Well, it's the glorious time of the year when we are open for submissions. We're super excited for the 19th Annual Phoenix Film Festival and we want you to be too. Last year we expanded the film festival to 11 days with great success. We had the pleasure of entertaining 28,000 people with the awesome films from so many great filmmakers. Our festival happens from April 4 to April 14 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......

“I can't say enough about this festival. It was the best experience I've ever had at one of these things. With 300 volunteers, unbelievable theaters, VERY friendly staff and all the hook ups (food, booze, gifts) it was amazing. I came here with my first feature film and they treated me like a rock star. It was amazing. DEFINITELY submit here. THANK YOU PHOENIX!!"
Serge Kushnier, Director, “The Idea of Manhood”

“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 price pack.

1. Premiere Requirements:

Shorts films may not screen in the Phoenix Metro area from January 1 to April 30, 2019 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. I 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 my knowledge, all of the 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. A film will not be considered in multiple categories. The entrant must select the appropriate category at time of submission.

i. This film will not be available online publicly until the completion of the 2019 Phoenix Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Milpool Films

    Incredible. Absolutely incredible. Brilliantly run with a massive amount of showings and selections to choose from. Lots of support, and an amazing staff.

    June 2018
  • Chad McClarnon

    Always great. Always warm. Always welcoming. Always Choco Tacos. Simply one of the best film festivals on the planet. Submit now.

    May 2018
  • Laura Somers

    Thank you Phoenix Film Festival for inviting us to screen our film!!! What an incredible experience - as filmmakers we felt like rockstars from the moment we arrived. The whole event was perfectly coordinated and the theaters were gorgeous. And the staff - from Executive Director Jason, to our Programmer Greg, to our filmmaker relations team Katie and Julie, to all of the wonderful volunteers that took the time to get to know us - you guys blew us away with your hospitality. We love you all! We're going to make another movie just so you'll invite us back.

    May 2018
  • Christopher Claxton

    Amazing venue, one of the best locations for a film festival I've been to. They also had a great accommodating staff, a well run Q&A and a ton of great films to see! Would love to be invited back in the future!

    April 2018
  • Andres Gil

    This is one of my favorite festivals from all the ones my movie got in! Great stuff, great screening rooms and awesome atmosphere.

    April 2018