Arizona Underground Film Festival is Arizona’s premier genre cult film festival, and one of the most recognized underground film festivals in the country! We make it our sole mission to showcase the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions. We are on a quest to represent every genre of independent film from across the world celebrating the artist, and their work.

Its our 15th year presenting some of the best in films from categories of Narrative, Horror, Documentaries, Experimental, and Animation. Join us in the underground!


“It’s got the vision and confidence of fests that have been around a lot longer.” - Filmmaker Magazine

“Prestigious festival” – The Huffington Post

“Unbeatable!” - Arizona Daily Star

“Truly Amazing” - Tucson Citizen

“AZUFF shed(s) light on the underground network… bringing independent films into the lime-light” - Yahoo News

“A Top-Notch Film Festival” - Trashwire

“A Real Powerhouse of a Festival” - Underground Film Journal

“A Wild Ride to the Edges of Visionary Independent Cinema” - Film Festival Examiner

We will be giving out awards to the Best Feature and Short for
Audience Award
and Director’s Award

Foreign language films must be dubbed or subtitled in English. You can include press kits or any other materials for your film. We have no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements. Over 60 minutes for features and under 60 minutes for shorts. The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If accepted we will notify filmmakers by email by August 28th, most times earlier.

Overall Rating
  • Zivar Hojati

    Thanks. This is exciting for me 🙏⚘

    October 2021
  • Ceyda Yagiz

    Happy to have taken part in 2021 Edition of Arizona Underground Film Festival. Many thanks to the festival organizers and programmers.

    October 2021
  • Thomas Marschall

    Arizona Underground Film Festival is a legend done by Pros for Pros,
    it was a big honor being there with ORDINARY CREATURES and next time we will hopefully meet face to face and celebrate together ;-).
    Thank you soo much for everything!
    Hugs from Vienna Austria
    Thomas Marschall and Team

    October 2021
  • Seeing the title of my movie on the marquee and watching the whole thing play in a theater was a dream come true and it was all I could have asked for. Being selected for screening by AZUFF was incredibly exciting for me and their hospitality was impeccable from the get-go. My whole experience in Tucson wasn't just about the film but it was also about making new friends and really appreciating the local culture. The Screening Room, Hotel Congress, the taco spot, Sonoran dogs, the dispensaries, *cough*, the record stores...all of that! Oh and the coffee porter! Thanks again, y'all!

    October 2021
  • Stephen King Simmons

    It was a true honor for our first horror feature "The Parker Sessions" to win Best Horror Feature of 2021. Arizona Underground Film Festival roots for true independent cinema. Spotlight the underdogs and cares about the artist's work. It shows in the way of great communication, hospitality and a great location to connect with the locals. Would love to return if they would have me back in the near future.

    October 2021