COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources for Travelers - Click Here

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Información y Recursos para Visitantes: Haz Clic Aquí 

Find a Hotel

2019 Arizona International Film Festival Celebrates 28 Years on the Silver Screen

  April 10 – 21, 2019

The 28th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest-running cinematic celebration in Arizona, will showcase a diverse program of over 100 new works representing 22 countries from April 10 through April 21 at The Screening Room (127 E. Congress Street) in downtown Tucson.  

Opening night celebrations will be at the historic Hotel Congress (celebrating 100 years in 2019) on Wednesday, April 10 (6-7pm), followed by the Arizona premiere of the award-winning film, Guest Artist, starring Jeff Daniels, about an award-winning actress and community leader involved in social justice and human rights through the arts at The Screening Room (7:30pm), $8 admission.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Joseph Harris (Jeff Daniels), has not written a play in twenty years.  Unable to unleash his voice in a way that he sees fit, Harris finds himself trapped in a no man’s land of artistic discontent with his only refuge in the bottom of a glass.  When he is commissioned to write a play for a small-town theatre company, in a place he would rather not be in, Harris unwillingly emerges from his self-imposed exile.  

Festival Co-Chairs include David Slutes, the Entertainment Director of Hotel and Club Congress and Alba Jaramillo, an award-winning stage actress and playwright. David is a vital leader in the Tucson music scene and has made many contributions to the growth of downtown Tucson. Alba is the founder of Teatro Dignidad, a new theater company that stages plays that address human rights, and she has performed solo in their first play “Digna.” 

This year’s theme of “Words Matter, Indie Films Matter” will provide a way to share images and voices from diverse cultures by showcasing the very best in independent cinema to Arizona communities.  Films from Albania, Argentina, China, Iran, Martinique, South Korea and Taiwan will be featured and filmmakers from as far away as Australia, Spain and the United Kingdom will be attending.

The Festival always produces exciting surprises, challenging subject matter and a bountiful repertoire of films you won’t find anywhere else. Many of the films screened go on to win prestigious awards including Oscars and national recognition.

Since 1990, the Festival has shown more than 2,800 films to more than 160,000 film lovers of all ages.  Visiting filmmakers will again participate in our educational youth program, Festival in the Schools (FITS) and visit a cross section of Tucson area classrooms at no charge to the school.

 Ticket/Pass Prices:

•    $100 All Access Pass for 12 days of screenings, workshops and special events

•    $25 Saver Pass for 5 admissions (one person at a time)

•    $8 for single admissions 

•    Students, Seniors and Military discounts available with ID

Advance single tickets and Festival passes can be purchased online at

For more information on films and festival activities, log onto

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