The 26th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running and largest film festival in Arizona, will run from April 19 to April 30, 2017 at exhibition venues throughout Downtown Tucson.

The Festival theme of Bridging Cultures provides a way for independent cinema to share images and voices from diverse cultures with Arizona communities. Since 1990, the Arizona International Film Festival has screened over 2600 films from 90 countries to 152,000 Arizonans of all ages.

Remaining true to the independent spirit, the Arizona International Film Festival is a venue for independent filmmakers in search of an independent audience.

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be made to the BEST in each category. The BEST OF ARIZONA also will be awarded to an Arizona entry.

Rules & Terms

Open to independent works of all lengths in narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental categories.

- Films and videos entered in the festival must have been completed between
January 2016 and January 2017.
- Works entered must be an Arizona premiere.
- Arizona entries may have had one public Arizona screening.
- Entries must be in English or have English subtitles
- Entries may originate from any film or video format.
- For pre-screening, on-line screeners (Vimeo) and/or DVD (NTSC or PAL formats) screeners are accepted.
- For festival screenings, finalists must supply a Blu-Ray and/or DVD in NTSC and PAL formats.

Entries must be submitted in one of the following categories:
Feature (Narrative, Animated, Experimental) (over 60 minutes)
Short Feature (Narrative, Animated, Experimental) (30 – 60 minutes)
Documentary Feature (over 30 minutes)
Documentary Short (up to 30 minutes)
Dramatic Short (up to 30 minutes)
Comedy Short (up to 30 minutes)
Animated Short (up to 30 minutes)
Experimental Short (up to 30 minutes)
Short Shorts (Dramatic, Comedy,Animated, Experimental) (under 5 minutes)
IndieYouth (filmmaker must be 18 or younger) (up to 15 minutes)

If the pre-screening committee judges that it is in the best interest of the filmmaker to change the category of an entry, the committee reserves the right to do so. Awards will be made to the BEST in each category. The BEST OF ARIZONA also will be awarded to an Arizona entry.

All submitted entries are reviewed by media panels and evaluated according to content, form and technical aspects. Panel members and the festival director will determine the finalists for screening at the festival. Entrants will be notified by email as to the status of the entry.

Filmmakers, curators, educators and critics will select festival award recipients from the finalists screened during the festival. Judges reserve the right not to select a winner in any given category. All decisions by the judges are final.

On-line screeners to and/or DVD screener and publicity materials to: Arizona International Film Festival, PO Box 431, Tucson, AZ 85702, USA. DVDs, stills, press kits and posters submitted with your entry will not be returned.

$60/$50* for works submitted in feature categories
$40/$30* for works submitted in short categories
$25/$20* for works under 5 minutes
$10 for IndieYouth works

* Earlybird submitted by January 9, 2017

An entry fee must be paid for each submission. Fee covers administrative and handling costs and is non-refundable. All entry materials, fees and publicity materials must be received by the final deadline of January 30, 2017.

Entrants are advised to submit publicity materials (press kits, posters and publicity photos) with your entry as this facilitates the publicizing of your film if accepted. Press materials can be submitted in an electronic format (photos should be 300dpi).

Clearly identify the title of the work on the shipping container. Finalists are responsible for arrangements and cost of shipping the exhibition print or tape to the festival by March 26, 2017.

The festival will cover the cost of return shipping within the United States.The festival will NOT pay for the cost of express shipping to other sites or international shipping. Please include payment to cover express or international shipping costs if required. Work screened at the festival will be shipped within 20 days of the close of the film festival unless other arrangements have been made.

Every care will be taken to safeguard entries while they are in the possession of the festival. However, if loss or damage occurs, the festival cannot accept or assume responsibility.

Entry into festival constitutes agreement with all festival rules and guidelines and implies permission to exhibit work during the festival.

For further Information:
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14 Reviews

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    Matt Twomey

    I had a great experience at the AIFF. We were warmly received and enthusiastically promoted. They even got me and my "stars" into the local radio station for an on-air interview. Had a great screening there, too, with a nearly packed theater. Good vibes, good films, good people.

    April 2017
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    Scott Ballard

    There are so many great things about this festival! Amazing hospitality, events, chances to meet other filmmakers, amazing films and they do an awesome job at marketing your film and screening. I've been lucky enough to screen here a few times and have enjoyed every time! Do submit and if you do, go!!!!

    January 2017
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    Richard Rabelbauer

    Thanks everybody for the great hospitality! Every single second of my stay was worth the long trip from Switzerland to Tucson. Hope, I can manage it to come back some day. Looking forward to...

    November 2016
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    Daniel Miller

    We’ve screened two films at this festival (our most recent won Best Documentary!) and it really is one of our favorites. The organizers are hardcore film lovers, the audiences are great, and Tucson is a ridiculously fun city.

    October 2016
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    Jeremy Carr

    We had a great time screening our feature film 'Other Madnesses' at the Arizona International Film Festival! Mia was a wonderful host and made sure we had everything we needed. The film looked and sounded perfect inside the intimate setting of The Screening Room, a cool art house theater in downtown Tucson. You get the sense that each film is carefully hand picked by people who truly appreciate cinema, and the staff go out of their way to support and publicize your film after the festival is over. I look forward to returning to AIFF in the future!

    October 2016