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Guess Who is Coming to the Festival

You never know who will drop in for their screening. From Rockabul, Qais, a member of the band featured and producer, Billy Gould, best known as the bassist of Faith No More held a lively Q&A after the screening. The filmmakers of Almost Ghosts have travelled from Spain to present their unusual documentary on Route 66. And Shannon Murray who gives a rousing performance in Rag Doll will be on hand to take your questions. Remember Indie Films Matter!!

Welcome to the 2019 Arizona International Film Festival

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,800 films representing 95 countries to over 160,000 patrons in southern Arizona. And now, the 28th edition will select more exciting and innovative films from around the world for Arizona audiences.

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  • Running Shadow

    Running Shadow

    Carlos Rafael Betancourt
    United States 2018, 14 min.

    A young Lakota woman dreams of running competitively outside the Reservation, but with broken shoes and no real track to practice on, her chances seem slim... more ›

  • The Cage of Sand

    The Cage of Sand

    Edward Rankus
    United States 2018, 11 min.

    If asked to say what this work is about in one word, the answer—which is woven into the soundtrack—would be a Joycean one: it’s a... more ›

  • Bus


    Lee Gwang-jin
    South Korea 2018, 10 min.

    A bus is en route and Miyoung looks around looking a bit anxious. Most seats are vacant but there is a man standing beside her. She peeks at the man and... more ›

  • Baba's Next Chapter

    Baba's Next Chapter

    Jamie C.X. Wang
    United States 2018, 9 min.

    As her father's retirement approaches, a student filmmaker living abroad decides to bring a story from his novel to life, in an attempt to encourage the aging... more ›

  • Totalité


    Laurie Little
    United States 2019, 14 min.

    From his darkroom and streets of Lyon, France to the Illinois countryside, photographer/umbraphile, Richard Bellia chases the 2017 eclipse with daughter,... more ›

  • To Hell and Gone

    To Hell and Gone

    Kyle Moore
    United States 2019, 82 min.

    Eden is a good old gal who has worked her ranch out in Klondyke, Arizona for years. But today is going to be different. Today there are four deadly criminals... more ›

  • Girls Grow Up Drawing Horses

    Girls Grow Up Drawing Horses

    Joanie Wind
    United States 2018, 7 min.

    A woman explores gender roles, heteronormativity, and the life of her deceased grandmother through horses and other visual metaphors... more ›

  • On the Tip of the Tongue

    On the Tip of the Tongue

    Vincent Bonnay
    France 2018, 52 min.

    "AwA'ahdah", "iishuh", "ilah qe'xleh" ... Words from the end of the world, forgotten, that have almost lost any meaning, even to their people. In Alaska, the... more ›

  • Fuse


    Shadi Adib
    Germany 2018, 7 min.

    A mousetrap snaps shut, a market place awakens. A group of men heatedly discuss how to kill the animal in the little box. One after the other, they try to... more ›

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Meet Our Visiting Filmmakers

Congrats to filmmakers Richard Perry (Six Days of Sistine) from London, Ellen Brodsky and Priscila Reyes (25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln) and Len Morris (Children of Bal Ashram) for their informative Q&A sessions. You can reprise them on our Facebook page.

Concert at Hotel Congress

 A great impromptu concert by Alana Sweetwater on Sunday when Alana performed the original soundtrack from APPLE SEED which had its world premiere at The Screening Room. The screening was a tribute to Rance Howard and his final performance.

The Making of TO HELL AND GONE

Thank you to Kyle Moore (director), Carr Cavendar (actor/producer) and Sean Carney (composer) for sharing their story about the making of "To Hell and Gone" on Saturday morning. If you missed this enlightening conversation, you can watch it on our Facebook page.


The 2019 Arizona International Film Festival is pleased to announce that the Opening Night film, GUEST ARTIST starring Jeff Daniels, was a sell-out.  The Opening Night Celebrations at the historic Hotel Congress was a smash.  Thank you Hotel Congress and Kai Carlson-Wee for reading your poetry.

2019 Festival Co-Chairs Announced

The Festival is pleased to announce that this year Festival Co-Chairs are David Slutes, the Entertainment Director of Hotel and Club Congress and Alba Jaramillo, a community leader in social justice and human rights and the arts. David is a vital leader in the Tucson music scene and has made many contributions to the growth of downtown Tucson. Alba is a stage actress and founder of Teatro Dignidad, a new theater company that stages plays that address human rights, and performed solo in their first play “Digna.”

Announcing 2019 Festival Line-up

The Selection Committee has released their selection of films including 28 features and 72 shorts from 22 countries for screening at the 28th anniversary Arizona International Film Festival.  The Selection Committee praised the quality and diversity of the record number of films submitted this year. Congratulations filmmakers!

Tucson Welcomes Festival Filmmakers

Out-of-town visitors have a variety of choices when it comes to resting their heads after an exciting day at the Festival!  Hotel Tucson, where cinematic legend John Wayne used to stay, the historical Hotel Congress, which housed and aided in the arrest of infamous bank robber John Dillinger, the Ramada Inn located on the modern streetcar line and Country Inn & Suites. Each hotel features discounted rates for anyone attending the Arizona International Film Festival. Watch here for more information and rates.

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Best of Arizona

Congrats to the Arizona International Film Festival for being selected the 8th Best Festival in Arizona. Only Film Festival in the list of 15 Festivals and the highest ranked Festival in Tucson. Click here to see list.

Read our Filmmaker Interviews in our ZINE!

Check out our ZINE!  Featuring insightful interviews with 2017 and 2018 festival  filmmakers.  Enjoy the interviews with the directors of Three Wishes (China), Rodents of Unusual Size (USA), The DMZ (South Korea), Lost & Found (Ireland), The Divide (USA) and A Sniper's War (Ukraine).  Thank you to our Asian Cinema consultant, Andy Marco, based in Shanghai, for conducting these interviews.