Our Mission

Independent Feature Project: Phoenix (IFP/PHX) supports and develops the growth of independent filmmaking in Arizona through comprehensive training, networking, exhibition and filmmaking opportunities. Additionally, the organization aspires to continually reach out with support for all other filmmaking-friendly organizations in Arizona and be the resource that helps connect everyone in our filmmaking community.

What We Do

Making a movie is hard. IFP Phoenix can help. We have casting rooms and rehearsal space to rent, an editing lab with Macs and PCs, and a library packed with films, books, videos, and a huge array of industry periodicals!  We offer our members a wide array of other benefits.

Then there’s our famous Seminars and Workshops, our year-round Filmmaker Challenges, Screenwriters Group, Women Filmmakers Group, Member of the Month, and Demo Reel Showcase.  And we work very closely to help produce the iconic Arizona independent film event, the Phoenix Film Festival in March/April.

Who We Are

IFP Phoenix is a program of the 501c3 Phoenix Film Foundation and is a sibling to the Phoenix Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Society, the Arizona Student Film Festival and the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival.  Our organization is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, and we are all dedicated to helping independent filmmakers get their films made, building the audience for independent film, and increasing diversity in the film industry. Though we are based out of Phoenix Arizona, our community of members is strong through out the state of Arizona. You can join and support the cause anytime; our membership dues are only $99 a year. If you believe independent film is critical to our culture and to the future of cinema, sign up now.

About the Organizations

The Phoenix Film Foundation

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The Phoenix Film Foundation was founded in 2000 as a 501c3 non-profit organization that is the host of several film-related programs detailed below:

  • 2001 – the Phoenix Film Festival was created and held it’s inaugural festival.
  • 2002 – the Phoenix Film Project was created to foster a community for local, independent filmmakers in the Valley of the Sun.
  • 2004 – the Phoenix Film Society was created as a membership-based filmgoer community group to attend screenings and discuss films.
  • 2005 – the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival was created to showcase films from those genres.
  • 2006 – the Phoenix Film Project became the fifth chapter of IFP (Independent Feature Projects) and is now IFP Phoenix.
  • 2006 – Later that year, The Arizona Student Film Festival was created as a showcase and educational opportunity for Arizona high school students.

The Phoenix Film Festival

Since its inception in 2001, the Phoenix Film Festival has become the largest film festival in the state of Arizona with attendance surpassing 20,000 annually and media coverage and marketing values of nearly one million dollars. This growth would not be possible without the support of our key partners; Cox Communications, Harkins Theatres, The Arizona Republic, Desert Schools Credit Union, Peroni, The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) , Collins College, Westin Kierland, Media Publishers Group and KTAR.  The festival is held annually in March/April.

Guests of the Phoenix Film Festival in past years have included: Alison Anders and Tommy Davidson, Candy Clark, Brian O’Hallaran, Edward Burns, James Foley, John Waters, Peter Fonda, John Landis, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Arnold, Laurence Fishburne, Robert Wagner, Jane Seymour, Robert Forster, Alan Cumming, Thomas McCarthy, Tom Arnold, Shane West, Virginia Madsen, Bill Engvall, Billy Zane, Morgan Spurlock, John Schaech, Peter Weller, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

The Phoenix Film Society

In 2004, the Phoenix Film Society, a community group dedicated to supporting the Phoenix Film Foundation and independent film in the Valley of the Sun, was created by the non-profit Foundation. At the heart of the Phoenix Film Society is a monthly screening series at Harkins Theatres, hosted by Arizona Republic Film Critic Bill Goodykoontz and other film professionals. The screenings focus on upcoming independent and Hollywood releases.


The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival

The inaugural International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival was held in October of 2005 with over 3,000 attendees.  Currently, the festival is held during the nights of the Phoenix Film Festival each March/April.

Since then the Festival has featured guests Mick Garris (creator of Masters of Horror), Heather Langenkamp (Nightmare on Elm St), P.J. Soles (Halloween), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Jeffrey Combs (ReAnimator) and Adrienne King (Friday the 13th).

Arizona Student Film Festival

Started in 2006, The Arizona Student Film Festival not only provides a platform for students to screen their films but will also assist them in creating their films. Educational Seminars are held in the fall to guide students through the filmmaking process. Day-long seminars are held on pre-production, production and post-production. This seminar series provides students with the guidance to complete their films and submit them to the Arizona Student Film Festival.

The festival features films from students throughout Arizona. In 2009 there were over 100 entries from over 40 schools and we anticipate that number to continue to grow. The festival showcases films from three divisions of students; grades 3-6, 7-8 and 9-12. The categories of films include Microshorts which are films of one to three minutes in length, and Shorts that are four to ten minutes in length. In addition, there is a 30 second Public Service Announcement (PSA) Competition.  The festival is held each June.