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29th Arizona International Film Festival

April 14 @ 8:00 am - April 25 @ 5:00 pm MST

7 Outdoor Screenings, 32 Online Programs, 11 Online Panels, 1 Treasure Hunt
at the 29th Arizona International Film Festival, April 14-25

The 29th Arizona International Film Festival, the oldest film celebration in Arizona, will offer a variety of film programs both outdoors and online from Wednesday, April 14 through Sunday, April 25. Ninety-nine films from 20 countries will be screened to a worldwide audience through our exhibition platforms.

Outdoor sites will include the Festival Grounds at the Mercado Annex on the westside, Hotel Congress Plaza downtown and the Main Gate Plaza by the University of Arizona. Covid safety protocols will be observed at outdoor sites.

The Festival opens with an under-the-stars-premiere of the Arizona-made film, DUSTWUN, at the Mercado Annex Festival Grounds (267 South Avenida del Convento) on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30pm, admission $10.

Directed by Genevieve Anderson, DUSTWUN is the story of an unusual friendship between an undocumented migrant and a troubled American veteran building his own “wall” out of desert trash. Filmmakers will be present for the screening.

Other outdoor screenings include Music films (April 15), Arizona-made films (April 19), and Border films (April 20) at the Mercado Annex and a special program of works by filmmakers with past connections with Tucson at the Hotel Congress Plaza (April 21).

An exciting series of online panels will be open to filmmakers and the general public for FREE. Topics include making films in Arizona, cinematography, documentary filmmaking, distribution, the process of turning a novel into a film, and a special presentation by Panavision, one of the leading camera companies in the world.

To complement the outdoor screening of Lust For Gold, a Treasure Hunt for the community will take place on Sunday, April 18 from 11am to 4pm at the Mercado District on the westside. Event is FREE and open to the public.

Ticket purchases ($10 for outdoor screenings; $8 for online screenings) can be made through the Festival website at www.filmfestivalarizona.com

Tickets for outdoor screenings can also be purchased at

All Access Festival Pass ($60) can be purchased in-person only at the Mercado Annex Box Office at the entrance of the Festival Grounds, April 14th and 15th from 6 PM – 10 PM

Festival sponsors include the Mercado District, Panavision, Flam Chen, Petroglyphs, Film Tucson, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Tucson Mexican Consulate and Sundance Press.

The Arizona International Film Festival is a project of the Arizona Media Arts Center, a non-profit organization that champions independent filmmaking.


April 14 @ 8:00 am MST
April 25 @ 5:00 pm MST
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Mercado Annex Festival Grounds
267 South Avenida del Convento
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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