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 17th 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
  • Pirie Martin

    Excellent festival, and a very helpful and communicative team. I was thrilled to be a part of it!

    January 2024
  • Anders Elsrud Hultgreen

    I had a great experience of be selected to this year Arizona Underground Film Festival.
    I was not able to go there in person, but I won the award for best horror short film.
    The dialogue with the festival was great and the festival did a good promotion of my film.

    November 2023
  • Great festival. Honoured that my work "Joyride" was included

    October 2023
  • Fantastic underground vibe, so thankful to have been selected!

    October 2023
  • Eric Schumacher

    This is a terrific small festival run by people who care. Several films and series I was involved with have been accepted to this festival over the years and it has been a really lovely experience each time. The festival takes place at a cozy independent movie theater in the lively downtown area of Tucson, Arizona.

    October 2023