The 28th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in Arizona, will run from April 10 to April 21, 2019 at The Screening Room and other exhibition venues throughout Downtown Tucson.

The 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 2800 films from 95 countries to 160,000 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.

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 2018 and January 2019.
- 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) and/or DVD (NTSC or PAL formats) screeners are accepted.
- For festival screenings, finalists must supply a Blu-Ray and/or DVD in NTSC and PAL formats or DCP and/or USB hard drives.

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)
IndieYouth (filmmaker must be 18 or younger) (up to 15 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.

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.

On-line screeners to and/or DVD screener and publicity materials to: Arizona International Film Festival, PO Box 431, Tucson, AZ 85702, USA. DVDs, stills, press kits and posters submitted with your entry will not be returned.

$60/$50* for works submitted in feature categories
$40/$30* for works submitted in short categories
$25/$20* for works under 5 minutes
$10 for IndieYouth works

* Earlybird submitted by January 9, 2019

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 29, 2019.

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).

Clearly identify the title of the work on the shipping container. Finalists are responsible for arrangements and cost of shipping the exhibition print or tape to the festival by March 25, 2019.

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.

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.

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

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Overall Rating
  • Anita Abbasi

    Very happy and grateful for my experience at AZIFF Thank you to all those involved in making this so fun, casual but also sophisticated, with a real familial vibe. The audience this festival draws is unique and has a love of new cinema that is curious and respectful and all-round beautiful.

    May 2018
  • Niv Klainer

    Arizona International Film Festival is a true gem! Out of more than 50 festival screenings we've had with our short, the one at The Screening Room was one of the best. Great audience, fantastic team and above all, Tucson is magical!

    October 2017
  • Lexie Trivundza

    This was such an AWESOME festival! We had such a great time, the Q&A after the screening was perfect and we had a line around the block for our film. Mia and Giulio were fantastic!! Plus it was the coolest thing to see our film name up on the marquee!!

    October 2017
  • Martine Blue

    I highly recommend AIFF! The staff are champions of independent filmmaking. They appreciate and award unique and offbeat storytelling. They do everything in their power to ensure that your screening is worth travelling to Arizona for (we came all the way from Newfoundland, Canada). Once you screen there you become part of their family and they champion your film and current work like you wish your cast and crew did. I made amazing connections from all over the world and got to hang out in the exotic desert with saguaro cacti! Five stars to Giulio, Mia and their excellent team!!!

    July 2017
  • Robb S Garcia

    The festival was great! This is certainly a filmmaker's festival. Met some incredible people, saw some great films and inspired me to keep on doing what I do. I want especially thank Giulio, Mia, Claudia and all the staff and volunteers. They made me feel right at home. Thank you everybody and hope to be back soon. Jorge

    May 2017