Film Submissions

We are now taking submissions  for the 16th Annual Phoenix Film Festival to be held
April 7 – 14, 2016.

The Phoenix Film Festival is a festival where you feel as if
you and your film really matter.  

– Gorman Bechard, Director of 2015 Documentary selection “A Dog Named Gucci”.


The Phoenix Film Festival, fresh off its best year yet, is planning for another big year and we want you to be a part of this great filmmaker event.

The PFF has been named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals and a Top 50 Worth the Entry Fee byMovieMaker Magazine and has been called the most filmmaker-friendly festival out there.


The Phoenix Film Festival annually screens over 150 films, holds amazing parties and provided filmmaking seminars to capacity audiences. Over 23,000 attendees enjoy the 8 day 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.


But don’t just take our word for it. Check out what some of our past filmmakers had to say about the Phoenix Film Festival:

“Of all the film festivals I’ve been to Phoenix was by far the most relaxed and fun, with great enthusiastic audiences and interesting engaging films.  I love the Phoenix Film Festival and can’t wait to go back.” – Matt Rabinowitz, Director of “The Frontier”


“The people of the Phoenix Film Festival seem to instinctively know what filmmakers need:Encouragement, fun and so often overlooked in the film world- kinship. I don’t know how, but PFF understands. All the filmmakers felt pampered, not just by the amazing screening facility or the cool parties but by the warmth and real friendship extended. Never have I been to a film festival wherecamaraderie, instead of competition between filmmakers was fostered, where fun and imagination was extended from the film making process and into the film screening experience. PFF wasn’t just a place to screen to the filmmakers there, but the time of their lives.” – Eddie Jemison, Director of “King of Herrings


“We premiered our feature documentary at the Phoenix Film Festival and I’m pretty sure they ruined my future festival experience by being too good to us. There wasn’t a time where we didn’t feel well taken care of. It was definitely one of the best times I’ve ever had and I will definitely be back.”– Frank Ferendo, Co-Director “Angel of Nanjing”


“Can I coin a phrase to talk about the Phoenix Film Festival? Let’s call it the “ultimate fest experience”or maybe “fest quest achieved!” Ok, so maybe I can’t coin a phrase that’s catchy. But regardless, all indie filmmakers go to festivals with goals in mind whether it’s audience feedback or networking. The Phoenix Film Festival exceeded all my expectations and raised the bar for what a festival experience should be. The audiences the PFF attracted were the biggest and best I have seen anywhere. Not to mention they were excited, engaged and intelligent film-goers – the exact people you want at your screenings! I enjoyed a sold-out show for my film 45RPM and received thoughtful feedback and encouragement from viewers and filmmakers alike.” – Juli Jackson, Director of “45 RPM”

“I don’t need to tell you that filmmakers often exist in a vacuum as they toil to make their films come to life. The fact that I was invited to screen my film, not once but 3 times, was really great. The Phoenix Film Festival is pure heaven for any filmmaker. I highly recommend it.” – Whitney Ransick, Director of “Misfire:The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery”

The Phoenix Film Festival is giving you two different ways to submit (but you only have to choose one)! We will be accepting submissions through Withoutabox and Film Freeway.

Thank you so much for submitting to the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival. Good Luck and we hope to see you at the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival!