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‘A Festival in Two Parts’: Scottsdale event sets in-person, virtual films

By Connor Dziawura | October 23, 2021 After a surprise success adapting amidst the pandemic last year, the annual Scottsdale International Film Festival is returning as a hybrid event this November. Despite going virtual and halving...

Building a Community: Peoria Film Festival returns after pandemic hiatus

By Connor Dziawura | September 8, 2021 Peoria Film Festival Executive Director Jason Carney sees film festivals as fostering their own little community. “There’s just that sense of comradery from film lovers,” Carney describes. “It’s not...

No More ‘Lucking Out’: Sedona film festival gets cautious with pandemic

By Connor Dziawura | June 5, 2021 Sedona International Film Festival organizers lucked out with last year’s event. Set just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic led to mass shutdowns of businesses and cancellations of events, the...

Promoting Equality: LUNAFEST helping give women filmmakers a platform

By Connor Dziawura | March 1, 2021 When LUNAFEST returns every year, it brings with it a new set of films from around the world to highlight strong women, powerful images and impactful language. Founded in...

A New Beginning: Jewish film festival adapts to increasingly virtual world

By Connor Dziawura | February 8, 2021 When it came to the timing of last year’s Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival — considered the longest-running film festival in the Valley — organizers were lucky. The event,...

Going Virtual: Scottsdale’s annual film festival celebrating 20 years remotely

By Connor Dziawura With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, the film industry was quick to adapt. Theaters found themselves shuttered, while some renowned events canceled this year’s festivities altogether. Still, some...

Movies to Go: Phoenix Film Foundation raises funds with virtual events

By Laura Latzko With the cancellation of major events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local organizations have sought to find different ways to entertain the public. After postponing its annual spring film festival, the Phoenix Film...

‘Great Films with a Little Jewish Flavor:’ Annual festival is dubbed a ‘can’t-miss occasion’

By Christopher Boan The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival is a labor of love for executive directors Barry Singer and Jerry Mittelman. They work throughout the year to find the world’s best examples of Jewish film...

Four Days of Cinema: Chandler fest presents international crop of films

By Kevin Reagan From cult classics to political documentaries, this month’s Chandler International Film Festival promises to deliver a diverse lineup of films for local moviegoers. The four-day event from January 17 to January 20 will...

Building a Bridge: Tempe-based film festival giving Asian filmmakers voices

By Connor Dziawura Filmmaker Ihman Esturco sees a distinct lack of representation for foreign cinema, namely that which is from Asian countries. “There’s a lot of filmmakers, especially in Asia, who don’t have access,” explains Esturco,...

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