We're excited to open the call for entries for the 18th Annual Phoenix Film Festival. The festival once again returns to early April and we anticipate another great year with incredible films and film-hungry audiences. We've got an amazing venue, excited audiences and all we need are your films. Plus this year we're expanding to a second weekend which gives us an opportunity to screen most films at least three times.

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 is first and foremost a filmmaker's festival. It is a privilege for us to screen your film and we do not take that for granted. Filmmakers return year after year, even if they don't have a film at the festival, and that's something were extremely proud of. If you submit to us, rest assured your film will be reviewed and be given sincere consideration." - Jason Carney, Executive Director

The Phoenix Film Festival annually holds 250 screenings, holds amazing parties and provides filmmaking seminars to capacity audiences of over 25,000. 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.

The Festival will be held including the United States best competition for feature-length premiere independent films, several film premieres and screenings outside of competition from major U.S. Studios and filmmakers in our Showcase Program, a Foreign Film Showcase of feature and short-length films, many Short Film Programs including College, Animated, Documentary and Arizona Filmmakers. We're also happy to host our Unified by Film program which will feature films from Latino American, African American and Native American directors.

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

“We can't thank you enough for this experience and we are so happy that you have also brought us closer to new friends and filmmakers that will enrich our lives and open the doors to future alliances. Truly, by being at PFF for our world premiere has spoiled us and raised the bar for all upcoming festivals..”
Connie Alicino, Producer, “Secondhand Hearts”

“My film HAPPY has been in 12 festivals since October, and I can honestly report that far and away, Phoenix Film Festival was the most positive experience of them all, in every way. The entire staff, from Jason Carney on down, were warm, welcoming, professional, and FUN! This festival takes care of the Filmmakers they bring in, like no other I have attended. Also of note, I found that I bonded with several of the other filmmakers in both a personal and professional way, which I had previously not done at other festivals. Perhaps it was partially the specific chemistry of 'us', but I can say that this atmosphere of camaraderie is definitely encouraged by the festival staff.
Michael Patrick McKinley, Director, “Happy”

"The Phoenix Film Festival is the ultimate cinema-going experience as far as I'm concerned. Taking place at one fantastic venue makes it possible for the most rabid film nuts to spend their entire week bouncing around to a well-curated slate of movies. There is so much love behind this festival and I will definitely be coming back, whether as a filmmaker or just a fan!"
Phil Furey, Director, "Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103"

“Participating in the Phoenix Film Festival was an absolutely incredible experience. Not only is the festival impeccably run by a slew of attentive staff and volunteers, but also the quality of the programming is outstanding. Additionally, I was really impressed with the festival’s commitment to the community, whether through workshops for students or Q and A’s with filmmakers. I love participating in these kinds of activities, and I truly believe they are a vital part of the film going (and loving) experience. Thank you Phoenix Film Festival!”
Scott K. Foley, Co-writer/Director, “Jessica”

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. The Foundation’s primary functions through its programs are to promote the exhibition of independent films and conduct educational programs that teach the art of independent filmmaking.

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, an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you and A 5-year membership to Script Pipeline's Writers Database.

1. Premiere Requirements:

Shorts films may not screen in the Phoenix Metro area from January 1 to April 30, 2018 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 2018 Phoenix Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Skye Borgman

    What a phenomenal Festival! Really great hospitality, communication and just such a supportive and fun staff. Thanks to everyone involved for really caring about the filmmakers - we appreciate you so much!

    April 2018