The first round of films announced for the 2013 Phoenix Film Festival

The 2013 Phoenix Film Festival has announced its films scheduled to be included in this Festival’s film lineup. The lineup features some of the brightest new talent the industry has to offer.  See some highlighted titles below but see more by clicking here

LOS WILD ONES, the Wild Records Documentary directed by Elise Salomon making its debut at SXSW, who produced the 2009 hit PAPER HEART.


UPRISING, directed by Fredrik Stanton, which tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees.


WAKING, directed by Ben Shelton, about an engaged man on the verge of success, who meets a beautiful woman who he can connect with in his dreams.


THE STORY OF LUKE, directed by Alonso Mayo, a comedy about Luke, a young man with autism who is on a quest for a job and a girlfriend.


THE RETRIEVAL, the Civil War era film, directed by Chris Eska, about a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man, which will also be debuting at SWSW.


PUTZEL, directed by Jason Chaet, which is about a young man named Walter Himmelstein endearingly known as Putzel, whose life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s fish store and his community on the upper west side of Manhattan.


LONELY BOY, directed by Dale Fabrigar, about the romantic misadventures of a schizophrenic bachelor.


FAVOR, directed by Paul Osborne, a film about true friends and the things they do for each other, which will be having its World Premiere at the Festival.


DOWN AND DANGEROUS, directed by Zak Forsman, an action crime thriller, also having its World Premiere at the Festival.


MUSIC CITY USA, directed by Chris McDaniel, which is a documentary about Nashville, and is also having its World Premiere at the Festival.


The full synopsis and trailer of each film is now available at the Phoenix Film Festival’s website. “We're very excited about how this year's lineup is shaping up,” says Jason Carney, Executive Director of the Phoenix Film Foundation. “Having three world premieres is a great start and we're excited about other potential films joining our lineup."

The 13th Annual Phoenix Film Festival occurs this year from Thursday, April 4th to Thursday, April 11th. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last year’s festival saw over 23,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year.  The week-long Festival will be held once again at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054.