The 21st Annual Phoenix Film Festival will run from Thursday, August 12 to Sunday, August 22 at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre.

The Phoenix Film Festival started in 2000 by three local filmmakers as a way to get their films some exposure in their hometown. Twenty-one years and thousands of movies later, the Phoenix Film Foundation has grown from a three-day exhibition to an 11-day celebration of film with over 300 films, filmmaking seminars, parties and student workshops for over 27,000 attendees all at the Harkins Scottsdale 101.

The Phoenix Film Festival has been named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals and a Top 50 Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine and has been called the most filmmaker-friendly festival out there, according to the festival.

The Phoenix Film Festival has announced its opening night film with Apple Original Films’ “CODA” that will be showcased on Thursday, August 12. The film was the first in Sundance Film Festival history to win all top prizes in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Amazon Studios’ “EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE” is the closing show.
Tickets and Festival Passes are now on sale and can be purchased either at the festival’s website at or calling the film festival office at 480-513-3195.