Tucson, Arizona's most unique film festival is the perfect place to screen your film, at the perfect time of the year. With a focus on both documentary and narrative stories, we're looking for films that tell stories to an audience that's smart, sophisticated and savvy. We're looking for storytellers and stories that focus on; history, culture, fashion, food, tech and music in traditional and experimental forms, in both short and feature length. Our top-notch venues and screening technology will make your film shine and our parties are something to write home about. Become a part of cinema history in Tucson, one of the West's most iconic & prolific filming locations, by being a part of Film Fest Tucson.

Audience awards will be awarded in both short & feature film categories.

Submitted films must have been completed within the last 2 years (prior to the 2024 festival dates) to be eligible for entry and have not had a public screening in the state of Arizona previously.

Films MAY have distribution and still be considered for inclusion but should not be scheduled to begin any theatrical run before the festival dates (October 10-12, 2024). Premier status is not required but is encouraged whenever possible. Films with a scheduled VOD & SVOD are eligible to be screened as long as that run does not overlap with the festival's dates.

Films must be in English or have English subtitles
Films may be submitted in any film or video format
Online screeners are preferred
Some screenings of films MAY be possible DCP in 2024
2 copies of all accepted films must be delivered as an MP4, Blu-Ray and/or DVD in NTSC formats

All submitted films will be reviewed by multiple members of a screening committee. Committee members and the festival director will determine the final accepted films to screen at the festival. Entrants will be notified by email as to the status of the entry if accepted or not. Awards will be determined following audience balloting and announced at the conclusion of the festival.

Any submitted DVDs, stills, press kits and posters will not be returned after judging or presentation at the festival (if selected).

An entry fee is due for each submission. This fee covers the administrative and handling costs and is non-refundable. Make a check or money order payable to: Film Fest Tucson.

All entry materials, fees, and publicity materials must be received by the final deadline of June 17, 2024.

Entrants are advised to submit publicity materials along with their film (press kits, posters and publicity photos) as this facilitates the publicizing of your entry if accepted. Press materials can be submitted in an electronic format (photos should be 300dpi).

Clearly identify the title of the film on the mailing package. Finalists are responsible for arrangements and the cost of shipping the exhibition film to the festival by September 14, 2024.

We will cover the cost of return shipping within the United States only. The festival does NOT pay for the cost of shipping to international locations. Work screened at the festival will be shipped within 21 days of the close of the film festival unless other arrangements have been made.

Care will be taken to protect 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 the festival constitutes agreement with all festival rules and guidelines and implies permission to exhibit work during the festival up to 2 times. Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to screen portions of any accepted work for promotional purposes on local television.

For further information contact the Festival Director.

Overall Rating
  • Rob Barros

    Film Fest Tucson was great. They partnered with Tucson Modernism Week and a special screening for my architecture documentary in a particularly meaningful venue... A building designed by the architect that the film was about. Thank You!

    November 2019
  • Dan Guerrero

    Wonderfully run and executed festival. Filmmakers are treated beautifully. Excellent in every way including the venue. A very positive experience and glad to have attended.

    November 2019
  • Mailuki Films

    A so beautiful surprise. Definitely, we will submit a lot of new shorts next year.
    Mailuki Films team

    October 2016