The Flagstaff International Film Festival features the work of local, national, and international filmmakers, Q&A discussions, an awards ceremony, and a feature-length screenplay competition. It showcases a diverse collection of short films from emerging talents to established artists. In the heart of downtown Flagstaff, Arizona the audience will engage in a Saturday-Sunday film festival where they can celebrate their love for the cinema.

We will recognize a few filmmakers for their cinematic achievements, and whose work has captivated FIFF’s festival jury. Will we be offering (10) awards this year, and all winners will receive a trophy award and have their award listed on IMDB—

Best Short, Best Comedy, Best Animated, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Best Horror, Best Documentary, Best Foreign Language Film, Arizona Filmmaker Award, Visionary Artist Award, Best Screenplay


a) All entries must obtain the appropriate copyright clearances (i.e. music, archive footage, images, etc).

b) Please submit your film to only one genre.

c) Considered films are uploaded through FilmFreeway.

d) Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Entry fees are non-refundable.

e) Upon acceptance FIFF will ask for a 4K MOV or MP4 

file of your film.

f) Upon acceptance please include a brief synopsis of the film in no more than 150-words, and a high resolution image of the poster in both vertical and horizontal orientation.

g) Upon acceptance if the filmmaker does not meet the deadline requirements to receive the film, the film risks being pulled from the festival lineup and replaced by another.

By agreeing to the Rules and Terms, you transfer the Flagstaff International Film Festival the right to use excerpts of your submitted film, stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2024 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the festival.


a) FIFF has no premiere or exclusivity rule, we also consider work that is already online.

b) FIFF does not accept works in progress, but only completed films.

c) This year FIFF will not be accepting feature-length films, but we look forward to accepting longer form content in the future.

d) Please provide a password if the film is password protected per your submission.

e) Films outside of the US please submit under Foreign Language Film, and if the film is not in English it must be accompanied with English subtitles.

f) Arizona Film Requirements: At FIFF we support films that were made to tell Arizona stories. We ask that at least 50% of the film was made in Arizona, and over 50% of the crew reside in Arizona.

g) Entry into the festival guarantees the film to be in competition, and therefore have a chance at winning one of the awards listed.

h) Winners will be presented with their awards during the FIFF awards ceremony, which will take place at the festival on the last night. There will be no prior notification of the winners.

By submitting, you indicate that you have read, understood and comply with all the eligibility requirements of the festival, and of the categories for which you would like your film to be considered.

If you have further questions that was not mentioned here or on the website, please feel free to email:

Overall Rating
  • Sandra Gregory

    The Flagstaff International Film Festival rock it! I had a great time. Thank you for selecting my feature script as the winner for best screenplay.

    October 2023
  • Great location and fun event. Friendly hospitality with high quality films.

    October 2023
  • Sally Pitts

    While we couldn't attend to see our film screen I wanted to say that the folks at Flagstaff FF communicated with us through the whole process in a friendly and professional way. It seemed very organized and that there were plenty of great films and opportunities to meet other filmmakers.

    September 2023
  • Adam Ruiz

    For it's first festival, the Flagstaff International Film Festival was very quaint and the atmosphere of the Orpheum Theater made it a good venue to see films. There was some down time for us to walk around the city which had a very laid back vibe to it. Would have liked to see another mixer happen the day of the screenings, but looking forward to future events.

    September 2023
  • Our team was not able to attend FIFF this year, but we are honored to have screened our short, "Canned," which received the Visionary Artist Award. The festival has been excellent about communicating and swift in responding to questions. Thanks to the fest sincerely, and hope to visit Flagstaff at next year's event!

    September 2023