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Updated March 3, 2015


Project Runway Season 14 Now Casting

 We’re now casting a new season of Project Runway, and we’re thrilled to announce the application is now online, saving designers the time and expense of printing portfolios and mailing their applications.


We’re looking for the best fashion designers for the show, and would love to hear who is qualified in Phoenix.


We're excited to offer designers the chance to showcase their work during New York Fashion Week, and the opportunity to win $100,000 or more to launch or expand their own fashion line. 


The application deadline is March 16th, 2015. Applicants can learn more and apply at



The Tucson Cine Mexico 2015

The Tucson Cine Mexico 2015 ticketing and program information is now available on the website,


This year's lineup includes outstanding and award-winning documentaries, dramas, comedies, and a thriller. All films will be FREE and presented at the newly renovated Screening Room.


Don't miss special events such as the Mexican box office hit Gloria (screening in advance of its USA release) and a musical performance after the documentary Corridos, sones y pasiones!



Arizona Production Association – RFP for Website Improvements

As some of you know, at the beginning of 2014, APA launched a new website. A few months later, we sent out a RFP to begin making enhancements to the site, and in the fall we added on the capability for all banner ad spots on the site to rotate through specific artwork, allowing more than one advertiser to purchase each spot in addition to ALL advertisers having their artwork displayed in ALL open spots on the site - a great value for a minimal investment for the advertiser.


Our current enhancement project that is already underway is a "Membership Management" feature that will allow EXISTING members to renew online as well as request changes to their information at any time during their membership year.


Looking forward to the rest of 2015 and beyond, we have a new "wish list" of things we'd like to accomplish. Therefore, the Internet Committee has put together that list in the form of a RFP so that any interested vendors can submit bids for part or all of our list.


The current site is on a Concrete platform, but we're looking into moving it to a newer technology - Laravel. (That sentence was for the programmers among you!)


If you're a web designer or know someone who is, please check out the RFP. If you have any questions, we're having an OPEN MEETING NEXT FRIDAY, FEB. 27, at 5:30 PM here at APA's office to address any questions or requests for more info. You then have several weeks after that to quote on whatever portion of the RFP that you want - or all of it.


If you're interested in bidding and want to attend the OPEN Q&A NEXT FRIDAY, please RSVP to:


In the meantime, check out our RFP or forward this to any web gurus you know:




Thanks for helping us make your membership work better for you! 


Updated February 9, 2015


Pitch Your Film and TV Ideas to Entertainment Industry Professionals

To register for one or both events, go to  Space is limited.  Sign up soon.  Deadline is February 13.

Improve Your Pitch Workshop - Tucson

Learn the ultimate Do's and Don'ts of pitching to Hollywood, including important tips on how to improve your pitch and how to avoid the biggest pitfalls of pitching. You will also learn how to create an effective logline with the best chance of making a sale. Plus, there will be volunteer opportunities to have pitches demonstrated and improved during the workshop. Taught by award-winning writer, producer, and former TV development executive, Lorna Soroko.

Friday, February 20, 2015
1:00-4:00 p.m.
UA Marshall Building
845 N Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
$45/FREE for full-time students with ID

Pitch Fest - Tucson

Pitch one-on-one with top-notch entertainment industry professionals who know how to get your project made. Present three five-minute pitches to the Pitch Fest's industry professionals, and they will give you valuable feedback to help you sell your pitch. First place is a pitch with a top Hollywood producer; other winners get private consultations with the Pitch Fest professionals. Sometimes the Pitch Fest professionals option a lucky pitch!

Some of the new and visiting industry professionals this year include Peter Murrieta, a 2-time Emmy winner, Matt Martin, a motion picture literary agent at CAA, Susie Hernandez, a PBS Associate Programming Director, and Josh Murphy, V.P. of Development for Pilgrim Studios, a prolific producer of reality TV. See the website for a complete list of participating industry professionals.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
1:00-4:00 p.m.
UA Marshall Building
845 N Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
$20/FREE for full-time students with ID


Updated February 2, 2014


IFP Phoenix – Competition Screenings

Join us Wednesday, February 4th at 7pm!


For this challenge, we’tt be screening 14 competition films and 2 bonus films!  Prizes for this challenge are entries into over 20 different film festivals, so come out and see the best Arizona has to offer!

Where: Phoenix Art Museum

Cost: $12


Get your tickets here today!


A3F 48 Hour Challenge Kick-Off Party!

The start of your 2-day adventure….


We are excited to announce the location of our kick-offparty on Friday, February 13 from 5:30pm to 7pm.  We will be on the rooftop of the Clarendon Hotel in midtown Phoenix.


Plenty of free parking, cash bar, live music, breathtaking views, social mixer and a chance to size-up your competition.  Open to all ages and all members of your team!  More info here.


Save the Date! APA's Annual Membership Meeting is FEB. 17!

APA kicks off every New Year with a chance for all of our members to come out and meet APA's leadership for the coming year and hear what the organization has planned for the months ahead. The evening begins with a casual dinner provided by APA, followed by the formal meeting and a question and answer period. When the meeting's over, take a tour of the fabulous facility, mingle with friends, and network with other industry pros.


We're excited to announce that 2015's annual meeting will be hosted by MERESTONE at their fabulous facility in Tempe! The date is set for Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Merestone's studio facility is located at 2625 S.Wilson Street, Suites 100 - 104, Tempe, AZ 85282.


The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open sooner for food service, but we don't have an exact time for that yet.


ALL industry professionals are invited to attend. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss it, and stay tuned for more details as the event approaches!


Member Benefits


The APA is always looking for ways to improve the value of membership to our existing members.


Currently, the Arizona Production Association is researching various methods to offer Health Insurance to its members that may be less than what you are currently paying for health care coverage. At this point, we are only in the research stage and need to get an idea of how many members might be interested so we can look into options.


Would you be interested in learning more about healthcare coverage through the Arizona Production Association? If so, please contact our Membership Chair, Traci Langston, by calling the office at 480-345-6464 or:


Please let other members know about this possible benefit as well, so we can get an idea of how many people may participate.  

Updated January 21, 2015


The Phoenix Film Office has received several inquiries related to filming events occurring during the weeks preceding the Super Bowl.

Productions should be aware that Downtown Phoenix is being transformed into the NFL Experience and the Verizon Super Bowl Central.  Roughly 12 blocks will be closed through approximately February 4th.  There is also heavy commercial advertising that has been erected and many buildings and windows have been skinned by advertisers.  Approximately 1 Million people are expected to visit the location during the week leading up to the Super Bowl on February 1st.  If a production wishes to film inside of the 12 block zone, please contact the Phoenix Film Office at (602) 262-4850 for contact information for the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Sky Harbor International Airport is closed for filming.  This includes all areas inside and outside of the terminals including roads surrounding the airport.  Normal filming activity will be allowed to resume on February 12th.

South Mountain is a popular filming location for visiting productions, however several areas are closed.  A strong rain storm in the fall compromised many of the roads within the park and locations such as San Juan Road and Tower Road (leading to Dobbins Lookout) are closed.  Should a production wish to film in the areas that are open, please contact the Phoenix Film Office at (602) 262-4850 for further details and permitting.

Filming requests that require Phoenix Police will not be permitted.  All available officers are working security on the multitude of events throughout the valley and thus are unable to work film projects.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Phoenix Film Office at (602) 262-4850.


The Carlos Fuentes ballroom at the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix will host a film festival showing award-winning films by Mexican-American filmmaker Paul Espinosa.

The Film Festival will include: The Hunt for Pancho Villa (1993) (February 6th), The U.S. Mexican War: 1846-1848 (1998) (February 13th and 20th) …and the earth did not swallow him (1995) (February 27th). Film screenings will take place on Fridays, starting on February 6th at 7:00 PM in the Consulate General of Mexico building at 320 E. McDowell Rd. 3rd floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Filmmaker Paul Espinosa will be present during the first screening of The Hunt for Pancho Villa and the last screening of …and the earth did not swallow him on Feb 27.  Espinosa is an award-winning filmmaker and Arizona State University professor who has been working in film for over 35 years. His production company, Espinosa Productions, has produced many films for PBS focused on the US-Mexico border region. His films have won eight Emmys, five CINE Golden Eagle awards and many top honors at film festivals around the country. There will be discussion sessions after each film, led by Espinosa on Feb 6 and 27 and by Dr. Matt Garcia (Arizona State University) on Feb 13 and Dr. Pete Dimas (Phoenix College) on Feb 20.

For more information on Espinosa's films, please visit


A3F 48 Hour Film Challenge

Early registration deadline January 23, so sign-up and save today!

We are just 4 weeks away from the start of Arizona's largest film challenge.  Your adventure takes place February 13-15 with the Top 20 Public Screening on Thursday, February 26 at AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres.

Yes, your film has the chance to play in a REAL theatre on a HUGE screen and in front of HUNDREDS of your family and friends.  What are you waiting for?  Sign-up now!

The early registration fee of $40 per team expires on January 23 so you have one more week to register, save some $$$ and become Almost Famous!


Updated January 12, 2015

The More You Know – Notes from the Film Office

Hooding Parking Meters


Did you know that the Phoenix Film Office can hood meters for you at no charge?


Recently the City of Phoenix extended the weekday enforcement hours of parking meters to 8pm and even extended the enforcement to Saturdays.  However, with your Phoenix Film and Digital Media Permit the Film Office can hood meters which will allow you to park your essential vehicles there all day (if necessary).  And the cost to you?  FREE!  We offer this service to promote and encourage filming in downtown Phoenix.


All you need to do is create placards to go on the dashboards of the vehicles parking at the meters so the Meter Maid knows you are authorized to be there.

Updated January 5, 2015

IFP Phoenix - Breakout Challenge 

Win Free Submission to Film Festivals!

The goal of the Break Out Challenge is to get Arizona filmmakers out into the world. To help accomplish that, IFP has established partnerships with many different film festivals to enable the winners of this challenge to submit their films for free! 

Some of the Festivals Already On Board Include:

-Chicago International Film Festival
-Monadnock International Film Festival
-Collinsville Film Festival
-New Haven International Film Festival
-Holly Shorts
-Green Mountain Film Festival
-Phoenix Film Festival
-Creative Arts Film Festival
-Take Two Film Festival
-Big Water Film Festival
-Beloit International Film Festival


Challenge Details
Kick-Off: Friday, January 9th, 2015 from 6pm-7:30pm @ NorthMountain Brewing
Turn In: Sunday, January 18th, 2015 by 7pm

Screening: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 @ the Phoenix Art Museum

Registration is only $25 for IFP members, and $45 for Non-Members.

Don't wait!


Last year, our winners submitted to over 20 festivals!  So Register Now!!


If you have any questions, email


2015 A3F 48 Hour Short Film Challenge

Registration is now open!
The largest film challenge in the Southwest is back!  The 11th Annual A3F 48 Hour Short Film Challenge takes place February 13-15, 2015. 

Click on over to our website for registration information and compete in the most exciting film event of 2015!



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