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 14th 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
  • Incredible lineup of films and excellent communication and organization. David and the AZUFF team showed real dedication and talent in so seamlessly moving the festival online.

    December 2020
  • Chad Ferrin

    It was an honor having "The Deep Ones" play at the 2020 Arizona Underground Film Festival. This is the 3rd time I've had a film screen there and they never fail to put on an exciting event. David is beyond accommodating and I look forward to submitting the next one.

    October 2020
  • Michele Citoni

    The 2020 online edition was a high quality event. Sincere thanks to David Pike and all the staff. It was also nice to know that the festival will support the local arthouse theatre, where usually the AUFF takes place, and that there is a community of film lovers behind the staff's work: this gives the festival a very real meaning. I am very honored for the Best Documentary Short award given to my film "5x7".

    October 2020
  • A HUGE "thank you" to David and his staff for pulling off this festival during these trying times. The communication and organization were excellent. We hope to meet in person next year!

    September 2020
  • Nikhail Asnani

    So glad to be a part of this festival for another year! They've played so much of my work I'm truly appreciative. Was planning to attend in person this year but because of Covid it was online! Will def. make it to The Screening Room eventually!

    September 2020