Opening Night Event - Celebrate the Art of Food and see The Spectacular Now

The Opening Night Event features a cocktail party with a dozen restaurants participating, a screening of the Opening Night Movie and presentation of the Visionary Award.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here . Ticket price includes food, drink, entertainment and the film.


Opening Night Cocktail Party in The Arizona Republic Party Pavilion

Thursday, April 4th at 5:00pm


The 2013 Phoenix Film Festival kicks off in style with the Opening Night Cocktail Party where we’ll be celebrating the art of food. We’ve got a dozen restaurants on board to satisfy your appetite and sweet tooth.


In addition to food, entertainment will be provided by Colton Avery. You can find out more about Colton at


The Opening Night Event is also a fundraiser for the non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation which operates the Phoenix Film Festival and other film organizations. This is your opportunity to help support their student education programs through the silent auction and raffle.


Restaurants participating include: America's Taco Shop, Carlos O'Briens, Grimaldi's, Kiki's Custom Cupcakes, Outback Steakhouse, Postino, Roy's, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Sprinkles, TK's Tavern, Tommy Bahama and Whole Foods,


Then at starting at 7:00, we'll head over to the theatre for a screening of the Opening Night Film with director James Ponsoldt in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

The Spectacular NowThe Spectacular Now

Directed by James Ponsoldt

Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miles Teller


Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Amy has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together.