Whether film scholar or film lover, most will agree that film is an art form that is both a reflection of our everyday life and a means to escape it. Film can take us away while at the same time embed us in the truth of other people’s stories, some beautiful, some devastating, and some unimaginable. Our attendees eagerly anticipate each season's program of varying tales, contexts, and characters both rare and relatable.

We believe that we host a dynamic and welcoming event, but don't just trust our word -- here's what our attendees, filmmakers, volunteers, and sponsors have to say about us: https://vimeo.com/509992957/5e0e0e99ba

In closing, it is common for films exhibited by our Festival to be nominated for OSCARS® and other major awards.

Audience Choice Award for Best Film

Artistic Diversity Award
The award is presented to artists who have made an outstanding contribution as citizens of the planet through a commitment to artistic, humanitarian, or social causes.

Roger P. Tennis Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for:
Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Documentary
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Supporting Actor in a Leading Role
Best Supporting Actress in a Leading Role

Feature-Length Films and Documentaries
We ONLY accept feature-length entries of 70 minutes or longer. This Festival does not accept short subject entries and shorts will not be considered or returned for any reason.

PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR A FEE WAIVER OR DISCOUNT! We do not issue them to FilmFreeway entries as there is no way to implement a fair method for which films do, or do not deserve the accommodation.

The entry fee is non-refundable.

We do not accept films that are already available via VOD, Cable, and TV, or which are already for rent/sale on DVD prior to, or during the Festival dates. Submitted films must not open in any other Scottsdale/Phoenix area Festivals or theatrically prior to the Festival and Series screenings.

We also accept Vimeo and YouTube links in addition to FilmFreeway Screeners. Pursuant to viewing online screeners: Statistics from online providers (Vimeo, YouTube) are often inaccurate and should not be relied on as proof of our review. Some services use averages or trends as facts. It is our intention to watch all screeners in their entirety -- for the integrity of our event and out of respect for the filmmaker. However, if after watching 60% if the film, it is apparent that the piece would not be programmed into our final selections, we reserve the right to cease watching.

We do not have a membership to FestivalScope or Cinando. If your film is meant to be previewed by our programmers via FestivalScope or Cinando you must provide us with both login and password access.

Exhibition prints must be sent to the Festival prepaid. The Festival will cover return shipping via FedEx, DHL, UPS or US Mail, unless other arrangements are requested.

In case or loss or damage during the Festival, the responsibility of the Festival is limited to the costs of repair or replacement of the print only.

While all entries are packaged with extreme care, the Festival is not responsible for loss or damage to prints in transit.

The following must be included for each entry:
- Entry Form (Accepted online through FilmFreeway, 1 per entry)
- Online screener
- Entry Fee (Accepted online through FilmFreeway)

Optional materials:
- Brief Synopsis
- Filmmaker Bio and/or Filmography
- Press Kit
- Stills


Please be sure the following information is readily available in your FilmFreeway filmmaker account!

English title (with English article if necessary)

Under Submission Contact section (Click on "PREFERENCES" on the left-hand side of the screen):
First name
Address 1
Phone1/ Type
email 1

Throughout the listing (i.e. Niches, Formats, etc.):
Film Type
Preview Format
Production Format
Exhibition Format
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Applicant Acceptance (Release)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS - Applicant Acceptance (Release)
I (FILMMAKER) have read and agree to the submission and general rule requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film to the Scottsdale International Film Festival (FESTIVAL). I understand that, in the event my work is selected the FESTIVAL will retain the submission copy. Further, if accepted, I agree that the FESTIVAL is authorized to publish my contact information in the print source page of the program guide.

If accepted, the FILMMAKER understands that the FESTIVAL is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition and for promotional purposes. Additionally, the FILMMAKER:

1. Guarantees a DCP drive for no more than two FESTIVAL screenings between November 5th - 9th, 2021.
2. The DCP drive is unencrypted or if encrypted will come with open keys for the FESTIVAL duration.
3. The DCP drive will be received by the FESTIVAL no later than October 25th for ingesting and testing.
4. FILMMAKER'S submission will not be exhibited within a 75 mile radius of the FESTIVAL or appear via any U.S. VOD outlets, U.S. DVD retail or rental outlets, or streaming channels before November 9th.
5. FILMMAKER will honor this screening commitment with the FESTIVAL even if a distribution agreement is reached before the exhibition dates.
6. FILMMAKER agrees that no rental fee is required for the exhibition of the film in this FESTIVAL.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening; has paid for and holds all music licenses; has obtained written permission to use third party images/footage/film/video; and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Scottsdale International Film Festival, Inc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Jack Paulson

    The 2021 Scottsdale International Film Festival has proven that there is something magical happening with independent film in the state of AZ. To receive such an incredible response to so early on in the year by SIFF, we knew we HAD to attend in person so that we could experience this magic first hand and we were not let down. Best Supporting Actress for Madeleine Paulson by the Phoenix Film Critics Society and engaging QandAs with a fantastic audience turnout, bolstered by the incredibly organized COVID-19 safeguard requirements by the fearless Amy Ettinger! Thank you Amy! We felt safe, supported and so warmly welcomed. We will never forget the faces of the audience members after our screenings, which will give us the energy and confidence we need to get PEEKY in front of more audiences in 2022. Thank you to ALL of you involved, for your professionalism, organization and kindness.

    November 2021
  • Cyle O'Donnell

    We were truly overwhelmed to find out that our film, Big Trouble in Little Quartzsite, was a unanimous selection by the judges. And while we were sad to see the festival so hindered by the events of this year, we really appreciated the communication from management, and personal attention to our film. As a team here at LegallyInsaneFilms.com, we highly recommended the Scottsdale Film Fest for supporting and celebrating Southwest culture and the Arizona arts community.

    November 2021
  • Som Kovvuri

    I am very pleased that our film " Freddie's Piano" got selected to the Scottsdale International Film Festival in 2020. The communication was great. I was clearly explained via a phone call why our film was selected. I was also put in touch with potential distributors. I had a great time watching the wonderful films that were selected. Clearly this is an organization that loves and promotes film with grace and responsiveness.

    February 2021
  • Deborah Harse

    This was my second time screening at the Scottsdale International Film Festival and it was great to return as an alumnus. It's a first rate festival with a great staff and lovely hospitality toward visiting filmmakers. The numerous volunteers are friendly and helpful and the audiences are appreciative and enthusiastic. I recommend it highly!

    November 2018