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The Arizona International Film Festival opens its festival tonight at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 3,000 films representing 100 countries to over 168,000 patrons in southern Arizona.

Celebrating the 30th edition of the festival, AIFF selected more exciting and innovative films from around the world for Arizona audiences. Along with this amazing milestone Independent Film Arizona has joined with the Arizona Film Festival not only as a sponsor but also a partner to highlight the talented filmmakers and crew members within our state. IFA & AIFF hope this is only the beginning of what will become a lasting relationship.

Our new indie filmmaker collation includes Independent Film Arizona lead panels, a celebration of 30 years of Arizona filmmakers at Hotel Congress, and discounted tickets for IFA members! With a diverse line-up of films, the Selection Committee has released their selection of films including 30 features and 80 shorts from 21 countries for screening at the 30th Arizona International Film Festival.

Buy your tickets today and celebrate 30th years of Independent Filmmaking Showcased here in Southern Arizona!

Celebrate 30th years of Independent Filmmaking!

Set in important cultural heritage sites in New Mexico and Arizona, Canyon Del Muerto, portrays the true story of North America’s first female archaeologist, Ann Axtell Morris. Ann worked side by side with the Navajo in the 1920’s in Canyon De Chelly, Arizona to uncover North America’s earliest civilization, the Anasazi Basket makers.

“The story’s central premise is that archaeology not only serves as a catalyst to the preservation of history, culture, and language of the Navajo people, but is the great unifier of humankind. Film, much like archaeology, has the incredible ability to bridge cultures and bring people together to be educated and enlightened by great stories.” – Coerte Voorhees, writer/director/producer of Canyon Del Muerto.

Canyon Del Muerto was produced by First Line Films and the Navajo Nation during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 with the support of multiple local Navajo chapters, businesses, and land users based in and around the two central locations of the film; Canyon De Chelly, Arizona and Red Rock National Monument, New Mexico. Most importantly the Navajo Nation provided exclusive and unprecedented access to the cultural heritage archaeological sites within Canyon De Chelly, many of which have never been filmed before.

AIFF Needs Volunteers:

Are you interested in working behind-the-scenes for the 2022 Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson? Volunteers are needed for event planning, marketing, promotions, design, production, merchandise, office work, and much more.

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Don't miss out on all that Independent Film Arizona has to offer including discounted tickets to the Arizona International Film Festival!

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