We're excited to open the call for entries for the 17th Annual Phoenix Film Festival. Our dates for the upcoming year are April 6 to April 13, 2017 and we anticipate another great year with incredible films and film-hungry audiences. We've got a great venue, excited folks and all we need are your films.

The Phoenix Film Festival has been named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals and a Top 50 Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine and has been called the most filmmaker-friendly festival out there. The Phoenix Film Festival is a program of the 501c(3) non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, started in 2000, and it has quickly become Arizona's Largest Film Festival.

"The Phoenix Film Festival is first and foremost a filmmaker's festival. It is a privilege for us to screen your film and we do not take that for granted. Filmmakers return year after year, even if they don't have a film at the festival, and that's something were extremely proud of. If you submit to us, rest assured your film will be reviewed and be given sincere consideration." - Jason Carney, Executive Director

The Phoenix Film Festival annually screens over 150 films, holds amazing parties and provides filmmaking seminars to capacity audiences of over 25,000. The Festival takes place all in one convenient location and is held on 7 screens at the state of the art Harkins Scottsdale/101. All parties and workshops are held in the Party Pavilion just outside the theatre. Which means everything you need is right on site.

The Festival will be held over eight days, including the United States best competition for feature-length premiere independent films, several film premieres and screenings outside of competition from major U.S. Studios and filmmakers in our Showcase Program, a Foreign Film Showcase of feature and short-length films, many Short Film Programs including College, Animated, Documentary and Arizona Filmmakers. This year we're proud to announce our Unified by Film program which will feature films from Latino American, African American and Native American directors.

Don't just take it from us, here are just a few comments we received from our 2016 filmmakers......

“Phoenix Film Festival has garnered a reputation among filmmakers as a "filmmaker festival". The reason is because they engage filmmakers at a heart level and diligently care for the creators and their crafts. They also engage the community in a powerful way that mobilizes Phoenicians to see unique and profound films. They work to connect artists to the community that they love and, as a result, create a magical experience.”
Justin Roberts, Director, “No Greater Love”

“The Phoenix Film Festival just does everything right. They take care of their filmmakers and go out of their way to create an environment where everyone can really get to know each other. I quickly made a new group of friends, and every film we saw was excellent. The audiences were smart and engaged, and nearly every screening I attended was packed. The city and community really support their film festival, and the festival doesn’t take this for granted and really delivers. The staff is terrific, and every time you turn a corner you see a high-level staffer interacting with filmmakers or festivalgoers. Of course, the parties are so much fun, especially because by the time the first party rolls around you’ve already made a lot of new friends.”
Bay Dariz, Producer, “Welcome to Happiness”

"The Phoenix Film Festival is the ultimate cinema-going experience as far as I'm concerned. Taking place at one fantastic venue makes it possible for the most rabid film nuts to spend their entire week bouncing around to a well-curated slate of movies. There is so much love behind this festival and I will definitely be coming back, whether as a filmmaker or just a fan!"
Phil Furey, Director, "Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103"

“Participating in the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival was an absolutely incredible experience. Not only is the festival impeccably run by a slew of attentive staff and volunteers, but also the quality of the programming is outstanding. Additionally, I was really impressed with the festival’s commitment to the community, whether through workshops for students or Q and A’s with filmmakers. I love participating in these kinds of activities, and I truly believe they are a vital part of the film going (and loving) experience. Thank you Phoenix Film Festival!”
Scott K. Foley, Co-writer/Director, “Jessica”

The Phoenix Film Festival is a program on the Phoenix Film Foundaiton. The Foundation is a 501c3 Non-profit Organization whose mission is to support and develop the artistic appreciation, educational opportunities and growth of independent film within and outside of Arizona. The Foundation’s primary functions through its programs are to promote the exhibition of independent films and conduct educational programs that teach the art of independent filmmaking.

Awards & Prizes

Copper Wing Awards

Categories vary. May include (subject to change): Best Picture, Audience Award, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Acting, Best AZ Filmmaker, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Documentary, etc.

Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search winner will receive $250, an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you and A 5-year membership to Script Pipeline's Writers Database.

Rules & Terms

1. I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered.
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.
3. This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
4. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for Festival screening and promotional purposes and to extract clips from this film for promotional purposes. I understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.
5. I understand that the Phoenix Film Festival ("Festival") and the Phoenix Film Foundation (“Foundation” are not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the print during screenings, at any other time during the course of the Festival, while the film is in the Festival’s possession or while en route to or from the Festival, and I release The Phoenix Film Festival ("Festival") and the Phoenix Film Foundation from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the print while en route to/from the Festival or while it is in their possession.
6. Should this film win a Copper Wing Award (“Award”) at the Phoenix Film Festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to name the individual(s) listed on the Copper Wing Award Designation List (to be received upon notice of selection to Festival) to receive any and all award(s).
7. In the event the designated party is unable to attend the awards ceremony, I understand that the director and/or producer of the film as listed in the credits of the film shall accept any and all awards in their stead.
8. If selected as a participant in the Festival, television ready media clips of the film must be provided by the date provided on notice of selection.
9. If selected as a participant I will deliver the film in format requested by deadline set at time of acceptance.
10. Shorts films may not screen in the Phoenix Metro area from January 1 to April 30, 2017 if selected. Features must have a Phoenix Metro area premiere. This does not include Sedona or Tucson
11. A film will not be considered in multiple categories. The entrant must select the appropriate category at time of submission.
12. This film will not be available online publicly until the completion of the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival.

10 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Janett Salas

    The Phoenix Film Festival is an amazing festival. They really know how to make everyone from audience members to filmmakers feel like they're the best.

    June 2017
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    Clayton Smith

    A fantastic festival with excellent support staff and programming.

    May 2017
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    Michael McKinley

    My film HAPPY has been in 12 festivals since October, and I can honestly report that far and away, Phoenix Film Festival was the most positive experience of them all, in every way. The entire staff, from Jason Carney on down, were warm, welcoming, professional, and FUN!

    This festival takes care of the Filmmakers they bring in, like no other I have attended.

    Also of note, I found that I bonded with several of the other filmmakers in both a personal and professional way, which I had previously not done at other festivals. Perhaps it was partially the specific chemistry of 'us', but I can say that this atmosphere of camaraderie is definitely encouraged by the festival staff. The thunderous applause from my fellow filmmakers when our film took home the Sydney K. Shapiro Humanitarian Award, is a memory I will cherish always.

    In fact, I had such a great time, I intend to visit Phoenix again next Spring, just so that I can attend the festival! When do passes go on sale? Thanks for all the love and support, Phoenix Film Festival. -Michael

    May 2017
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    Yaniv Berman

    We were honored to present our film Land of the Little People at the Phoenix Film Festival. The experience was wonderful. Great people. Amazing atmosphere and the festival crew felt like family. Coming all the way from Israel, it was totally worth it! Hope to be there again in the future!

    May 2017
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    Rick Hamilton

    A great event! Wonderful quality of selected films--most with multiple screening times in 7 theaters of a large multiplex and excellent quality picture and sound. Several panels with filmmakers on a variety of topics open to the public. Great Q&A sessions after each screening. I would highly recommend!

    May 2017