Please understand BEFORE you enter that the films we only accept and screen are our top 100 award winners in a theater on the big screens - because of this, we require that one official from crew or cast in attendance the entire time of the festival including the Awards ceremony and all Q & A (3 days) . Arrive Thursday, Leave Monday. We also require for you to submit your final film for the festival in DCP FORMAT via Simple If you are not willing to do so, please do not enter this event.

Online film maker form must be filled out in time. Deadline for DCP is September 10th to be uploaded. Housing info (hotel or Airbnb name) will need to be supplied to the festival before Sept 30th in order for us the schedule your film for screening.

Genres: Family, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Documentary, Suspense, Web Series & More

- instead enter our alternate festival with online awards only that does not require attending.

This is not the hot Arizona you might imagine, we have fishing, hiking, biking, lakes and yes, sometimes snow in October. The cool White Mountains are calling you.

All award winners are shown in a state of the art theater! Both US and International compete in separate categories with separate Awards. No refunds.

To be eligible, Projects must be finished after January 1st, 2022 or if finished prior, not released until after January1st, 2022. Accepted film must have an official representative at the festival, properly registered during official registration days and times, present during the entire festival to do the Q & A for their film, and attend the awards ceremony in order to be eligible for any awards and to screen! Please keep this in mind - we do not make exceptions! It is only 3 days! Arrive Thursday, depart Monday


Our International festival is held in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona showing films from all over the world. Come be in the cool pines and fresh mountain air. All selected award winning films are shown in 4 of the 8 big screens in the state of the art WME theatre - all in one building, this is why we require a DCP. All of our winners receive a classy award and our CASH awards are given on stage during the ceremony.

Enter early as we start selecting winners as early as they Crest 8.0 our of 10 average scoring. Final selecting will end at deadline or sooner if we have 100 winning entries over 8.0. This will give you early notice to make travel and lodging plans.

One free VIP All Access film makers pass to each accepted entry that is attending- Up to a limit of 3 additional passes will be available for purchase. Only these passes will be allowed on the red carpet. We treat all film makers equally and like a VIP . Each attending film (or representative if more than 1 film or script) will receive a swag bag . A free page on our website per film including your trailer at no cost- info will be taken from filmfreeway. . All of us are a fun group with a great heart and a drive to help film makers further their career and we truly care about your films. Start making your DCP early -Either yourself (40Cents per minute upload fee to simple DCP, or have them create it for you. This way you can take care of travel arrangements as well as DCP conversion and upload early. If you do not get an early notification, don't worry, you are still in the running until all films have been judged.

We invite Press and distributors to attend our festival. Our film fest is all about you being there to attend great workshops and learn from industry experts and to be mentored for the 3 days.

Our FANTASTIC industry workshops are optional to attend and free for filmmaker passes . Entertainment Law, Pitch fest, Is my Movie sellable?, Producer panel, Lighting workshop, Media magic, Think Tanks and more. C

Check for details often as we will be adding them. To be eligible,

Script winners also have to attend the entire festival. We have pitch sessions for those scripts. Take advantage of the workshops.

Awards will not be shipped - We will only mail a certificate as top 100 finalist if you do not attend. Please let us know in advance.

Screenings are Fri, Sat & Sun. We will do our best to not overlap screenings with workshops. Discounted lodging links will be available via These are hotels we personally vetted and refer and we do not receive a kick back! This festival has the support of the Arizona Film Commission and the local chambers and cities.

The Owner and Producer of the festival , Martina Webster owner of DarMar Production LLC, has done festivals in California, was a producer on Justin Haywards (Moody Blues) Music video "The Wind of Heaven", Hashtag Blessed the Movie , Turnover and has numerous projects in works. Her and her husband Daren live in the White Mountains. They partnered up with their daughter Dalea Faulkner .

Winners will receive a prestigious award, some will receive other industry sponsored prizes, such as a run in the movie theater, products or CASH.
Categories might be split, deleted or combined according to entries and selections. Check often for any changes in categories, prizes and awards along the way. Cash awards are based on number of competitors within that category as well as sponsorships. Please check often as we are working on the categories after our final deadline .

Over 100 trophies in the different categories, including
Best of Fest high scoring - TOP 10 highest scoring
Best of Fest high scoring scripts - TOP 3 highest scoring

Eligibility: Please understand BEFORE you enter that the films we show are the top 100 award winners - that means you know if selected that you will be receiving an award, because of this we require one official from the project to attend the entire time of the festival (3days) including the Awards ceremony and all Q & A. arrive Thursday, Depart Monday.

Online film maker form must be filled out in time. Deadline for DCP is September 10th to be uploaded. Housing info (hotel or Airbnb name) will need to be supplied to the festival before Sept 30th in order for us the schedule your film for screening.

Genres: Family, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Documentary, Suspense, Web Series & More

Parties and workshops are optional. We also require for you to submit your film for the festival in DCP FORMAT ONLY . If you are not prepared to do this, please do not enter! If you do, we would love to have you! NO FREE WAIVERS. Must be works in English, International entries must have English subtitles. Only works completed after January 1, 2021 will be accepted. (exceptions are scripts) We only take digital online submissions via FilmFreeway. FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats in full quality HD for online FilmFreeway judging. After being selected all official selected films into the festival must then submit in DCP format in order to be shown at the state of the art theater. All submitted works will be judged by the Selection committee and festival producers. We reserve the right to determine the eligibility of any project or to combine, delete , change or add categories. Works will be categorized or changed at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Filmmaker irrevocably grants Festival the right to use, for promotional purposes, an excerpt from the Film if it is selected for screening at the Festival. We do not show nominations. Accepted film must have a representative at the festival properly registered during festival official registration times, be present during entire festival to do their own Q & A and awards ceremony in order to be eligible for any awards or Screening. Representative must be someone on your film that has knowledge of the film. Any other representative, such as a company that reps films, must be approved and accepted by the festival. You may not ask another film to rep yours, unless they are in the official credits of that film. Custom forms must be filled out completely.

Projects must be finished after January 1st, 2022 or if finished prior, not released until after January1st, 2022

Judging committee has the right to change the category of an entry, if it is in the best interest of the film maker. All entries must be paid for in order to be judged or accepted. All decisions are final - no Refunds - Reminder - after you are selected - you must submit your film as a DCP. Please check them out in advance. Judges overall average score and their personal selections for each award is taken in consideration. Best of Festival Top 10 will not score within a category. It is the highest honor of the festival.

Submitter and affiliates if accepted into the festival, are responsible for the transport costs and housing. Arizona White Mountains Film festival, Show Low Film Festival, white Mountain Film Fest and it’s directors and staff cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage. By submitting to the Festival you warrant, as sole and exclusive owner/s of all legal right and title that you have absolute authority to submit to the Festival. You indemnify and hold the Festivals and all it’s affiliates harmless, including WME theatres, event locations, all judges, sponsors and staff against all claims, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal fees, based on films/videos submitted to the Film Festival. You hereby grant the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes for the festival as well as the full film at the theater during the festival. Judges will keep content, form technical aspects and sound in mind. By digitally signing the entry form, each participant accepts, without reservation, the terms of the regulations as stated in this document.

Overall Rating
  • Lori Lyle

    This festival blew me away! It was welcoming, well-organized, comfortable and just plain fun. The quality of films was top notch and I was honored to be included. The organizers chose the perfect time to visit the Arizona mountains--it was blue sky and golden leaves for three days. But the very best part was the networking! Show Low FF fosters an attitude of collaboration and creativity that is a professional boost and invaluable for keeping energized in the field. I didn't just meet fellow filmmakers-- I met people I think of as friends. Thank you Show Low Film Festival~

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    We are truly honored by your review. Thank you

  • Marilyn Swick

    This is one festival for all to attend! Not only 5 stars in all areas, but if there were 10 stars, it would receive 10 stars in all areas.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Your review is so much appreciated

  • Joe Leone

    Incredible festival experience! This was my 4th year attending the festival. To all filmmakers and screenwriters, don't miss out. You won't be disappointed. See you next year. Take care!

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, it is such a pleasure to see your rise

  • Ashley Bratcher

    Show Low was a fantastic festival! The team communicated clearly and made the prep work for getting to the festival a breeze. There was plenty of time for networking and panels, which our team really enjoyed. I'd highly recommend this festivals to others. We were honored to take home 2nd place overall for our short film, Pharma. Thank you to all the Show Low event staff!

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Your film is incredible. Thank you for your review

  • Brian O'Connor

    A wonderful experience. Big enough to draw talented filmmakers from around the world. Small enough to make real connections. SLFF is top shelf from start to finish!

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    We thank you, networking and mentoring is our priority. We will always stay small! Only top 100 winners!