11th Annual

Tucson Film & Music Festival

October 08, 2015 to October 11, 2015

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100 S. Church Ave
Tucson AZ 85701
Phone: (818) 452-9775

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Narrative or documentary features with music-related content where music/musicians are the central element. Additional consideration is given to films that are connected to the Southwest/Arizona via location, filmmaker or theme.
Narrative or documentary short films with music-related content where music or musicians are the central element. Additional consideration is given to films that are connected to the Southwest/Arizona via location, filmmaker or theme.


The Tucson Film & Music Festival celebrates the past, present and future of the Tucson, Arizona filmmaking and music scene. TFMFs focus is on music-related content, as well as films and filmmakers with a connection to Arizona or the Southwest. The festival accepts documentaries, narrative features and shorts.


In the heart of the Southwest resides a dusty old pueblo full of musicians, filmmakers and bars. For the past 100 years, Tucson, Arizona has long been the backdrop and stage for the likes of John Dillinger, Lalo Guerrero, Pete Martinez, Linda Ronstadt, the Dusty Chaps, Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia, Green On Red, R. Carlos Nakai, Al Perry, Max Cannon, Howe Gelb, Calexico and more. To celebrate the artistic talent that has emerged from Tucson, TFMF celebrates the great independent film and music connected to the Southwest.

The Tucson Film & Music Festival (aka Tucson Film Festival) launched in 2005, with a screening of the Tucson music documentary High and Dry, and the 20th anniversary of the Club Congress. 40+ local bands, many of whom were reuniting for the first time in years played the Labor Day weekend festivities and a new festival was born in sunny downtown Tucson, Arizona.

Celebrating it's 11th anniversary, the Tucson Film & Music Festival invites feature, short and documentary submissions that have an emphasis on music and/or connection to Arizona and the Southwest. We give special consideration to any filmmakers who are Alumni from the University of Arizona, or filmmakers from Arizona and the desert Southwest. This year TFMF is apart of the Tucson Festival of Films.


Kelsey Self (Marketing Director); Kelsey Self (Marketing Director); Kelsey Self (Marketing Director); Michael Toubassi (Festival Director)



QUALIFICATION FOR ENTRIES: Any feature, short film or video, made for cinema, television or the Internet may be entered. Feature films must be between 50 and 120 minutes in length; Short Films less than 15 minutes. All submitted works must be in English or have English subtitles. Only works completed after January 1, 2014 will be accepted.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Works submitted for selection can be presented only via secure online screener or private digital link with password.

COMPLETED ENTRY FORM: TFMF only takes digital online submissions. All other submitted materials become the property of TuFF and cannot be returned.

SELECTION: All submitted works will be judged by the Festival Committee. The Festival Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project. Works will be categorized at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Selected entrants will be informed of their status on or around September 5, 2015.


TRANSPORTATION AND INSURANCE: The submitter is responsible for the transport costs, insurance charges and customs fees incurred when shipping material to the Festival. The Festival is responsible for the costs incurred with the return of material to the filmmaker - however, due to budgetary limitations, the material will be shipped via SURFACE MAIL. Filmmakers requesting the return of materials via courier must incur the cost themselves. Although they will take every precaution, the Tucson Film Festival cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of entry and exhibition materials.

LEGAL: By submitting to Tucson Film Festival you warrant, as sole and exclusive owner/s of all legal right and title thereto that you have absolute authority to submit the entry to the Tucson Film Festival. You will indemnify and hold harmless the Tucson Film Festival, its judges, its sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, including third party claims, based on films/videos submitted to the Tucson Film Festival.

ACCEPTANCE OF REGULATIONS: By digitally signing the entry form for the Tucson Film Festival, the participant accepts, without reservation, the terms of the present regulations as stated in this document.