Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

Phoenix Film Festival: President and founder Chris LaMont talks 14th year

See also

Phoenix Film Festival President and Founder Chris LaMont recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner about this year’s event, which will take place Thursday, April 3-Thursday, April 10 at Harkins Scottsdale 101.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with LaMont by clicking on the image above this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the present and founder discusses the perfect recipe for a great day at the festival.

Our festival is all about the revolution of film. It is amazing how, with the digital revolution, everyone now has an opportunity to tell their story. People are shooting movies on their iPhones and editing them on their laptops. You can make a great little movie and not have to spend a lot of money to tell a great story. That is what independent film is all about.

[We have got] some films that are not going to be at Camelview and are not going to make it Shea but they are still definitely deserving of an audience. You can't be a filmmaker without showing your movie to people so we want to get the best presentation possible. And we are fairly successful at doing it because we always stay on track and we keep in mind what is important - which is great movies and a great audience.

Every film in competition is amazing. There are some great comedies and great dramas that we have got. And we have got some really cool showcase films. We have got nonstop events. We have got workshops, we have got Kids’ Day on Saturday morning, we have got Geek Day on Sunday afternoon, we have got bands, [etc.]. We would love for people to come see the movies and then hang out with the filmmakers over at the Party Pavilion.

That kind of synergy makes this festival special from other festivals because ... everyone goes to the same party. The idea is that we build up this amazing film community over the weekend. And it is amazing. You have got to see at least two movies a day and then go hang out at the Party Pavillion. That is the perfect recipe for a great day at the festival.” - Chris LaMont


Today's top buzz...

  • Jack White
    Reddit users have fun photoshopping an angry Jack White at a Cubs game
    Music Buzz
  • Kliff Kingsbury
    Kliff Kingsbury reads a series of flattering tweets praising his good looks
    Today's Buzz
  • Jamaal Charles
    Kansas City Chiefs make Jamaal Charles the second highest paid running back in NFL
    NFL Buzz
  • Slash
    Slash and The Conspirators crush it at Hard Rock, AP Awards
    20 Photos
  • Monks of Mellonwah
    Exclusive interview: Monks of Mellonwah talk music, touring and more
    9 Photos
  • Nikki Bella
    How will fans react if the WWE decides to turn Nikki Bella into a heel?
    5 Photos

Related Videos:

  • 112 Jewish Weddings
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Interview: Damian Voerg talks Cigarette Soup
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Japan Cuts returns!
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>