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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASES

First Press Release of the Season  - December 1st - Official Selections

Second Press Release  - December 8th -  New events + Official Selections

Third Press Release - December 15th  - New Events + Official Selections

Fourth Press Release  - TBD -  Official Festival Trailer Launch

Fifth Press Release - TBD - Program Release

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 21-25, 2023

CONTACT: Theindiefilmfest@gmail.com

 

Indie Film Fest Celebrates Its Fifth Year of Local and International 

Independent Films In Phoenix

Indie Film Fest 2023 Official Selection Announcements

 

Phoenix, AZ -- We proudly celebrate our fifth anniversary by showcasing independent films and filmmakers worldwide. This year, in celebration of our fifth anniversary, Indie Film Fest, is moving to a five-day festival that will take place at multiple venues in downtown Phoenix. 

 

Our festival extravaganza includes documentary features, short films, music videos, virtual reality adventures, and multimedia installations. Our community-organized film fest takes over downtown Phoenix and features more than 40 official selections worldwide, including top filmmakers in the southwest. This year we will introduce a new night, The Original Storytellers Night, at Cahokia PHX, a creative platform to launch ideas in downtown Phoenix. The night will include Indigenous films, fashion, storytelling, and the Rise Projection Show curated by IndigeDesignCollab. Each night the festival will give indie film lovers a chance to enjoy exclusive film premieres, conversations, and Q&As with the filmmakers themselves. The festival is not just about the films but also the culture growing in downtown Phoenix. We will host free workshops at Cahokia PHX and open-air filming challenges at Indie Film Fest. Our goal this year is to raise more than $10,000 with our nonprofit partners Roosevelt Row CDC, for our community grant fund that will award five Grand Jury Prize Winners at the end of the festival. This community grant comes from community members, local businesses, and community organizations that will provide a sustainable investment in independent artists and films. 

 

Dates: February 21-25th 2023

Locations: 

  • 2/21 - The Churchill (Short Film Premieres, Music Videos, Filmmaker Q&As)
  • 2/22 - Cahokia PHX “Original Storytellers Night” - (Workshops and Screenings)
  • 2/23 - Phoenix Center for the Arts (Feature Film, Short Films, Music Videos)
  • 2/24 - Roosevelt Row Block Party on 2nd St. (Short Films, Music Videos, )
  • 2/25 - Irish Cultural Center and Mcclelland Library Castle Courtyard (Grande Finale, Short Films, Music Videos, Award Ceremony)

 

We're excited to be announcing our first 10 official selections:  

 

  • Angela’s Tale  - Directed by Deonna Weatherly - Short Fictional Film - Drama
  • Black In The Newsroom - Directed by Collette Watson - Short Documentary - Local
  • Wildcat - Directed by Cat Dale - Short Fiction Film - Drama
  • Woman In Blue - Directed by Jack O'Donnell - Short Fiction Film - International
  • Parents - Directed by Megan Swertlow - Short Fiction Film -  Comedy
  • My Boyfriend - Directed by Ella Hope-Higginson - Short Fiction Film - International
  • “Wrong”  - Directed by Charles Sterling and Sam Sausedo - Music Video by Yves Florent
  • “Reaper” - Directed by Levi Angelo Elizaga and Chase Warren - Music Video by Ambition the Great - Local
  • “Making Love is Easy” - Directed by Josh Montag - Music Video by Scattered Melodies - Local
  • “Never Thought” - Directed by Sebastian Werz Music Video by Juss Mo

More will be announced throughout December. 

 

About Indie Film Fest

What began with a group of filmmakers coming together to create change in the film industry in AZ, now Indie Film Fest is the hub for the creative direction of the year in downtown Phoenix. In 2018 after screening our films in festivals all around the world and seeing the lack of PR and Promotion from festivals, the discrimination of putting white male directors ahead of everyone else, and an awareness of the cost it is having on the indie film industry, a small group of indie filmmakers living in Phoenix decided to create a festival that would be focused on the filmmakers and the artists who are making these amazing pieces of art. Indie Film Fest was born with a multi-day / multi-venue concept in the heart of downtown Phoenix, AZ during the month of February. Through the years we have screened films from all over the world in front of our sold out audiences at venues like The Film Bar, The Churchill, The Irish Culture Center, and even outside at the Roosevelt Row Welcome Center. We have raised thousands of dollars for non profits like Made In Her Image and Roosevelt Row CDC who help fund arts programs for aspiring artists in our city. 

 

For tickets and information about Indie Film Fest, please visit our Website: https://theindiefilmfest.com. We will see you at the movies! 

Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/theindiefilmfest

Instagram: @theindiefilmfest 

Twitter: @indieFilmfst

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 22, 2023

CONTACT: theindiefilmfest@gmail.com 

 

Indie Film Fest 2023 Original Storytellers Night with Cahokia PHX. 

Indie Film Fest 2023 Official Selection Announcements

 

Phoenix, AZ -- Indie Film Fest is partnering with Cahokia PHX to bring the Original Storytellers Night to downtown Phoenix February 22, 2023 bringing Indigenous films and creatives together for a night of collaboration, community, and storytelling. 

Indie Film Fest is proud to partner with Cahokia PHX to introduce Original Storytellers Night, a program that recognizes and celebrates Native Americans and their contributions to film, creative shorts and live storytelling. This year Cahokia will host a multi-set creative challenge where artists can film and record pitch videos for their project or business with the help of on-site mentors. The inaugural Original Storytellers Night showcases music videos, film shorts, spoken word, and the RISE projection show. The evening culminates with the screening of  'Apache Leap', an official Indie Film Fest selection. Original Storytellers will be a permanent addition to Indie Film Fest with the goal of finding, mentoring, and promoting Indigenous filmmakers. 

 

Dates: February 22, 2023

Locations: 

  • 2/22 - Cahokia PHX “Original Storytellers Night” - (Workshops and Screenings)

Address: 707 N. 3rd St. Suite 130 Phoenix, AZ 85004

We're excited to be announcing these new selections that will be featured throughout the 5 nights of screenings. 

  • Apache Leap Directed by Christian Rozier - Feature Length Drama
  • The Beauty Between Directed by Austin Smock - Short Documentary
  • From the Ashes Directed by Oladipo Makinde - Short Documentary
  • Duplicitous Minds Directed by Robert Rippberger - Short Drama
  • Find Your Way Directed by Thunderlips - Music Video by SAN HALO - International

More will be announced throughout December. 

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About Indie Film Fest

 

What began with a group of filmmakers coming together to create change in the film industry in AZ, now Indie Film Fest is the hub for the creative direction of the year in downtown Phoenix. In 2018 after screening our films in festivals all around the world and seeing the lack of PR and Promotion from festivals, the discrimination of putting white male directors ahead of everyone else, and an awareness of the cost it is having on the indie film industry, a small group of indie filmmakers living in Phoenix decided to create a festival that would be focused on the filmmakers and the artists who are making these amazing pieces of art. Indie Film Fest was born with a multi-day / multi-venue concept in the heart of downtown Phoenix, AZ during the month of February. Through the years we have screened films from all over the world in front of our sold out audiences at venues like The Film Bar, The Churchill, The Irish Culture Center, and even outside at the Roosevelt Row Welcome Center. We have raised thousands of dollars for non profits like Made In Her Image and Roosevelt Row CDC who help fund arts programs for aspiring artists in our city. 

 

For tickets and information about Indie Film Fest, please visit our Website: https://theindiefilmfest.com. We will see you at the movies! 

Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/theindiefilmfest

Instagram: @theindiefilmfest 

Twitter: @indieFilmfst

 

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