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 2021, so feel free to check out all of our posts on our social media pages.

Indie Film Fest benefits Made In Her Image. Learn more about our partnership here:

In 2021 we went virtual and screened our films in over 10 countries and in front of hundreds of new indie film lovers nationwide. We had a groundbreaking year with our films at Indie Film Fest 2021. Check out our winners from 2021 at Because of the amazing success Indie Film Fest 2022 will be both online and in person with our new independent theater The Screening Room located at The Garden PHX at 15th Ave and Thomas in downtown Phoenix. Along with the opening of our very own theater we will be hosting the films on our "Screening Room" page for the entire world to join and be a part of regardless if you are in Phoenix for the festival. We will be adding more venues to the festival announcements for nights 2 and 3.

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 2022 submissions are now open. 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 2019. 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
  • I had a special opportunity to take part in this beautiful festival and to meet an Amazing Supportive team with big hearts and open mind. They made me embrace myself and love my art a little more.
    Thank you for Believing in my creation.

    February 2021
  • 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