Welcome to the 8th Annual Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival. Our fest takes place in America's largest ghost town which was once coined as one of the Wickedest Towns in the West. We are not afraid to say that we think we host the coolest, most original and adventureous 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! Each year we seek high and low throughout Jerome to screen independent films in the most unexpected places. We have screened films on a train, at a haunted gold mine, inside wineries, at surprise hilltop residences, in the basement hallway of a spooky hundred year-old high school, and inside rustic buildings throughout Jerome. We do not screen any films in actual theaters. We magically create each and every theater from the ground up.

We are Arizona’s most ambitious and impassioned festival and have many new thrills up our sleeve for our 8th installment this year, which include the Wicked Wild Cinema Train, the Mad Hatter Wine & Tea Party, Starlit Film Screenings, A VIP Liberty Theatre event held in a historic theatre with a live performance by a string quartet and lastly, the ultra exclusive Dark Egg where guests won’t know where a secret film will be playing in Jerome, what band will be performing or what special food will be prepared for them. We create a truly one-of-a-kind cinematic adventure for our guests.

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

Join us for year 8 -September 23-26, 2021

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
  • Brandon Katcher

    Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival is a fantastic event for every filmmaker. Amazingly unique and special events and locations in the beautiful town of Jerome. The whole staff cares about films, and the support from both the festival and the other filmmakers is fantastic. I can only hope that Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival is an inspiration to new and budding festivals around the world. Most recommended!

    October 2019
  • Jason Kuchar

    Friendly and excellent communication with festival organizers in regards to online communication. Wasn't able to attend the festival in person, so I can't comment on the red carpet treatment or hospitality. But it looks great from what I'm seeing with the other comments, and hoping I can attend in the future for other film projects!

    November 2018
  • 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