Annual Film Festivals, Sci Fi, & Steampunk Events in Southern Arizona

Anyone that follows independent film, Western film culture, and sci fi and steampunk events, needs no excuse to go to a festival or gathering.

Southern Arizona has 14 film festivals, one ComicCon, the famous TusCon SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Convention (46th+ annual), and the Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention at Old Tucson, with something happening nearly every month of the year.

Are you ready to mark your calendar?


Arizona Underground Film Festival (The Screening Room, Downtown Tucson) NOW playing!! September 2020.


Film Fest Tucson (Scottish Rite Cathedral, Fox Tucson Theatre, AC Marriott, Downtown Tucson) Next Film Fest Tucson will be held October 7-9, 2021.

Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival (The Screening Room, Downtown Tucson) 

Borderland Film Festival held in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora (Mexico) (Museo de Arte De Nogales, Nogales, Mexico; Oasis Cinema, Nogales, Arizona, and other venues) 

The Wild Bunch Film Festival (Willcox Historic Theatre, Willcox) Will be held in October 2020 on its regular schedule.

Tucson Terrorfest (The Screening Room, Downtown Tucson) Will be held October 22-25, 2020 on its regular schedule, online.


Loft Film Fest (The Loft Cinema, Midtown Tucson) 

TusCon SciFi, Fantasy, & Horror Convention 47th Annual (Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, Midtown Tucson) The next TusCon will be held November 12-14, 2021.

Tucson Comic-Con (Tucson Convention Center, Downtown Tucson) 


Tucson International Jewish Film Festival (venues in Tucson)

Lesbian Looks (University of Arizona, Tucson) – one screening per month through April 


DocScapes (The Loft Cinema, Midtown Tucson) 


Tucson Cine Mexico (multiple venues, Downtown Tucson)

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention (Old Tucson, Pima County) 

Arivaca Independent Film Festival (Arivaca Community Center, Arivaca) 


The Arizona International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Arizona.The next AZIFF (its 29th) will be held April 14-25, 2021.
Arizona International Film Festival (The Screening Room, Downtown Tucson, The Loft Cinema; Midtown Tucson; and multiple downtown Tucson venues)  


5 Minute Film Fest (Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown Tucson) 

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