The Peoria Film Festival, part of the Phoenix Film Festival, will be returning from Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 19 at the Harkins Arrowhead Fountains Theatre, located at 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive.

For over 20 years, the Phoenix Film Festival and Phoenix Film Foundation have been leading nonprofit arts organizations that celebrate film by bringing the art of film from all over the world to Arizona film-lovers. With over 300 screenings annually, the Foundation presents feature films, documentaries, foreign films, shorts and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers at the yearly Phoenix Film Festival at Harkins Scottsdale 101. Now, The Phoenix Film Foundation is proud to share that the Peoria Film Festival is back.
“Set at the beautifully renovated Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18, The Phoenix Film Foundation brings its expertise to the Peoria Film Fest,” according to the foundation. “Join us for a celebration of film in Peoria.”

For those concerned about pandemic safety precautions, festival organizers assure that there will be safety protocols in place. “The public can rest assured that the festival will continue to follow thorough safety protocols put in place by Harkins Theatres, including seat selection so guests won’t have to wait for a long time,” cites a recent release about the festival.

The Peoria Film Fest is a program under the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Phoenix Film Foundation, and is a sibling of the Phoenix Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Society, the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, IFP/Phoenix, the Arizona Student Film Festival, and the Phoenix Critics Circle. “Our mission is to support and develop the artistic appreciation, educational opportunities and growth of independent film within Arizona,” according to the organization. “The Foundation’s primary functions through its programs are to promote the exhibition of independent films and conduct educational programs that teach the art of filmmaking.”

As of press time, specific event details were still in the works. For a full list of each day’s activities, movie titles and times, and to purchase tickets, visit