematography in a feature, Best Performance in a feature, and a film that exemplifies "Bridging Cultures."

ELIGIBILITY
Open to independent works of all lengths in narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental categories.

- Films and videos entered in the festival must have been completed between
January 2020 and January 2022.
- Works entered should be an Arizona premiere.
- Arizona entries may have had one public Arizona screening.
- Entries must be in English or have English subtitles
- Entries may originate from any film or video format.
- For pre-screening, on-line screeners (Vimeo) are required.
- For festival screenings, finalists must supply a DCP drive (with Blu-Ray back-up),
flash drives, Blu-Ray and/or DVD in NTSC or PAL formats

CATEGORIES & AWARDS
Entries must be submitted in one of the following categories:
Feature (Narrative, Animated, Experimental) (over 60 minutes)
Short Feature (Narrative, Animated, Experimental) (30 – 60 minutes)
Documentary Feature (over 30 minutes)
Documentary Short (up to 30 minutes)
Dramatic Short (up to 30 minutes)
Comedy Short (up to 30 minutes)
Animated Short (up to 30 minutes)
Experimental Short (up to 30 minutes)
Short Shorts (Dramatic, Comedy, Animated, Experimental) (under 5 minutes)

If the pre-screening committee judges that it is in the best interest of the filmmaker to change the category of an entry, the committee reserves the right to do so. Awards will be made to the BEST in each category. The BEST OF ARIZONA also will be awarded to an Arizona entry.

JUDGING
All submitted entries are reviewed by media panels and evaluated according to content, form and technical aspects. Panel members and the festival director will determine the finalists for screening at the festival. Entrants will be notified by email as to the status of the entry.

Filmmakers, curators, educators and critics will select festival award recipients from the finalists to be screened at the festival. Judges reserve the right not to select a winner in any given category. All decisions by the judges are final.

ENTRY PROCEDURES
Forward your Vimeo on-line screeners to reelfrontier@gmail.com and/or DVD screener Publicity materials to: Arizona International Film Festival, PO Box 431, Tucson, AZ 85702, USA. Press kits and posters submitted with your entry will not be returned.

ENTRY FEES
$60/$50* for works submitted in feature categories
$40/$30* for works submitted in short categories
$25/$20* for works under 5 minutes

* Earlybird submitted by January 10, 2022

An entry fee must be paid for each submission. Fee covers administrative and handling costs and is non-refundable. All entry materials, fees and publicity materials must be received by the final deadline of January 30, 2022.

PUBLICITY MATERIALS
Entrants are advised to submit publicity materials (press kits, posters and publicity photos) with your entry as this facilitates the publicizing of your film if accepted. Press materials can be submitted in an electronic format (photos should be 300dpi).

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS
If selected, filmmakers will be informed of the procedures for downloading and/or shipping their entries. Finalists are responsible for the arrangements and cost of sending their exhibition copy to the festival by March 25, 2022. Once accepted, the filmmaker will be able to download their entry on the Festival server. If you are shipping your exhibition copy, clearly identify the title of the work on the shipping container.

RETURN SHIPPING OF ENTRY
The festival will cover the cost of return shipping within the United States. The festival will NOT pay for the cost of express shipping to other sites or international shipping. Please include payment to cover express or international shipping costs if required. Work screened at the festival will be shipped within 20 days of the close of the film festival unless other arrangements have been made.

LOSS & DAMAGE
Every care will be taken to safeguard entries while they are in the possession of the festival. However, if loss or damage occurs, the festival cannot accept or assume responsibility.

AGREEMENT
Entry into festival constitutes agreement with all festival rules and guidelines and implies permission to exhibit work during the festival.

For further Information:
E-Mail: reelfrontier@gmail.com
Web Site: www.filmfestivalarizona.com

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  • Christy Lee Hughes

    This was a wonderful experience! Our film Guardian screened at the 30th anniversary of the Arizona International Film Festival this year and it was great! The founders are lovely, the films are exceptional and the hospitality was delightful. We really enjoyed seeing the other films both at the outdoor venues and in the theater. The events, food, music and people were awesome. We met some talented filmmakers and made new friends. We will definitely go back and highly recommend this festival!

    May 2022
  • Filmes do Gajo

    Luís Soares attended this festival and everyone from the organization was super nice and welcoming. Loved to get to know Tucson and the directors that gathered there for this event. The programming had lots of awesome films within a wide range of styles, moods, influences, etc. There were some pearls that will be hard to find and watch again.

    May 2022
  • Amanda Kinsey

    I loved participating in AIFF. Though I wasn't able to make it in person, I still felt very much part of the community. A wonderful, supportive festival committed to storytellers from all walks of life. I felt this festival was particularly supportive of female filmmakers which I greatly appreciated.

    May 2022
  • Vanessa Valliere

    So pleased to earn a jury award for Gut Feelings! AIFF is one of the coolest fests in one of the best towns. Tucson is a gem. Thank you for including us this year.

    May 2022
  • Taylor Taglianetti

    Thank you for including Heirloom in this year's festival!

    May 2022