Welcome to the 7th Annual Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival. Our fest takes place in America's largest ghost town that was once coined as one of the Wickedest Towns in the West. We are not afraid to say that we think we host one of the coolest, most unique and original film festivals in the world. Just ask Moviemaker Magazine who chose our festival one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world in 2017. https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/the-coolest-film-festivals-in-the-world-2017/

We are edgy, unexpected and are always looking for ways to surprise our guests. We show films on a train, have ghost tours at the Jerome cemetery, show films at a haunted gold mine, inside wineries and breweries, inside surprise hilltop residences, and in rustic, haunted buildings all through Jerome. We are one of Arizona’s most ambitious and impassioned festivals and have many new thrills up our sleeve for our 7th installment next year.

Filmmakers who submit to this festival have a special opportunity to have their films possibly screen at two festivals. If you are a documentary filmmaker, your film could be chosen to screen at Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival and/or its sister festival-the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale.

We can’t wait to meet you all on the hill and in the valley. Guests who arrive immediately become family members and return each year.

Join us for year 7 on September 26-29, 2019

We pride ourselves on presenting the winning filmmakers with one of a kind designer trophies created by local artisans that will be forever treasured for their beauty and uniqueness.

Screening submissions must be on DVD, region 1 or 0 in NTSC format.

Please do not send any promotional materials with your submission. We’ll let you know what we need when your film is accepted.

Please be sure to enter under the correct category. Less than 50 minutes will be considered a short, more than 50 minutes will be considered a feature. If you are not sure which category to submit to, please contact us.

Films may have distribution. There are no restrictions on premiere status.
The festival does not accept works in progress.
The exhibition formats for the festival are DVD, HDCam, and Blu Ray.

All entered films grant the Festival a non exclusive limited use agreement to use film promotional materials to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property.

Please complete a release form that can be found on the website and send it to:

Jerome 89A Indie Film Festival
2652 East Oakleaf Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85281

We wholeheartedly thank you for your interest in the Jerome 89A Indie Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Cora Selinger

    We were honoured to have "Never Been to War" chosen as an Official Selection for the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival. While we were unable to attend unfortunately, the communication was prompt, friendly and detailed, and the festival provided many networking opportunities and events around the main screenings - we were truly sad to have missed out on what looked to be a truly fun and memorable event.

    October 2018
  • This was my first time to Jerome and I loved everything about it. The films and filmmakers were so awesome and very cool. The town is something to see. Toni, Doreen, and the entire staff were so wonderful people and big supporters of indie filmmakers. A big thank you to all!

    October 2018
  • Robert Kirk

    We were indeed blessed to have been a part of the 6th Annual Jerome Indie Film Festival. I had never been to Jerome before but Movie Maker Magazine's description of the event as one of planet earth’s top 25 “Coolest Film Festivals” was no exaggeration! At an elevation of 5,000 feet Jerome is nestled on the side of Arizona’s black hills overlooking the Verde Valley. A former mining town but now a bustling artist community and tourist attraction the time spent there watching fines films, sipping fine wine and taking in the scenery on the Wild West Train ride made for a most enjoyable and relaxing weekend. Festival organizers Jason Ryan and Toni Ross were cordial and gracious hosts. I was indeed touched when, on the final evening, each guest received a bag of goodies. Mine included a rock with the scripture verse painted on it “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37. That is indeed a most fitting encouragement for the independent film maker! Another wonderful encouragement was the win for our film, Alien Anthropologists for Best Comedy short. Thank you Jason and Toni for your kindness, your encouragement and your hard work in making this year’s Jerome Indie Film Festival such a rewarding and enjoyable experience!! Yours truly, Robert Kirk

    October 2018
  • David Van Wie

    Jerome Film Festival was an amazing experience and I highly recommend all filmmakers, producers, directors, etc to apply for this film festival. Great venues, wonderful town, and professionally run. If you have a film, it needs to be submitted to this film festival!

    October 2018
  • Bradford Uyeda

    I know it's weird to give five stars for everything, but I would give ten if I could. Jerome Indie Film Festival was one of the best festivals I've ever been to. Great programming, wonderful people, perfect communication, awesome venues and a lot of fun. If you miss this festival you REALLY MISSED A LOT. Jerome Indie really is a festival for filmmakers and people who love genre movies. Thank you for having me. I will be back. 100%.

    October 2018