Phoenix Film Festival 2018
Phoenix Film Festival 2018

2018 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL and INTERNATIONAL HORROR & SCI-FI FESTIVAL

The 18th Annual Phoenix Film Festival will take place from Thursday, April 5 to Sunday, April 15. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last year’s festival saw over 25,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year. The week-long Festival will once again be held at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054.

For movie lovers, this is an event not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website www.PhoenixFilmFestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass. For more information call 602-955-6444.

 

Selected Reviews:

Hunting Lands
Julia Blue
Streaker (Flitzer)
A Sublime Life
Wonderlus

 

PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT

Movie Lovers Come Together For This Not To Be Missed Cinematic Night

WHAT:          The Phoenix Film Festival Opening Night kickoff party is an event you do not want to miss! Food and festivities will be held in the Party Pavilion with tastes from some of the best restaurants in town including: Brat Haus, The Capital Grille, The Dhaba, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Maggiano’s, Mexican Moonshine and more to be announced! Guests can also enjoy live music, in addition to a silent auction where they can bid on exclusive items.

After the cocktail party, guests will be escorted from the Party Pavilion to the Harkins Cine Capri Theatre for the conclusion of the night’s events. Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona, will be celebrated and honored with the festival’s Visionary Award. Local First Arizona is a statewide organization implementing innovative strategies for new models of economic development that create vibrant local economies.

The Visionary Award ceremony will be followed by a screening of A24’s LEAN ON PETE, starring Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, and Charlie Plummer. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh, the film has previously screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and at South by Southwest.

WHO:             Valley tastemakers, film fans and filmmakers from across the country come together to celebrate film.

WHERE:        Harkins Scottsdale 101 & Scottsdale 101 Shopping Center
7000 East Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85054

WHEN:          Thursday, April 5
6:00pm – 7:30pm (Opening Night Party)
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Visionary Award Ceremony and Opening Night Film)

HOW:             Get your tickets before they’re gone! Opening Night Event tickets are $60 with all proceeds going to the Phoenix Film Foundation’s education programs. Tickets can be purchased at www.phoenixfilmfestival.com

The Phoenix Film Festival Saturday Night Showcase Film will be Screen Gems’ “Searching” starring John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La and Sara Sohn.

The film premiered to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize there as well as the Audience Award for the NEXT section.

“Searching” will screen at the Phoenix Film Festival on Saturday, April 7 at 7:25 p.m.

About “Searching”:
A suspenseful and hyper-modern thriller about a desperate father searching for his missing teenage daughter.  After a local investigation is unsuccessful, David (John Cho) decides to search the one place no one has looked yet and the one place we all keep our secrets today. “Searching” will open in theaters August 3, 2018.

Other Events:

· Industry Night – Friday, April 6 from 5PM-11PM. Actors, directors, producers, agents  and everyone else working in the Arizona film industry gather to rub elbows and exchange business cards during this FREE event.

· Kids’ Day – Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Children of all ages the chance to learn about the art of film for FREE. Younger festival-goers can grab a movie poster to color or attend a crafts and story time event. Older film fans can try their hand at acting, editing and creating their own short films. These age-appropriate stations allow kids to explore the filmmaking process from beginning to end, and every part in between!

· Festival Panel Discussions – Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 from 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Our FREE weekend educational filmmaker panel discussions are open to the public and designed to enhance your Festival experience by bringing together filmmakers, film lovers and industry professionals.

· Geek Day – Sunday, April 8 from 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. We know you love all things geeky! We do too! So come and gather with your like-minded friends for the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival Geek Day. Whether you love zombies, superheroes, comic books, cosplay, vampires, steampunk, Star Wars, anime or all of the above, Geek Day will cover it.