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

Southern Arizona hosts a wide range of film festivals throughout the year, from international independent films, to Westerns, sci fi and even steampunk.

Updated for 2021-2022 

There are 14 film festivals in Southern Arizona, one ComicCon, world famous TusCon SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Convention (47th+ annual), and the Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention. Please find detailed information below on each event, and for more information on cultural festivals and events in southern Arizona and around Marana, check out the Tucson Jazz Festival and the Marana Bluegrass Festival

September 2021

 

1. Arizona Underground Film Festival

Arizona Underground Film Festival 

  • Sept. 17–15, 2021
  • The Screening Room,127 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701

2. The Wild Bunch Film Festival 

The Wild Bunch Film Festival

  • Sept. 30–Oct. 3
  • The Willcox Historic Theatre, Willcox, AZ 

October 2021

 

3. Film Fest Tucson 

Film Fest Tucson

  • October 7–9, 2021
  • Scottish Rite Cathedral, Fox Tucson Theatre, AC Marriott, Downtown Tucson 

4. Tucson Terrorfest 


Tucson Terrorfest   

  • October 22–25, 2020, on its regular schedule, online
  • The Screening Room, Downtown Tucson


November 2021

 

5. Borderland Film Festival

 Borderland Festival

  • No confirmed dates for 2021
  • Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora (Mexico
  • Museo de Arte De Nogales, Nogales, Mexico; Oasis Cinema, Nogales, Arizona, and other venues

6. Loft Film Fest

 Loft Film Fest

  • Nov. 10–18, 2021
  • midtown Tucson


7. 48th Annual TusCon SciFi, Fantasy, & Horror Convention

 

Science Fiction Film Fest

 

  • Nov. 12–14, 2021
  • Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, midtown Tucson east of downtown Tucson

 

December 2021

Discover new classics such as:
Gather (2020)
DUSTWUN (2020)
Bisbee '17 (2019)
Lonesome Willcox (2017) 

 


January 2022

 

8. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival

Tucson International Jewish Film Fest
 

  • virtual and venues in Tucson

 


 

9. Lesbian Looks

Lesbian Looks Film Fest

  • Check website for 2021–2022 screenings
  • University of Arizona, Tucson

 

February 2022

 

10. Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival

Apex Film Fest for short films and music videos

  • Check website for 2022 screenings
  • Downtown Tucson, The Screening Room

 


 

11. DocScapes 

 

Docscapes Film Fest

  • Check website for 2021–2022 screenings
  • The Loft Cinema, midtown Tucson


March 2022

 

12. Tucson Cine Mexico 

Tucson Cine Mexico Film Fest

  • Check website for 2022 screenings
  • Multiple venues, downtown Tucson

13. Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention  

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention

  • March 3–6, 2022
  • Westward Look Resort, Tucson

14. Arivaca Independent Film Festival

  •  Check website for 2022 screenings
  •  Arivaca Community Center, Arivaca


April 2022

 

15. The Arizona International Film Festival

Arizona International Film Fest

  • This is the oldest film festival in Arizona.
  • The next AZIFF (its 29th) will be held April 14-25, 2021.
  • Downtown Tucson, The Loft Cinema, midtown Tucson, and multiple downtown Tucson venues 

 

July 2022

 

16. 5 Minute Film Fest 

5 Minute Film Fest

  • Check website for 2022 screenings
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, downtown Tucson 

 

September 2022


17. Tucson Comic-Con 

 

Tucson Comic Con Film Fest

  • Sept. 2-4, 2022 
  • Tucson Convention Center, downtown Tucson
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