The Tucson Film Festival (fka TFMF or Tucson Film & Music 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 Festival 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 20th anniversary, the Tucson Film Festival has screened over 800 films since its inception. With attendance of over 8 thousand filmgoers, TFF 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 40 and 120 minutes in length; Short Films less than 20 minutes. All submitted works must be in English or have English subtitles. Only works completed after January 1, 2023 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 7, 2024. 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 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 Festival cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of entry and exhibition materials.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Carlone

    What a super inspiring, fun and fantastic festival it was! TFF really took care of the film makers. I met so many great people and the programming and venues were really top notch! It was such a blast. I highly recommend Tucson Film Festival!

    November 2023
  • I attended the Tucson Film Festival for the first time this year and I was very impressed by the welcome, the quality of the films selected, the warm hospitality. It was a pleasure to get in touch with other filmmakers who came from different parts of America, and with some of them we created a nice network of personal and professional friendships. For this reason, I hope to be able to return soon to such a rich festival, in such a stimulating city.

    November 2023
  • David Wild

    Michael and the Festival Staff were just great -- so happy Howdy Pardner could screen in Tucson. Thanks!

    November 2023
  • Stephen Purvis

    This is one of the best film festivals around. They treat the filmmakers like family. Tucson is an excellent festival.

    November 2023
  • Kurt Lancaster

    Excellent Festival! Friendly and fun!

    November 2023