A Survival Guide to Phoenix Film Festival 2013
Attention, film buffs: It's that time of year when Phoenix gets to showcase aspiring filmmakers and everyday Phoenicians can pretend to be a part of the glitterati, rubbing elbows with celebrities, producers, and directors.
William Westfall Actress Marcia Gay Harden posing last year with Chris LaMont, Phoenix Film Festival president and co-founder, and Jason Carney, festival director. See the full slideshow from the 2012 Phoenix Film Fest.
The 13th Annual Phoenix Film Festival will screen more than 150 feature films, documentaries, and shorts. The festival is a couple of weeks away, and we've got all the information you need to attend.
The Basics: The eight-day festival takes place at its usual haunt, Harkins Scottsdale 101, located off Scottsdale Road and Loop 101. Between the parties, Q&A sessions and film screenings, there is plenty to do, so take notes.
Tickets: There are many ticket options available, ranging from individual screening tickets up to the Platinum Pass, but luckily for anybody pressed for cash, the events at the Party Pavilion are free. For more information on tickets to the film screenings, see www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.
The Film Festival Gala: On its opening night, Thursday, April 4, the festival will hold a gala where the Phoenix Film Visionary Award will be handed out to an important contributor to the community. There also will be a cocktail party and the Celebration of the Art of Food, at the Party Pavillion. There will be more than 20 restaurants providing snacks, and after the cocktail party, a premiere film screening will take place at Cine Capri.
Screenings: Film screenings begin at 9 a.m. for the public on Friday. The festival is holding an Industry Night from 5 to 10 p.m. to provide attendees the opportunity to network and exchange business cards with everyone involved in the Arizona film industry.