Phoenix Film Festival 2023
Phoenix Film Festival 2023

The Phoenix Film Festival will be back for their 23rd film festival from March 23 – April 2 at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater!

The festival will once again feature a diverse line-up of over 200 films and will host filmmakers from around the world. Additional happenings will include the Party Pavilion, Opening Night, Industry Night, Film Prom, and Kids Day.

Additional details will be available shortly. Until then, please check out phoenixfilmfestival.com for more info on tickets, passes, and the schedule!

 

2023 Opening Night Film

 

Roadside Attractions’ release of “SOMEWHERE IN QUEENS” starring Ray Romano and Laurie Metcalf has been announced as the Opening Night Film at the 23rd annual Phoenix Film Festival, premiering Thursday, March 23rd at Harkins Scottsdale 101 at 6:00pm.

SOMEWHERE IN QUEENS is the directorial debut of Ray Romano and co-stars Laurie Metcalf, Jennifer Esposito, Jacob Ward, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Tony Lo Bianco.

Synopsis: Leo Russo (Romano) lives a simple life in Queens, New York with this wife Angela (Laurie Metcalf), their shy but talented son “Sticks” (Jacob Ward), and Leo’s close-knit network of Italian American relatives and neighborhood friends. Happy enough working at the family construction business alongside his father (Tony Lo Bianco) and younger brother (Sebastian Maniscalco), Leo lives each week for Sticks’ high-school basketball games, never missing a chance to cheer on his only child as he rules the court as a star athlete.

When the high-school senior gets a surprising and life-changing opportunity to play basketball in college, Leo jumps at the chance to provide a plan for his future, away from the family construction business. But when sudden heartbreak threatens to derail Sticks, Leo goes to unexpected lengths to keep his son on this new path.

Tickets for Opening Night are available now for $60 per ticket as well as part of the Platinum Pass for $450. Opening Night tickets will also provide access to the party pavilion, featuring food & cocktails prior to the film showing.

 

 

2023 Featured Films

 

Apple Original Films’ “STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie,” one of the hit films out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has been announced as one of the Centerpiece Films showing at the 23rd annual Phoenix Film Festival. The film will make its Arizona Debut at the Phoenix Film Festival on Sunday, March 26th at 7:00pm.

STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie is directed by Davis Guggenheim and stars Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan.

Synopsis: The film, will incorporate documentary, archival and scripted elements, will recount Fox’s extraordinary story in his own words – the improbable tale of an undersized kid from a Canadian army base who rose to the heights of stardom in 1980s Hollywood. The account of Fox’s public life, full of nostalgic thrills and cinematic gloss, will unspool alongside his never-before-seen private journey, including the years that followed his diagnosis, at 29, with Parkinson’s disease. Intimate and honest, and produced with unprecedented access to Fox and his family, the film will chronicle Fox’s personal and professional triumphs and travails and will explore what happens when an incurable optimist confronts an incurable disease. With a mix of adventure and romance, comedy and drama, watching the film will feel like … well, like a Michael J. Fox movie.

 

Prime Video’s “JUDY BLUME FOREVER” one of the hit features released at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has been announced as one of the Centerpiece Films showing at the 23rd annual Phoenix Film Festival. The film will make its Arizona Debut at the Phoenix Film Festival on Saturday, April 1st at 7:00pm.

JUDY BLUME FOREVER is a documentary directed by Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok, and starring Judy Blume, Molly Ringwald, Samantha Bee, Lena Dunham, Tayari Jones, and Alex Gino.

Emmy-winning filmmakers Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok trace Blume’s journey from fearful, imaginative child to storytelling pioneer who elevated the physical and emotional lives of kids and teens, to banned writer who continues to fight back against censorship today. Playful and poignant animations celebrate the magic and awkwardness of being young, while intimate conversations with acclaimed authors and artists reveal Blume’s profound impact on readers. Long-standing fans share open-hearted letters they wrote to Blume over the decades.

With humor, sensitivity, and a healthy dose of adolescent cringe, Judy Blume Forever tells the story of the woman whose trail-blazing books changed the way millions of readers understand themselves, their sexuality, and what it means to grow up.

Synopsis: Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone launches a flood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. For decades, Blume’s radical honesty has comforted and captivated readers – and landed her at the center of controversy for her frankness about puberty and sex. Now the beloved American author candidly shares her own coming-of-age story.

 

Universal Pictures release of “RENFIELD” starring Nicolas Cage, and Nicholas Hoult has been announced as the Closing Night Film at the 23rd annual Phoenix Film Festival, premiering Sunday, April 2nd at Harkins Scottsdale 101 at 7:15pm.

RENFILED is the directed by Chris McKay (THE TOMORROW WAR, and LEGO BATMAN MOVIE) and stars Nicolas Cage, and Nichoals Hoult, and co-stars Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Synopsis: Evil doesn’t span eternity without a little help. In this modern monster tale of Dracula’s loyal servant, Nicholas Hoult (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, X-MEN Franchise) stars as Renfield, the tortured aid to history’s most narcissistic boss, Dracula (Oscar ® winner Nicolas Cage). Renfield is forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, after centuries of servitude, Renfield is ready to see if there’s a life outside the shadow of the Prince of Darkness. If only he can figure out how to end his codependency.

Tickets for Closing Night are available now for $15 per ticket as well as part of the Platinum Pass for $450. Opening Night tickets will also provide access to the party pavilion, featuring food & cocktails prior to the film showing.