Indie Film Fest is a multi day, multi venue, indie film festival, in downtown Phoenix, AZ during the beginning of February of each year. Established in 2018 Indie Film Fest hosts sold out screenings, packed music concerts, and an inclusive selection that leaves every audience wanting more. Our Award winners have been announced for 2020, so feel free to check out all off our posts on our social media pages.

In 2020 we saw more than 1000 indie film lovers come out over the 3 day festival in downtown Phoenix. Our festival is proud to announce that we donated $5000 for grants this year directly to artists for waivers, film production assistance and arts projects all surrounding The Indie Film Fest. We also donated $1000 to charities connected to our festival such as Made in Her Image and Kwss Independent Radio. Be a part of this new way of premiering your film at The Indie Film Fest 2020.

Front Page of the Phoenix Newtimes Monday following our 2020 festival:

Phoenix Newtimes called Indie Film Fest "one of best things to do in Phoenix"

All competition films will receive a financial email rewarding your film with an equal split of the proceeds for filmmakers. All Official Selection competition films receive equal share of the proceeds from tickets sales set for the filmmakers.

Arizona Republic calls Indie Film Fest After Party "Top things to do in Phoenix"
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Our goal is to help the filmmakers have as much success through our festival as possible. We feature each filmmaker in our marketing as well as on the days of the festival capturing interviews for future press for the filmmakers. All these little things we feel give filmmakers the best chance to have a successful year premiering their film.

Our 2021 submissions will begin on APRIL 1st, 2020. We hope to help you premiere you film.

Check out for more information about the festival.

Best Indie Film
Best Indie Documentary
Best Indie Director
Best Indie Animation Film
Best Indie Music Video
Best Indie Cinematography
People's Choice Awards

Your film must have been completed no earlier than December 2018. Your film must still hold a theatrical World Premiere Status as well as a Digital World Premiere Status. If your film has been selected or screened at another festival please notify of those selections, you are still eligible. Your film must have an independent budget of no more than $250,000. You can not have any major studio, promotional partner, or commercial sponsor involved with the funding of your film. We are looking for only true independent films. If you have hosted a fundraiser screening you are still eligible for this festival. Your film must be able to screen via a digital file, you must provide a HD digital version of your film. You must have english subtitles if primary language is not english. Your film must be at least 2minutes in length. Please no horror films. We are not responsible for lost submissions. We do not guarantee official selections. Your film will be viewed by our jurry and if selected you will be contacted prior to the notification notice. All films with World Premiere status will have opportunity to collect a profit share from the sales from the screening. We are only accepting online submissions at this time.

Overall Rating
  • Deonna Weatherly

    The festival was such an amazing experience!

    March 2020
  • The festival directors did a phenomenal job on putting on this event. They really emphasized on helping independent films and filmmakers get more exposure. Great work guys!

    February 2020
  • This is an amazing film festival. These guys did an incredible job with their social media outreach and engagement!

    February 2020
  • I was impressed with this festival from the start. They reached out right away to let me know what they needed from me, and they did a super job with publicity. Unlike so many festivals, these folks know how to host. They created such a positive and supportive community feel for the event that it made me wish I could move here. Thank you Pita, Matty, Kash, Samia, and all for including "Esperanza's Turn" in your program and making me feel at home. I have no doubt your festival will continue to grow!

    February 2020
  • Brooke Trantor

    For iNDIE FILM FEST's first year, I was highly impressed!! I was able to come from Los Angeles for the festival. All venues were downtown, and most were walkable from our hotel. Communication with festival runners leading up to the festival was top notch. I was most impressed by the level of diversity in filmmakers and storytellers at the festival - it was incredible meeting people from the local Phoenix market, as well as filmmakers all around the world. The films that were selected all were incredibly brave storytelling that all had very clear messages that inspired change, empowered others, and left me and my team energized for our next project. This community is something very special, and I hope to be back to iNDIE Film Festival again very soon. They are doing a GREAT thing!! Keep on!!

    March 2019