Film submissions are now OPEN for the
2018 Phoenix Film Festival.

Submission deadline is December 18, 2017

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Filmmakers LOVE the Phoenix Film Festival and we want you to find out why!

PFF 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 annually screens over 200 films, holds amazing parties and provides filmmaking seminars to capacity audiences. Over 25,000 attendees enjoy the  festival.  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.

What are you waiting for? Make sure your film fits into one of these categories and enter!

Have a short screenplay? scroll down for info on the Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search.

Have a horror or sci-fi film? Take a look at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival.


Feature films have a total running time of over 60 minutes and includes both narrative and documentary films.

Feature Films - US Made
Documentary Feature - US Made
World Cinema Features - Made Outside US
Arizona Feature Films
African American Directed Features
Latino American Directed Features
Native American Directed Features


Medium-length films have a total running time between 31 and 59 minutes.

Medium Length Documentaries - US Made


Short films have a total running time of under 30 minutes

Live Action Short Films - US Made
College Short Films
Animated Shorts
World Cinema Shorts - Made Outside US
Short Documentary - US Made
Arizona Shorts - Made in Arizona
African American Directed Shorts
Latino American Directed Shorts
Native American Directed Shorts


The Phoenix Film Festival is a festival where you feel as if you and your film really matter.”
— Gorman Bechard, Director of "A Dog Named Gucci", Official Selection PFF2015
The Phoenix Film Festival engages 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 of "No Greater Love", 2016 Cox Audience Award Winner
The Phoenix Film Festival is the ultimate cinema-going experience as far as I’m concerned. I will definitely be coming back, whether as a filmmaker or just a fan!”
— Phil Furey, Director of "Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103", Official Selection PFF2016