The Annual Soul West Fest is the hottest, most exclusive urban film & music festival in Arizona. Soul West Fest takes place in the fall each year with up and coming filmmakers showing their content to a niche audience, filmmaker panel discussions, and live musical performances.

Soul West Fest, LLC (SWF) is an Arizona Limited Liability Company whose mission is to Promote and Support Urban Films and Filmmakers, Soul Music, Urban Culture and Education. The Soul West Fest Foundation (SWFF) ( 501c3 organization) in association with Pathways to the World, Inc. raise scholarship funds for young people (grades 6-12) to attend art, film and music apprenticeship programs. SWFF continues to bring awareness and initiate programs for the arts in education and financial literacy.

Soul West Fest gives birth to urban film and the New Black Renaissance in the Valley of the Sun– from film to TV, VR to online work, and music to live performance. As a platform for creative expression, independent filmmaking, and mesmerizing entertainment, SWF champions emerging and established voices, showcasing award-winning urban films and filmmakers, soul music, culture and new technology through premieres, exhibitions, talks and live performances.

During 3 days, we invite you to the Valley of the Sun to enjoy Soulful Sounds, Black & Brown Excellence, Great Food, Good Vibes, Top Notch Entertainment, Events & Exclusive Parties. This is Resort-Style vibes and networking with economic, educational, social, health and wealth initiatives at the helm. Come Expose your gifts, talents and abilities to an earnest Film Community in the South-West Market of Arizona, California, Colorado & Nevada. Soul West Fest provides a platform to showcase cutting edge films, panels, live performances from some of the most talented musicians and awesome vibes.

This event takes an original and imaginative approach to content because there are very few outlets for Urban Filmmakers and Musicians to showcase their talent collectively on a national stage.

The impact we hope to achieve with this event will certainly be artistic in nature (i.e. showcasing music and filmmakers content); it will also be intellectual in most of our sponsors and vendors will provide educational content on financial matters and literacy; All festivals are communal and social by default; and civically, we hope to improve communities of color through creative initiatives.

We hope you will consider Soul West Fest to showcase your content. We welcome innovative and original opportunities and look forward to working with you.

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Soul West Fest will offer awards/prizes for these categories:

Audience Awards:
Best Feature Film/Documentary
Best Short/Web Series

30-72 minutes minimum run time (Feature/Documentary lengths)
20 minutes maximum run time inclusive of credits (Web Series/Shorts)
6 minutes maximum run time inclusive of credits (Music Videos)
Writer, director or producer must be a person of African descent, or the film content must have a multicultural perspective.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.
Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
Films must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2019.
While it is our preference to exhibit films in this competitive section that are world premieres, Narrative Features that have previously screened at up to two (2) other festivals are eligible for this section.

Films that have been, or will be, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any other public distribution platform (theatrical, Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) in any country prior to June 18, 2017, are not eligible for this category.

Overall Rating
  • Justice Gamble

    Soul West Fest is awesome! I highly recommend this festival. I'm truly grateful for the love and support they provided during such a scary time in our world.

    July 2021
  • Soul West Fest was an amazing experience! Aaliyah and her staff did a tremendous job considering the tumultuous year the entire industry has had. I've made some long lasting connections through this festival and I look forward to building those relationships.

    January 2021
  • Harrell Williams

    Great Festival! Thank you all so much for accepting my film "A Natural Choice." Best to you All!!

    November 2020
  • Ken Sagoes

    We are honored and deeply grateful that our film “The McHenry Trial – Don’t Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie,” was a part of your festival. The festival is well-organized with great communication. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    November 2020
  • Preston Chase

    It was an honor to be selected as part of the Soul Wes festival! They were wonderful to communicate with from the start right down to the Q&A session. Thank you very much for screening my first film, Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story. Hope everyone learned a little more about Canada's Black pioneers

    November 2020