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Celebrating its fourteenth year in 2024, The Loft Film Fest (located in beautiful Tucson, Arizona) is dedicated to showcasing the best independent, foreign and classic films, as well as celebrating the work of established and emerging directors, writers, producers and actors. The Loft Film Fest, through its eclectic and diverse programming, aims not only to expand the audience for cinema that challenges, inspires and entertains, but also to honor those artists whose talent and passion bring that cinema to life.


Described by Filmmaker Magazine as being “geared truly toward cinephiles of nearly every stripe,” and praised for its “phantasmagorical programming … and astute choice of guests,” The Loft Film Fest was created in 2010 as a showcase for the very best independent, foreign and classic cinema. For nine days in October, The Loft Film Fest provides an intimate and unique setting for film fans to experience hand-selected festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, etc., and to meet internationally-renowned artists from the world of independent cinema.

Special guests of The Loft Film Fest have included acclaimed filmmakers such as Carlos Reygadas, Alex Cox, Chris Eyre, Larry McMurtry, Charles Burnett, Don Coscarelli, The Zellner Brothers, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kirby Dick, Richard Kelly, and Allison Anders; celebrated actors including Bruce Dern, Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Jon Lovitz, Udo Kier, Alfonso Arau, Illeana Douglas, Rita Moreno, Curtis Armstrong, Wes Studi, Lily Gladstone, Jaqueline Bisset, and Gary Farmer; and industry legends such as Roger Corman, recipient of the 2012 “Lofty Achievement Award.”

The Loft Film Fest, produced by the award-winning, non-profit Loft Cinema, is fiercely committed to continuing its tradition of bringing world-class film festival programming to Tucson, connecting audiences with artists and celebrating the unique spirit of independent cinema.

The Loft Film Fest is the only American festival member of the CICAE, the International Confederation of Art Houses. Founded in 1955, the CICAE is a network of 4,000 screens and 22 international film festivals that work to increase audience for excellent international independent films. The CICAE award is designed to bring attention to excellent films in order for them to be seen in art houses around the world. The CICAE award is given out at festivals including the Berlinale Forum and Panorama, the Sarajevo International Film Festival, the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

The Loft Film Fest also produces Loft Film Fest on the Road, a community-building program that takes unexpected films for free screenings in underserved and unserved rural areas, providing a unique cultural experience. The movies will travel across Southern Arizona in The Loft Solar Cinema, a cargo van outfitted with solar panels (donated by Technicians for Sustainability) to power a 20-foot inflatable screen and state-of-the-art mobile projection system.

JJ Giddings (Festival Co-Director ) ; Jeff Yanc (Festival Co-Director) ; Ernie Quiroz (Festival Co-Director); Mike Plante (Programming Consultant); Peggy Johnson (Executive Director)

Lofty Achievement Award
Audience Award for Short Films
CICAE Art Cinema Award (Juried)

We accept all kinds of films, all genres, all lengths, with a production year of 2023 or 2024. Features are 60 minutes or longer, shorts are less than 60 minutes long.

All films must be Tucson film festival premieres.

Overall Rating
  • Austin Wood

    The Loft Film Fest was a fantastic Festival to start the festival circuit with. They were very welcoming and helpful along they way and made the experience of being at the festival so great. The team at The Loft was so positiv and wonderful. It was a great experience and I love the theaters at the loft. Thank you for including my film and I can’t wait to be back!

    October 2023
  • Cleo Handler

    i was so excited to be part of this festival! excellent films, very welcoming programmers, easy and smooth communication, and lots of filmmaker support all around!! great people running an awesome event and celebration of high-quality new films - i loved my experience there and would highly recommend applying!!

    October 2022
  • Incredible team of programmers, theatre staff, and volunteers that created a warm and creative environment. you could feel the shared passion of movies and what they mean to the team throughout the whole fest. And what a lineup of films!

    November 2021