The 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. More than 150 films from around the globe will be showcased during the event. Shorts, features, animation and documentaries will all be featured, starting tonight and running through next week. Many local filmmakers will have their work screened, including winners of the 2013/14 IFP Film Challenges. Multiple genres are also celebrated, as the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival continues to be included in PFF.
A programming note of interest: Sunday is "Geek Day," with sci-fi and pop culture related events and activities slated from 1-6 pm. Think of it as a sneak preview of the Phoenix Comic Con, returning to the Phoenix Convention Center in June.
While the official kick-off is tonight, most will likely attend Friday's "Industry Night." This free event in the party pavilion brings together festival attendees for a grand networking opportunity in a festive party atmosphere. Local and festival friendly vendors (including independent studios, equipment vendors, and educational groups) will have presentation booths set up. Film goers may get an opportunity to meet with some of the stars of tomorrow as they prepare to screen they new independent work today.
A number of films being screened will also go home with awards to their name. On Sunday night, the special feature awards will be presented by festival organizers. Many of the winning films will get additional screenings later in the week, so those who missed some of the stronger contenders over the weekend the first time around may get another opportunity.
The Phoenix Film Festival runs from April 3 through April 10 at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 (7000 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85054-6151 602-222-4275). For tickets and additional information, visit www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.