2019 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL and INTERNATIONAL HORROR & SCI-FI FESTIVAL
Dates: April 4-14, 2019
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 19th 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 in late February at www.PhoenixFilmFestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater starting Monday, April 1st. Tickets range in price from $15 for a single screening to $450 for a platinum pass.
NETFLIX’S EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE TO OPEN THE 2019 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL
Netflix’s upcoming release of EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE starring Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy, will make its Arizona premiere as the opening night film of the 2019 Phoenix Film Festival. In addition, Academy Award ® – nominated director Joe Berlinger (PARADISE LOST, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER) will be in attendance to showcase the forthcoming feature he directed.
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE is a chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to belief the truth about him for years.
Before the showing of the film, be sure not to miss the annual Phoenix Film Festival Opening Night kickoff party! Food and festivities will be held in the Party Pavilion with tastes from some of the best restaurants in town including: The Capital Grille, Paul Martin’s American Grill, The Dhaba, Braut Haus, Cien Agaves, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Melting Pot 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. Rick McCartney, President & CEO of InMedia Company and long-time supporter of the Phoenix Film Foundation and Phoenix Film Festival will be celebrated and honored with the festival’s Visionary Award.
The Visionary Award ceremony will be followed by the Arizona premiere screening of Netflix’s EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE.
A24’s “THE FAREWELL” WILL BE CLOSING NIGHT FILM
The Phoenix Film Festival is thrilled to announce their Closing Night Film as A24’s “The Farewell” starring Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and directed by Lulu Wang. The story is based on Lulu Wang’s real life and stems from a story she told on NPR’s “This American Life” podcast.
In “The Farewell”, after learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding-reunion back in China where the family can say their goodbyes.
“The Farewell” will screen at the Phoenix Film Festival on Sunday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
About A24’s “The Farewell”
After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding-reunion back in China. Headstrong and emotional writer Billi rebels against her parents’ directive to stay in New York and joins the family as they awkwardly attempt to rekindle old bonds, throw together a wedding that only grandma is actually looking forward to, and surreptitiously say their goodbyes.
A heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, “The Farewell” masterfully interweaves a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a thoughtful exploration of how our cultural heritage does and does not travel with us when we leave our homes. Writer/director Lulu Wang imbues “The Farewell” with warmth and knowing wit, while the uniformly excellent ensemble cast (anchored by a breakout performance by Awkwafina) invites us to share this extended clan’s joy and sorrow—and to feel, for the length of this remarkable film, like a part of their family.
“The Farewell” will be released in theaters July 2019.
The Phoenix Film Festival is a program under the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Phoenix Film Foundation, and is a sibling of the Phoenix Film Society, the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, IFP/Phoenix, the Arizona Student Film Festival, and the Phoenix Critics Circle. The Festival’s mission is to support and develop the artistic appreciation, educational opportunities, and growth of independent film within Arizona. 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.