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

    Awesome! Great program and hospitality!

    October 2021
  • My favorite festival hands down. Not only do I love the theme and vibe of the films played here (which is why I submitted) but Michael who runs It, is fantastic and so kind. I felt really appreciated here and made a huge connection which was the icing on the cake.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! It was a pleasure working with you, it was great to screen your film, we look forward to what you have next!

  • Lance Kramer

    I love this festival! This was my first time in Tucson and they offered such a warm and inviting welcome. The Screening Room is a great venue and Tucson is a perfect town for a festival. Everything is super walkable and easy to get around. Michael Toubassi, the festival director, is a lovely person who really cares about the films in the festival and makes sure the filmmakers have an excellent time in town. The food in Tucson was delicious, we also took a beautiful hike surrounded by cacti, got some local press, and made new friends. Amazing experience. Highly recommend this festival!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We can't thank you enough! We loved your film and think everyone should see The First Step. Thank you for making the trip and participating in the Q&A. We look forward to your next project!

  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! It was fun screening with you. Please send us your next western!

  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!