WE ARE OFFERING A 40% DISCOUNT ON SUBMISSIONS UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST. Use code SPECIAL2018 to get the discount. This is the biggest discount we have ever offered or will offer for the 2018 festival so take advantage of it while you can.

Submit to the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival!! We were just recognized this year as one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by Moviemaker Magazine and we couldn't be more thrilled.


Check out some live broadcasts from our 2017 festival.


Our festival is one of the most original, adventurous and coolest you can imagine. It takes place in Jerome, Arizona (America’s largest ghost town and once coined Wickedest Town in the West). Throughout the four day festival, independent films screen at various unexpected locations which include (among others) historic, probably haunted buildings in Jerome which just happens to be America's largest ghost town such as inside wineries, in funky stilted homes hosted by residents, inside the old high school hallway and on a train that travels through the majestic Verde canyons (this year at night). We thrive on giving our guests an unexpected cinematic ride. We also have local musicians performing all during the weekend, we have the RPM Orchestra perform a live score to a different silent film each year, we have food and wine tastings and even a film fair on Saturday.

To pay homage to the fact the festival takes place in America's largest ghost town, each year we highlight horror films with two short showcases. We do the same for westerns. These are two areas that we put an emphasis on as they celebrate the wild west and also the mystery and ghosts Jerome in known for.

It's the coolest down-to-earth, mile-high fest in the west.

We can’t wait to meet you all on the hill and in the valley.

Join us for year 6 - September 27-30, 2018

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
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    Alan Lacy

    The Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival is a fantastic festival, and was an amazing opportunity to screen my film in a unique location unlike any other! The venues were great, the music was awesome, and people amazing. One of the coolest film festivals in the world, I highly recommend this festival to any filmmaker looking for a great experience!

    November 2017
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    diana stoneberg

    Fantastic Festival. Bands, trains, haunted venues, well deserved top 25 coolest film festivals.

    September 2017
  • One fine film festival. If you get a chance be sure a attend.

    September 2017
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    Eric Schumacher

    Terrific festival. Our guys had so much fun there and the screening was wonderful. Communication was a littl spotty until we reached the overall festival contact who was wonderful. Great networking and we appreciated the warm welcome.

    September 2017
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    Steven Zlotowski

    Great festival and destination. Lots of film makers joined the crowd, and the whole vibe is fun, with just the right amount of quirky. As a first-time filmmaker, the opportunity for Q&A for all the films was a great format to both learn and be heard. Loved being there. Thank you Jerome.

    September 2017