Scottsdale to Host 15th Annual International Film Festival

Since 2001, Scottsdale Arizona has been home to a five day International Film Festival. This festival showcases the best in cinema, including Academy Award winning pictures and several indie features. Because this is an international film festival, many travel across the globe in hopes of showing their film to a large audience. The festival will kick off Thursday, November 5th, at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. Starting Friday November 6th and ending on Monday November 9th, this year’s International Film Festival showings will take place at the Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kickoff night at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, the festival will begin with daytime screenings of several animated and live-action short films for children. This will take place in the Center’s Virginia G. Piper theater. In the evening, starting at 6pm, a reception at the center will take place. This will include food and drinks, and the opening night film will begin at 7:30pm. This year’s opening night film will be Landfill Harmonic, a documentary that follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan youth symphony that plays instruments made entirely out of recycled trash.

The festivals collaboration with the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts began recently. This center is managed by the non-profit Scottsdale Cultural Center, contracted by the city of Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1975, the center was opened to celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Throughout the years, the center has grown to be a premier performing-arts hall, which includes dance, music, theater, comedy, and film. Indoor performances take place in the 853 seat Virginia G. Piper Theater, 137 seat Stage 2, and 1,800 seat Civic Center Amphitheater. In addition to performances, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts also provides education and outreach programs to the community. It is no wonder that the International Film Festival would want to partner with the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. It makes for a great location for kick off night, which is always a huge celebration of film.

Showings at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre

For the remainder of the festival, all showings are available for viewing at the Harkins Shea 14 Theatre. Films begin as early as 9:00 am and start as late as 8:30pm. This year’s festival will have 42 different films to choose from, and many play more than once, and on different days. It is recommended that guests show up about 30 minutes before the start of the film. All individuals with a VIP pass are seated first, and the rest follow into the theater for first come, first serve seating. Even if a film is sold out, rush tickets are available for purchase right before a showing if all seats are not filled. Films this year showcase documentaries, LGBTQ films, films directed by woman, and films from the United States. These films are categorized as drama, comedy, romance, and thrillers.

Ticket Pricing for the Show

Ticket prices vary, depending on your preference. If you are interested in paying for an individual showing, you will pay about $12, which is about the regular price of a movie ticket. Admission to the opening night movie, Landfill Harmonic, will cost you $39. Many people who attend the festival are not just looking to watch one movie, but rather they come to see multiple films. The festival provides many discount options if you are purchasing tickets for multiple showings.

Build a 5 Package: You pay $55 for five tickets. You can purchase five tickets to view five different films, or you can purchase five tickets for one screening.

Build a 10 Package: For $110, you receive ten tickets. These ten tickets can be used to view ten different films, or ten tickets for one screening.

Festival Discount Package:  This package will cost you $215 and will give you access to twenty-six tickets to be used for viewing twenty-six films, or twenty-six tickets for one screening. It is a great option for film groups in the area who have around twenty six people looking to attend the festival together.

For the biggest film buffs and those in the film industry, membership packages up to $500 can also be purchased. Many of these packages allow full access to opening night festivities, and premium admission for viewing all films at the festival.

This is an amazing event that has been around for 15 years, and continues to showcase the best in film. Many of the films screened at this event end up with nominations at the U.S Academy Awards. The International Film Festival is a great event, where you get to preview films before they are widely released. Plenty of tickets are still available, but will be gone as the event gets closer. If you are in the Scottsdale area, visit to find a film that looks interesting to you. Tickets can also be purchased online through the Scottsdale Film Festival website above. With 42 films at this year’s festival, there is sure to be something for everyone!