Phoenix Film Festival 2017
Phoenix Film Festival 2017



Dates: April 6-13, 2017

Location: Harkins Scottsdale 101

Address: 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85054


The Phoenix Film Festival, named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, is back for its 17th year! The Festival annually screens over 150 films, holds amazing parties and provides filmmaking seminars. If you are a movie lover, this is an event that is not to be missed!


The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival happens in conjunction with the yearly Phoenix Film Festival. Attendees can catch premieres of short and feature horror and sci-fi films from all over the world, along with eclectic programming of older films, special guests and cult classics. Plus, patrons can enjoy all the great parties and entertainment the Phoenix Film Festival is known for. It’s the best of all worlds!


Tickets and passes will be available beginning March 1 at Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass.









Full reviews:

Dave Made a Maze
Brave New Jersey
Fairy Tales for Emma
Property of the State
Waking David


Featured film selections:


Run Time: 75 minutes
Screening Times:
Friday, April 7 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 8 at 1:30pm
Sunday, April 9 at 11:55am

Directed by: Thomas Marchese
Cast: Michael Chiklis, Brenda Strong
Synopsis: A humanizing look at line-of-duty police deaths across the country and how these losses affect those close to the fallen, as well as the communities they serve.

The Lost City of Z

Run Time: 140 minutes
Screening Times:
Saturday, April 8 at 7:00pm

Directed by: James Grey
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and Tom Holland.
Synopsis: Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife, son  and aide-de-camp  returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.


Run Time: 85 minutes
Screening Time:
Sunday, April 9 at 7:00pm

Directed by: Amanda Lipitz
Synopsis: STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.  As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

Gold Star

Run Time: 90 minutes
Screening Times:
Friday, April 7 at 11:15pm
Monday, April 10 at 7:10pm
Thursday, April 13 at 12:30pm

Directed by: Victoria Negri
Cast: Robert Vaughn, Catherine Curtin, Jacob Heimer, Victoria Negri
Synopsis: After dropping out of Juilliard, Vicki drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event.

The Promise

Run Time: 135 minutes
Screening Times:
Tuesday, April 11th at 7:10pm

Directed by: Terry George
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Daniel Giménez-Cacho, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rade Sherbedgia
Synopsis:  Empires fall, love survives. When Michael, a brilliant medical student, meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris, a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves.

Lake Bodom
IHSFF Showcase Feature!

Run Time: 85 minutes
Screening Times:
Friday, April 7 at 7:55pm

Directed by: Taneli Mustonen
Cast: Nelly Hirst-Gee, Mikael Gabriel, Santeri Helinheimo Mantyla, Mimosa Willamo
Synopsis: At Lake Bodom in 1960, four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent. The killer is still at large. Now, a group of teenagers arrives at the same campsite, hoping to solve the murder by reconstructing it minute by minute. As night falls, turns out not all of them are there to play.

The Transfiguration
IHSFF Showcase Feature!

Run Time: 100 minutes
Screening Times:
Friday, April 7 at 9:45pm

Directed by: Michael O’Shea
Cast: Eric Ruffin and Chloe Levine
Synopsis: An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.


Run Time: 125 minutes
Screening Times:
Monday, April 10 at 7:20pm
Wednesday, April 12 at 5:00pm

Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus
Synopsis: Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter’s future. Romeo Aldea is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza who’s just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success. Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Graduation is a masterful look at the complex moral choices and compromises some people make when desperation takes hold.

Here’s to Life! – The Story of the Refreshments

Run Time: 95 minutes
Screening Times:
Saturday, April 8 at 8:00pm
Tuesday, April 11 at 9:10pm

Directed by: Taylor Morden
Cast: Roger Clyne, Brian Blush, P.H. Naffah, Alice Cooper, Gerald Casale, David Dobkin, Michael Lustig, Jim Swafford, Billy Siegle, Danny Zuiko
Synopsis: Here’s To Life! follows the career of the Refreshments, from local Arizona band to major label chart-toppers, during the last vestige of the record industry and their inevitable break up. The film then follows the career of front man Roger Clyne as he and drummer P.H. Naffah form a new independent band in the wake of the crumbling music industry.