The Tucson Film & Music Festival (also known as TFMF or Tucson Film Festival ) celebrates the past, present and future of the Tucson, Arizona filmmaking scene. The festival accepts narrative and documentary features, and shorts of all genres including Animation, Experimental, Comedy, Drama and World. Tucson Film & Music Festival's will continue to focus on music-related content, with an emphasis on films and filmmakers with a connection to Arizona and the desert Southwest.

"The Tucson Film & Music Festival is the best fest I’ve seen in Tucson." 
-- AZ Daily Star

“What a kick ass event!” -- Allison Anders, Director (Gas, Food Lodging / Grace of My Heart)

"Tucson Film & Music Festival was an invaluable experience.   A great promotional tool and a huge boost for our film! The festival's so well organized and the staff are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. I met and networked with other like-minded filmmakers.  Tucson's a great town for film." 
-- Petina Cole, The Talking Pictures Company

"Tucson Film & Music Festival is stealing much of the limelight from other local festivals."
 -- Caliente / Arizona Daily Star

"The Tucson Film & Music Festival is an awesome venue for exposure and support of independent music culture.  Their support of nerdcore hip-hop in was awesome!  Rock on guys!" -- MC Lars, Musician

“Thanks for having us at TFMF! We had such a great time! We’ve never been to Tucson before… such a cool, fun place to be! -- The Sibley’s (Nowhere Now) Pioneertown, CA

Celebrating its 17th anniversary, the Tucson Film & Music Festival has screened over 450 films since its inception. With attendance of over 7 thousand filmgoers, TFMF has showcased a plethora of Arizona and World Premiere screenings including Academy Award® winner “God Of Love” (dir. Luke Matheny), “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” (dir. Sacha Gervasi),”Strutter” (dir. Allison Anders), “Kumaré” (dir. Vikram Gandhi), "The Song of Sway Lake" and "The Adventures of Power" (dir. Ari Gold), "The Last Safari" (dir. Matt Goldman), "Pavilion" (dir. Tim Sutton), “Hell on Wheels” (dir. Bob Ray), “Scott Walker: 30 Century Man” (dir. Stephan Kijak) and Heaven Adores You: Elliott Smith (dir. Nickolas Rossi).


QUALIFICATION FOR ENTRIES: Any feature, short film or video, made for cinema, television or the Internet may be entered. Feature films must be between 50 and 120 minutes in length; Short Films less than 15 minutes. All submitted works must be in English or have English subtitles. Only works completed after January 1, 2020 will be accepted.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Works submitted for selection must be submitted digitally via secure online screener. Selected films must be presented on DCP or BluRay (NTSC Region 0 or 1 only) for features; ProRes .mov Quicktime file for short films.

SELECTION: All submitted works will be judged by the Festival Committee. The Festival Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project. Works will be categorized at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Selected entrants will be informed of their status on or around September 15, 2021. All features selected must be Arizona premieres. Shorts films selected must be Tucson premieres and not screen at another local festival within 45 days of screening at Tucson Film & Music Festival.

TRANSPORTATION AND INSURANCE: The submitter is responsible for the transport costs, insurance charges and customs fees incurred when shipping material to the Festival. The Festival is responsible for the costs incurred with the return of material to the filmmaker - however, due to budgetary limitations, the material will be shipped via SURFACE MAIL. Filmmakers requesting the return of materials via courier must incur the cost themselves. Although they will take every precaution, the Tucson Film & Music Festival cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of entry and exhibition materials.

Overall Rating
  • Paul Vernon

    Well organised, friendly and local festival with a big heart and some great films. Films shown in a true cinema setting, Personable MC who was knowledgable about all films and invited some intelligent probing in the Q&A sessions.

    December 2017
  • The TFMF was the first festival that my short film OAK played in. We had a blast in Tucson and the staff was very accommodating! It's a great festival for movie and music lovers.

    November 2016
  • Mailuki Films

    One of Top 10 American Film Festivals.
    We will submit a lot of new shorts next year.
    All the best from Bilbao
    Mailuki Films team.

    October 2016
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  • Ashley Brim

    I feel very lucky to have screened my short film SWIPED at the Tucson Film & Music Festival in 2015. Communication with TFMF staff was SO EASY--they really run a tight ship. TFMF really made an effort to help me figure out a way to attend the festival, more so than any other festival, and when I wasn't able to they went out of the way to help me promote my film screening. It is evident that the festival programmers are really passionate about the films they screen and the filmmakers. I am so happy my film screened at TFMF and look forward to attending next time. They also have the best "laurels" in the business.

    June 2016
  • Jason Sikorsky

    I'm a local in Tucson and have submitted, attended, and even volunteered for Tucson Film & Music Festival on multiple occasions! I enjoy the multiple screening locations around the city and the content is very good. I've always had a good time! I wish more filmmakers would attend and/or network with others. Many either submit and do not attend or leave right after screenings. I hope this year I can meet more filmmakers!

    June 2016