There's more than just movies!

The best thing about the Phoenix Film Festival is that we not only have great films, but we have great things to do in between the films.

The Party Pavilion is free and open to the public all weekend. Networking events, workshops, DJs, booths -- the Party Pavilion is packed with fun, information and entertainment. You may come to the Phoenix Film Festival for the movies, but you'll stay for the parties!


Opening Night
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Phoenix's best restaurants cook up a wide variety of different foods that will satisfy any movie goer's appetite. Along with some of the best food and drink around, you'll get the chance to bid on some exclusive silent auction items. And when you are full, it's time to go to the theatre for the Phoenix Film Festival's Opening Night Film. 

Tickets are $60 per person. All proceeds go to the Phoenix Film Foundation's education programs.

Opening Night features music from Amelia.

SIlent auction
ONLINE: SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018 - SUNday, april 8, 2018
Live: Thursday, April 5, 2018 - Sunday, April 8, 2018

The online portion of the 18th Phoenix Film Festival Silent Auction will run from Sunday, April 1, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018; with the live event taking place on Thursday, April 5th to Sunday, April 8th.  Proceeds from the auction go to Phoenix Film Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support and develop the artistic appreciation, educational opportunities and growth of independent film within Arizona.

Auction items from prior events ranged from fantastic vacation getaways to unique film and television memorabilia and collectibles; along with fun items from local businesses! Plus, if you can't make it out to the Festival this year, there are still a few items you can bid on!



From 5pm - 11pm, actors, directors, producers, agents  and everyone else working in the Arizona film industry gather to rub elbows and exchange business cards during this FREE event.

Would you like to have a table at Industry night? Over 1200 people joined us last year for Industry Night. Become an exhibitor and get the word out about your film, project, organization or company at the Phoenix Film Festival. 


Friday Night is Fox Networks Party featuring music from Rick Sabral, Tyler King, and we finish the night with Karaoke band The Rhythm Edition.


Kids' day
Saturday, April 7, 2018
9am - 2pm

Kids' Day gives  children of all ages the chance to learn about the art of film for FREE. Younger festival-goers can grab a movie poster to color or attend a crafts and story time event. Older film fans can try their hand at acting, editing and creating their own short films. These age-appropriate stations allow kids to explore the filmmaking process from beginning to end, and every part in between!

Kids will also be able to to check out SPACE JAM at a special price after attending the event.

Kids' Day is presented by IFP/Phoenix, Bookmans


Festival panel discussions
Saturday, april 7 and sunday april 8
2:30pm - 6:30PM

Our FREE weekend educational filmmaker panel discussions are open to the public and designed to enhance your Festival experience by bringing together filmmakers, film lovers and industry professionals.

Check out the WEEKEND PANEL SCHEDULE for more details.

Saturday Night Party
Saturday, April 7, 2018
5:30PM - 1AM

Come and hang out at the coolest hot spot in the Valley for our Saturday Night Party!

Have a drink, get on your feet and hear some of the best music in the valley! The night starts off with acoustic singer-songwriter, JAM. And then we dance the night away with a surprise guest.





Geek Day
Sunday, April 8, 2018
1:30 pm - 6:30 PM

We know you love all things geeky! We do too! So come and gather with your like-minded friends for the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival Geek Day. Whether you love zombies, superheroes, comic books, cosplay, vampires, steampunk, Star Wars, anime or all of the above, Geek Day will cover it. 

Are you an owner of a geeky business? Become a vendor at Geek Day by clicking on the link below.


sunday night COPPER WING awards party
Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday may be the last night of the Party Pavilion,  but it's the place to be at night! See for yourself who will win the coveted Copper Wing Award. Local and national filmmakers hope to bring home the copper, but regardless, everyone wins because there's always great music and a cool drink before the Pavilion closes for the year at midnight.

Sunday Night features musical stories from Robby Roberson and friends


FRIday night CAFEPINO AFTER party
FRIday, April 13, 2018

We don't need a tent to party! After the Friday night films, come on over to Cafe Pino for some great drinks, great food and great music from eighteen year-old americana singer/songwriter Lois Zozobrado.





Saturday Night CIEN AGAVES AFTER party
SATURday, April 14, 2018

Saturday night is the last night we have to party the night away! So come on over to Cien Agaves for some tacos, some tequila and some music from award-winning musician Jeordie.