16th Annual

Scottsdale International Film Festival

October 06, 2016 to October 10, 2016

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 East Second Street.
Scottsdale AZ 85251
Phone: 480-874-4617

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature-Length Films and Documentaries
We ONLY accept feature-length entries of 70 minutes or longer. This Festival does not accept short subject entries and shorts will not be considered or returned for any reason.

PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR A FEE WAIVER! We do not issue waivers to WAB films as there is no way to implement a fair method for which films do or do not deserve waivers.

Pursuant to viewing online screeners: Statistics from online providers (Vimeo, YouTube) are often inaccurate and should not be relied on as proof of our review. Some services use averages or trends as facts. It is our intention to watch all screeners in their entirety -- for the integrity of our event and out of respect for the filmmaker. However, if after watching 75% if the film, it is apparent that the piece would not be programmed into our final selections, we reserve the right to cease watching.


The Scottsdale International Film Festival is a destination event and catalyst for connecting diverse filmmakers from around the world with film lovers in a fresh, thought-provoking, and enduring community of support. The Festival believes that its programming serves as a bridge uniting those who make films with those who enjoy film by providing access to works they may otherwise miss.


We showcase a blend of films to satisfy a broad range of interests and tastes. There are smaller films for the appreciative, daring cineaste; and bigger, more mainstream films that reveal the burgeoning of the commercial market—a wonderful mix of film genres from light-hearted comedies to period dramas, chosen from all corners of the world. There is much to see―and something for everyone!

Since its inception the Scottsdale International Film Festival has reached an audience of over 97,000 and has showcased more than 450 films and videos. We specialize in bringing in programming which will not otherwise play in our market.

Over the last few years the attendance for the Scottsdale International Film Festival has steadily increased.

Mainstream films to have their 2015 Scottsdale Film Fest/Arizona premieres included: ANOMALISA, CAROL, HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT, LANDFILL HARMONIC, REMEMBER, THEEB, and YOUTH.

The Scottsdale Cinematheque Series has been added to round out our exhibition offerings. Films will be featured one to two weekends per month from April through September.


Amy Ettinger (Film Curator); Chris Keal (Accounting Coordinator)


We do not accept films that are already available via VOD, Cable, and TV, or which are already for rent/sale on DVD prior to, or during the Festival and Scottsdale Cinematheque Series dates. Films may not have opened in any other Scottsdale/Phoenix area Festivals or theatrically prior to the Festival and Series screenings. Films that have already shown in our market dilute the ability to convince patrons to pay for a ticket when they have been previously shown or can be purchased or rented.

We also accept Vimeo and YouTube links in addition to Withoutabox Secure Online Screeners.

We do not have a membership to FestivalScope or Cinando as it is not cost effective for this Festival. If your film is meant to be previewed by our programmers via FestivalScope or Cinando you must provide us with both login and password access.


I have read and agree to the submission and general rule requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film to the Scottsdale International Film Festival and/or to the monthly Scottsdale Cinematheque Series. I understand that, in the event my work is selected the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will retain the submission copy. Further, if accepted, I agree that the Scottsdale International Film Festival and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are authorized to publish my contact information in the print source page of the program guide.

I understand that Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition in either the Scottsdale International Film Festival or Scottsdale Cinematheque Series for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening; has paid for and holds all music licenses; has obtained written permission to use third party images/footage/film/video; and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale International Film Festival and the Scottsdale Cinematheque Series from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.