The Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival is a family oriented festival designed to solicit entries from all levels of experience, age groups and genre interests ensuring that opportunities are broadly available to anyone creating visual stories. We screen G and PG rated short films (under 15 minutes). The festival is geared towards the student filmmaker but fully embraces the work of Indie filmmakers as well.
Due to current conditions restricting travel and gatherings, we have postponed our 2021 festival event and are gearing up for 2022.
We are also looking into the possibility of adding limited online viewing experiences for reaching a wider audience.
We look forward to seeing all the great films that people have been working on and are excited about being able to screen entries again.
Here is a list of our 2020 winning entries.
BEST OF FEST
“KADDISH” – Directed by Razid Season
BEST INDIE FILM
“It’s Nothing” – Directed by Nicholas Mourgere
BEST ADVANCED STUDENT FILM
“KADDISH” – Directed by Razid Season
BEST STUDENT FILM
“Cmd-Del” – Directed by Sara Yen, Jason Lin and Amar Karoshi
Razid Season - "KADDISH"
"The Sand Castle"
"Soaring Beyond Silence"
"Salting the Fly" (Rory James Leech)
2020 was a great year for films at the festival with some really incredible work submitted.
The 2022 Festival is scheduled for Friday March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the Historic Willcox Theater - Palace Saloon at 116 N. Railroad Avenue in Willcox, Arizona, 85643 (USA).
All winners and screened films will receive respective Laurels for promotional purposes.
We award our top winners with cash awards paid out via check.
The following categories are awarded cash and certificates:
Best of Fest
Best Student Film
Best Advanced Student Film
Best Independent Film
Other award categories recognized for certificates:
Stan Robinson Memorial Award of Excellence
(Individual contribution to the festival)
THIS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM FESTIVAL.
ALL FILMS MUST BE G OR PG (KID FRIENDLY) TO BE ACCEPTED (ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS).
ALL FILMS MUST BE ONE TO FIFTEEN MINUTES IN LENGTH (NO EXCEPTIONS).
ALL FILMS MUST BE IN A HORIZONTAL FORMAT FOR THEATRICAL SCREENING PURPOSES (NO EXCEPTIONS).
By entering your film for consideration, you agree that you have read, understand the accept the ratings guidelines for admissible films in this festival. Please see our webpage at http://www.willcoxfilmfest.com/SAIFF/submissions.shtml for ratings guidelines (PDF) to ensure that your film is acceptable. Blatant disregard for the guidelines will result in immediate disqualification and no future entries from the violating party will be accepted for future festivals.
Entries will be accepted for the 2022 Festival beginning May 1, 2021.
Early bird submission deadline ($10.00 entry) is: 5:00 pm (MST) on Thursday, October 31, 2021. Regular submission deadline ($15.00 entry) is: 5:00 pm (MST) Friday, February 4, 2022. Extended deadline ($20.00) is: 5:00 pm February 25, 2022.
All submissions must go through this site and must include a downloadable file or download link. Extra large files may be made available via ftp (Dropbox, etc.)
All fees must be paid before an entry will be considered for acceptance. No refunds as fees help to off-set the cost of staging the festival including prizes.
All films submitted must have a downloadable version of the file available for festival screening use. Recommended file type is either MP4 or MOV with a preference to HD (4K files are acceptable). All foreign language films should include English sub-titles for the judges and festival screening audience.
Participation in Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival is open to everyone.
No films completed prior to 2019 will be accepted.
No commercially available films will be accepted.
No refunds will be given for films that do not make the final screening list (All films are important though not all make it to the screening list).
SUBMISSION RULES and DETAILS:
Maximum Running Time: 15 minutes from opening through end credits.
Divisions: We have a “Student Division” for high school and under, an "Advanced Student Division" for under-graduate and post-graduate level work and an “Independent Division”. A cross competition will occur for “Best of Fest” and “Audience Favorite”.
Genre: All genres are permitted (horror, drama, comedy, action, suspense, etc.).
NO ATTRIBUTION OR MUSIC VIDEOS WILL BE ACCEPTED. We do not consider music videos as a genre of narrative storytelling. If you have someone singing as part of a dramatic story in a “Musical” fashion (as part of a scene), that might be acceptable. If your story is about the making of a music video and includes the music video, we will consider it to be a music video and it will not be accepted for judging or screening.
No previous Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival submissions are permitted.
Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival reserves the right not to accept offensive or obscene material.
Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival reserves the right to accept or decline any films based on the discretion of the organizers.
By submitting your film to this festival, The entrant has read, understands, accepts and agrees with each of the following provisions:
1. Entrant has read and fully understands the “Film Rules” listed above.
2. To the best of entrants knowledge, all of the following statements are true.
3. This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation and entrant accepts all licensing responsibility for any copyrighted material contained in the film (Entrant must own the copyright or have the necessary rights for any content that is contained in the film. This includes: video, film, pictures, graphics and music. Entrant must also have signed releases from any and all talent or persons who appear in the film).
4. Entrant is duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and understands that the Festival holds the right to screen said film for Festival screening and promotional purposes.
5. Entrant is authorized and/or empowered by all parties to legally represent the film.
6. Entrant understands that any adult content including violence, language or other adult themes may cause the film to be eliminated from screening consideration at the “Festival” organizers discretion.
7. Entrant understands that even though the film will be juried, it may not receive a screening based on final judging scores and ranking.