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Updated July 25, 2016

Scottsdale International Film Festival

The 16th Scottsdale International Film Festival will showcase more than 50 films from more than 20 countries during five days and nights of screenings, Oct. 6–10. Among the diverse offerings are acclaimed dramas, thrillers, comedies, documentaries, kid-friendly flicks and more.

“The Scottsdale International Film Festival is elated to be in its 16
th year of bringing the best of world cinema to Arizona,” remarked Founder and Executive Director Amy Ettinger. “We’re looking forward to showcasing rare, entertaining and inspiring films that audiences may not have the chance to see elsewhere.”

The Scottsdale International Film Festival will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Daytime programming will include screenings of animated short films for children and documentaries. The Film Festival will host an opening celebration complete with live music, food and cocktails, followed by the opening night screening of “Denial,” the dramatic story about a vital battle for historical truth starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, in the Center’s Virginia G. Piper Theater. True-life heroine of the film, Deborah E. Lipstadt, will join for a live Skype discussion after the screening.

Following opening night, the Scottsdale International Film Festival will return to its longtime home, Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale, which will host all other screenings, Oct. 7–10.

The complete schedule of films, tickets and VIP passes will be available Sept. 6 through

Updated June 20, 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES - "Ladies 'Film' Night Out"

We're very excited to announce that this fall we'll be hosting our 3rd Annual event celebrating the work of female filmmakers - our "Ladies 'Film' Night Out"!

Both prior events have SOLD OUT, and a fabulous time was had by all, so this is a great opportunity for all female filmmakers in Arizona to have their work seen!

If you or another lady you know has a SHORT film or two in the can, or will by the end of summer, please submit the work for consideration. You can submit as many different shorts as you want, as long as each submission meets the criteria outlined below.

Criteria for Each Submission:

  • It can be as short as you want, even just a trailer, BUT it cannot exceed 30 minutes in length
  • At least one of the following key film positions should be female - Producer, Director, DP, Editor, Production Designer or Screenwriter
  • IF your short's online and easy to access (i.e. YouTube video), then all you have to do to submit is SEND US THE LINK!
  • If it's not online and you need to send a copy on disk, please call for instructions: 480-345-6464
  • Please include your name and contact info (email AND phone), as well as the name of the Short for each submission
  • Please note if your SHORT IS SELECTED, then we WILL need a copy on DVD to play the night of the event OR you'll need to post a HIGH-RES version of it online. Technical specifications will be given to those with Shorts chosen to be screened.

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION DEADLINE - FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016 (no entry fee if submit by August 5) 

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 (possible entry fee; this has not yet been decided) 

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