Well, it's the glorious time of the year when we are open for submissions. We're super excited for the 20th Annual Phoenix Film Festival and we want you to be too. During our 11 day festival, we have the pleasure of entertaining 28,000 people with awesome films from so many great filmmakers.

Our festival happens from March 26 through April 5th in the very northeast corner of Phoenix on the border of Scottsdale. We have a fancy theatre, responsive audiences and plenty of cool kids on our staff to make this the greatest experience of your life. Or at the least, pretty damn good.

We hope you consider submitting and trusting us with your film. Keep on reading if you want to hear us brag about ourselves, our marketing people insist we do. We also have some quotes from our great filmmakers. And now onto the superlatives.....

The Phoenix Film Festival has been named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals and a Top 50 Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine and has been called the most filmmaker-friendly festival out there. The Phoenix Film Festival is a program of the 501c(3) non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, started in 2000, and it has quickly become Arizona's Largest Film Festival.

The Phoenix Film Festival annually holds 300 screenings, holds amazing parties and provides filmmaking seminars to capacity audiences of over 28,000. The Festival takes place all in one convenient location and is held on 7 screens at the state of the art gorgeous Harkins Scottsdale/101. All parties and workshops are held in the Party Pavilion just outside the theatre. Which means everything you need is right on site.

Don't just take it from us, here are just a few comments we received from our past filmmakers......

“This festival is second-to-none! The thoughtfulness and consideration put into it for building community among filmmakers is astounding. We felt loved, supported, encouraged, inspired, and valued to a degree that few festivals are able to deliver. We didn't want to leave and we can't wait to go back."
Hudson Phillips, Writer, “This World Alone”

“Best. Festival. Ever. Our film went to a lot of festivals all over the world, we won Academy-qualifiers and opened a couple of very prestigious fests, but Phoenix wiped the floor with most of them in terms of their top festival staff, top volunteers, top cinemas and top filmmakers attending. Awesome event.."
Ivo Marloh, Director, "All the Wild Horses"

"I had an amazing time at your festival. Your team is impressive, the communication outstanding, and the entire experience was terrific. The filmmakers were fantastic, the volunteers, the venue, the love. Clearly PFF puts filmmakers first – and that came through in every aspect of my time in Phoenix. I’m so impressed with the amazing festival you’ve built, and thankful to have been part of it. I look forward to coming back again."
Mark Maxey, Director, "Up to Snuff"

The Phoenix Film Festival is a program on the Phoenix Film Foundation. The Foundation is a 501c3 Non-profit Organization whose mission is to support and develop the artistic appreciation, educational opportunities and growth of independent film within and outside of Arizona.

Copper Wing Awards

Categories vary. May include (subject to change): Best Picture, Audience Award, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Acting, Best AZ Filmmaker, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Documentary, etc.

Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search winner will receive $250 and a cool prize pack for the top 3 screenplays including an InkTip script listing and an InkTip Magazine listing.

1. Premiere Requirements:

Shorts films may not screen in the Phoenix Metro area from January 1 to April 30, 2020 if selected.

Features must have a Phoenix Metro area premiere.

The Phoenix Metro Area includes the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Maricopa, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Goodyear, Sun City, Avondale, Tolleson, Buckeye, Ahwatukee, Sun Lakes, Apache Junction, Laveen, Fountain Hills, Litchfield Park, Paradise Valley and Queen Creek.

2. By submitting, you indicate that you have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered and to the best of your knowledge, all of the following statements in this document are true:

a. This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

b. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for Festival screening and promotional purposes and to extract clips from this film for promotional purposes. I understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.

c. I understand that the Phoenix Film Festival ("Festival") and the Phoenix Film Foundation (“Foundation”) are not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the print during screenings, at any other time during the course of the Festival, while the film is in the Festival’s possession or while en route to or from the Festival, and I release The Phoenix Film Festival ("Festival") and the Phoenix Film Foundation from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the print while en route to/from the Festival or while it is in their possession.

d. Should this film win a Copper Wing Award (“Award”) at the Phoenix Film Festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to name the individual(s) listed on the Copper Wing Award Designation List (to be received upon notice of selection to Festival) to receive any and all award(s).

e. In the event the designated party is unable to attend the awards ceremony, I understand that the director and/or producer of the film as listed in the credits of the film shall accept any and all awards in their stead.

f. If selected as a participant in the Festival, television ready media clips of the film must be provided by the date provided on notice of selection if requested.

g. If selected as a participant I will deliver the film in format requested by deadline set at time of acceptance.

h. This film will not be available online publicly until the completion of the 2020 Phoenix Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Hudson Philips

    This festival is second-to-none! The thoughtfulness and consideration put into it for building community among filmmakers is astounding. We felt loved, supported, encouraged, inspired, and valued to a degree that few festivals are able to deliver. Jason and Greg and the entire team are the salt of the Earth. And they know how to run a film festival that is wonderful from every angle. We didn't want to leave and we can't wait to go back. The films were stunning, the venue is top notch, the people are incredible, and the experience is one we'll cherish for a lifetime. Submitting to this festival is one of the very best decisions we've made in our moviemaking journey.

    July 2019
  • The audience turn out at Phoenix Film Fest is out of this world! We're over the moon our two clients - LOVE POOL and A WRECK IN PARADISE had the opportunity to screen at this exciting film festival.

    May 2019
  • Joseph Clift

    Amazing festival! Communication was great! They really went above and beyond to give a great experience to film makers and audience members.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Joseph! Much appreciated and thank you for being part of the festival.

  • Steven Gaddis

    A well-organized festival with an accommodating staff and an excellent venue! We had special guests in attendance at our premiere for which the staff were able to provide security measures, and the audiences were appreciative and thoughtful during the Q&A's and panel discussions! The festival parties were also well worth attending. We plan on coming back when our next project is ready.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review Steven. It was great having you guys at the fest. Looking forward to seeing you on the next one.

  • One of the world's best film festivals for independent filmmakers. Super encouraging and supportive. It's been an amazing experience, thank you PFF!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words and being part of the festival Roy!