The 30th Arizona International Film Festival, the oldest film celebration in Arizona, will offer a variety of film programs in theatres and outdoors from April 20 through April 30 plus a bonus day of films on Sunday, May 1. One hundred and thirty films from 22 countries will be screened at various locations around Tucson.


Theater sites include The Screening Room downtown, the historic Fox Theatre and the Loft Cinema. Outdoor sites include the Mercado Festival Grounds at the Mercado Annex on the westside, Hotel Congress Plaza downtown, Main Gate Plaza by the University of Arizona and the Cactus Carpool Cinema on the eastside.


The Festival opens with the world premiere of Canyon Del Muerto at the historic Fox Theatre (17 West Congress) on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 pm, admission $15.


Directed by Coerte Voorhees, Canyon Del Muerto is the tragic true story of Ann Axtell Morris, one of America's first female archaeologists, who worked with the Navajo in Canyon De Chelly in the 1920s to uncover North America's earliest civilization - the Anasazi Basketmakers. Filmmakers will be present for the screening.


This year, the Festival will begin building a strong cultural bridge between Arizona and Sonora by introducing Cine Sonora.  In the spirit of cross-border collaboration, Cine Sonora will showcase a collection of important, independent films from Sonora, Mexico on Friday, April 22, 7:30pm at the Mercado Annex. 


Outdoor screenings at the Mercado Annex will include documentary films about a tragic love story between two Bisbee musicians (April 23), the Border Wall (April 26) and Arizona-made films at the Hotel Congress Plaza (April 27, 7:30pm).


FREE Zoom online panels will be scheduled during the Festival for filmmakers and the general public. Topics include making films in Arizona, cinematography, documentary filmmaking, indigenous filmmaking and a special presentation by Panavision, one of the leading camera companies in the world.


The American Society of Cinematographers will present a curated collection of 25 exceptional stills shot by top ASC cinematographers at the Etherton Gallery  (340 South Convent) from April 20-30 (11am to 5pm) during the Festival. Prints will be available as limited-edition, signed, and numbered prints. 


The Festival will also offer an exclusive motor coach tour to the Mescal Movie Studios on Saturday, April 30 departing Tucson 8:30am and returning 1:00pm, $30 per person, limited seating. See the Old West as you’ve always wanted to see it!


Ticket purchases ($10 for screenings) can be made through the Festival website at

Opening Night tickets can be purchased at


All Access Festival Passes ($100) can be purchased in-person only at the Fox Theatre on Opening Night and the Mercado Annex Box Office and The Screening Box-Office starting April 21st from 6 PM - 9 PM.


Festival sponsors include the Arizona Office of Tourism, Pima County Attractions & Tourism, Visit Tucson, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Film Tucson, Mercado District and Panavision.


The Arizona International Film Festival is a project of the Arizona Media Arts Center, a non-profit organization that champions independent filmmaking.