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

ELIGIBILITY
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.

CATEGORIES & AWARDS
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.

JUDGING
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.

ENTRY PROCEDURES
On-line screeners to reelfrontier@gmail.com 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.

ENTRY FEES
$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.

PUBLICITY MATERIALS
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).

SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
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.

RETURN SHIPPING OF ENTRY
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.

LOSS & DAMAGE
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.

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

For further Information:
E-Mail: reelfrontier@gmail.com
Web Site: www.filmfestivalarizona.com

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    Robb S Garcia

    The festival was great! This is certainly a filmmaker's festival. Met some incredible people, saw some great films and inspired me to keep on doing what I do. I want especially thank Giulio, Mia, Claudia and all the staff and volunteers. They made me feel right at home. Thank you everybody and hope to be back soon. Jorge

    May 2017
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    Tuvan Media

    One of the best festival we have attended. Very special and unique from not only the festival but also festival operators. Arizona is very dry but its people are not "dry" at all, they're friendly and hospitable.
    Thank you and we love you all so much.

    May 2017
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    Toby Poser

    This is a great and memorable festival. We've been here twice and each experience was fantastic.... Great screenings with an engaging and curious audience; great venue; great networking; great hospitality. Giulio and his staff are top notch-- they really know and value the films and film makers and premote both with love and enthusiasm. We've met wonderful people there, and connections have to led to acting work in other films. The area where the Fest lives in Tucson is also the BEST. The film selection is really well-curated-- loved the films we saw-- and it felt good to be presenting amongst such cool films from all over the globe. This is a winner on the indie film fest circuit.

    May 2017
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    Leslie Ann Epperson

    Love the Arizona International Film Festival--the programming is excellent and the intimate, welcoming atmosphere is such a pleasure! Thanks AzIFF!

    May 2017
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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