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 4, 2019

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. 

This event is SOLD OUT!

Arizona’s biggest Happy Hour
Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Friday, April 5, 2019
5:00pm - 1:00am

Grab some old friends, meet some new friends, and find your new favorite happy hour! No cover charge or movie ticket required.

  • Come be a part of Arizona's Biggest Happy Hour at the Phoenix Film Festival Party Pavilion. This "hour" lasts from 5:00pm - 1:00am 

  • Trivia, Prizes, Burlesque, Cornhole, Music, and more! 

  • Signature drinks by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • Short Leash Hot Dogs will have their food truck onsite!

SIlent auction
ONLINE: SUNDAY, March 31, 2019 - SUNday, april 7, 2019
Live: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Sunday, April 7, 2019

The online portion of the 19th Phoenix Film Festival Silent Auction will run from Sunday, March 31, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019; with the live event taking place on Thursday, April 4th to Sunday, April 7th.  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!


6:30pm - Midnight

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. 



Kids' day
Saturday, April 6, 2019
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!


Festival panel discussions
Saturday, april 6 and sunday april 7
2:30pm - 5:30PM

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.

Geek Day
Sunday, April 7, 2019
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 2019 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 7, 2019

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.