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
  • Steven Adam Renkovish

    Such an honor to be a part of this event! Thank you all so much!

    October 2022
  • Simply put, David Pike is great! He is attentive and responsive to filmmakers, cooperative and downright friendly. Last year my short film ZAP! won Best Narrative Short. We had a flawless, fun and full screening! There's a lot of good to be extracted from this Underground!

    July 2022
  • 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