Tuesday 11 July 2000

Phoenix Film Festival 2016

The Phoenix Film Festival is the premier festival from the Phoenix Film Foundation and the largest film festival within the city of Phoenix, now in its 16th year. I counted 131 films screening this year: 53 features (up from 47 last year) and 67 short films (down from 84). There's also the finals of the year's IFP Phoenix film challenges and the Arizona Student Film Festival, screening 15 short films made by local high school students.

All that's excluding the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, which I still think of as a separate event even if it technically hasn't been since 2010. I maintain separate index pages for IHSFFF.

The event runs from 7th to 14th April in 2016 and the big change this year is that, after the bulk of the festival is over and awards have been handed out on the Sunday, the following four days will include daytime screenings as well as evening ones, allowing many of us to see more films than would normally be possible.

Here are all the films scheduled to screen this year, with titles linking to my reviews and the IMDb pages added for reference. Films screened as part of the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival are covered on a separate page.

Rating System
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Competition Feature Films
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Beyond Glory 2015 Larry Brand IMDb
Coming Through the Rye 2015 James Steven Sadwith IMDb
Dating Daisy 2015 Neel Upadhye IMDb
Jessica 2015 Scott K Foley IMDb
A Light Beneath Their Feet 2015 Valerie Weiss IMDb
No Greater Love 2015 Justin Roberts IMDb
Operator 2016 Logan Kibens IMDb
Rwanda & Juliet 2016 Ben Proudfoot IMDb
Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 2015 Phil Furey IMDb
Welcome to Happiness 2015 Oliver Thompson IMDb

World Cinema Feature Films
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Children of the Arctic 2014 Nick Brandestini IMDb
Creditors 2015 Ben Cura IMDb
Freedom or Death! 2015 Damian Kolodiy IMDb
Home Care 2015 Slávek Horák IMDb
Jackie Boy 2015 Cody Campanale IMDb
Kollwein's Day of Truth 2015 Anna Justice IMDb
We Will Be the World Champions 2015 Darko Bajic IMDb
Yoani's Trip 2015 Peppe Siffredi & Raphael Bottino IMDb

Arizona Feature Films
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Carry On: Finding Hope in the Canyon Jeremy Simmons & Carrie Whitten-Simmons n/a
Lucky U Ranch 2015 Steve Anderson IMDb
Patagonia Treasure Trail 2016 Michele Gisser IMDb

Showcase Feature Films
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
City of God 2002 7 7 Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund IMDb
Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life 2015 Aaron Faulls & Nate Gowtham IMDb
Cut to the Chase 2016 Blayne Weaver IMDb
The Dark Horse 2014 James Napier Robertson IMDb
Exit Through the Gift Shop 2010 Banksy IMDb
The Final Resolution 2016 Brian Ronalds IMDb
Five Nights in Maine 2015 Maris Curran IMDb
The Girlfriend Experience 2016 Amy Seimetz IMDb
Here Come the Videofreex 2015 Jenny Raskin & Jon Nealon IMDb
I am What I Play 2015 Roger King IMDb
In Bruges 2008 Martin McDonagh IMDb
Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? 2016 Matt Cooper IMDb
Little Men 2016 Ira Sachs IMDb
Love and Friendship 2016 Whit Stillman IMDb
The Man Who Knew Infinity 2015 Matt Brown IMDb
The Meddler 2015 Lorene Scafaria IMDb
A Monster with a Thousand Heads 2015 Rodrigo Plá IMDb
Morris from America 2016 Chad Hartigan IMDb
Postmarked 2016 Gene Ganssle IMDb
Presenting Princess Shaw 2015 Ido Haar IMDb
Remittance 2015 Patrick Daly & Joel Fendelman IMDb
Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 Colin Trevorrow IMDb
The Seeker 2016 Jeff D Johnson IMDb
Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015 Mark Burton & Richard Starzak IMDb
Short Term 12 2013 Destin Daniel Cretton IMDb
Sing Street 2016 John Carney IMDb
Stereotypically You 2015 Benjamin Cox IMDb
Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 Jeffrey Scwarz IMDb
Victor Young Perez 2013 Jacques Ouaniche IMDb
Viva 2015 Paddy Breathnach IMDb
Weiner 2016 Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg IMDb

Animated Shorts
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Bear Me 2012 Kasia Wilk IMDb
Hooked 2015 Sofia Moreira IMDb
Tiny Town 2015 Howard Cook & Stephen Baker IMDb
Entrance Exam 2013 Boqing Tang IMDb
Burnt 2015 Devin Bell IMDb
Bottomless 2015 Véronique Vanblaere IMDb
Olilo 2015 Ao Li IMDb
The Loneliest Stoplight 2015 Bill Plympton IMDb
Golden Shot Gökalp Gönen n/a
Borrowed Time 2015 Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj IMDb
The Apple Tree 2015 Scott Storm IMDb

Arizona Shorts
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Best Day Ever Angel Ruiz n/a
Fathers 2015 6 6 Jamie Rivera IMDb
Dino Park 2015 Adolpho Navarro IMDb
Malparido William Edgmon n/a
Have a Nice Flight 2014 4 4 Keenan Murray IMDb
Up Route 2015 Jordan Wippell IMDb
Blind Date 2015 Darren Rudy IMDb
Reverie Dana Bruhn & Kayla Windsor n/a
Saying Goodbye 2015 Laurie A Bell IMDb
Firework Steve Hubbs n/a
JFK's Last Interview 2015 Bob Reynolds IMDb

Arizona Student Film Festival
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Hope & Jackson Alyssa Bartlett n/a
Seriously Casey Likes n/a
The Gymnast Jourdyn Dinbokow n/a
Band Together Max Lerner n/a
Maybe a Monster Natasha Loving n/a
Graham Grant Roberts n/a
The Devil's Odds Addison Gilbard n/a
A Different Kind of Always Roger Groleau n/a
Cat Eyes Holly Milosevich n/a
Just Another High School Fight Angela Houston n/a
The Banjo Man Troy Lucia n/a
An Idea for Tomorrow Alexis Rainery n/a
Birthday Static Holly Milosevich n/a
Fuera de la sombra Martha Pacheco n/a
Beautiful Words Holly Milosevich n/a

Documentary Shorts
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
High Signs 2015 Damien Patrik IMDb
Binkley's Andrew Gooi n/a
Native Evolution Kyle Bell n/a
Keep It Grand 2015 Daniel Ferrera IMDb
In Memory 2015 72u IMDb

Home Grown Shorts
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Reading Out Loud Bud Bennett n/a
Little Donkeys Chris Vena n/a
Reality 2015 5 4 Chris Wilembrecht n/a
In the Blink 2015 Damien Patrik IMDb
A Proper Pint 2015 5 5 Keven Siegert IMDb
The Composer 2016 Gwyneth Christoffel & Darien Marion IMDb
The Simplicity of Chaos 2015 Miguel Gonzalez IMDb
Closing Doors 2015 Sam Santana IMDb

Live Action Shorts A
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Ronnie BoDean 2015 Steven Paul Judd IMDb
Fragile Storm 2015 Dawn Fields IMDb
A Way Out 2015 Jason Tostevin IMDb
Big Boy 2014 Bryan Campbell IMDb
American Dancer 2015 Steven Espinosa IMDb
A King's Betrayal 2015 David Bornstein IMDb
Burned 2015 Jaime Valdueza IMDb
My Luchador 2015 Shea Sizemore IMDb

Live Action Shorts B
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
What if My Wife Died in Yoga Class? 2014 6 6 Jeffrey Williams IMDb
The Walk 2015 Alonso Alvarez IMDb
Brix and the Bitch 2015 Nico Raineau IMDb
Last Winter 2015 Daniel Wyland IMDb
Wild West Fan Co 2015 Matt Thompson IMDb
The Decision 2015 Mike Scalisi IMDb
The Mountain King 2015 Peter Brambl IMDb

Medium-Length Documentaries
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Gayrouth Charbel Raad n/a
Play the Documentary 2015 Matty Steinkamp IMDb

Student Shorts
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Fantastic Love of Beeboy & Flowergirl 2015 Clemens Roth IMDb
Girl in the Chair 2015 M Louis Gordon IMDb
The Bench 2016 Cameron Burnett IMDb
Small Displays of Chaos 2015 Nick Meunier IMDb
Man Under the Moon 2015 Maria Sevilla IMDb
The Life and Times of Thomas Thumb Jr 2015 Ryan Fox IMDb
Miracle Polish 2015 Eduardo Cohn IMDb
Isa and the Frog Prince Yingxiang Huang IMDb

World Cinema Shorts
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Foot in Mouth 2015 Ella Jones IMDb
Rumble 2015 Matthew Hopper IMDb
Violet 2015 Maurice Joyce IMDb
Dreaming of Peggy Lee 2015 James Everett IMDb
Colours 2015 Peter Lee Scott IMDb
Run, Ran, Run Sanna Ekman n/a
The Visit 2014 Leandro Corinto IMDb


Unknown said...

I hope you get a chance to watch and write a review on Lucky U Ranch!

Hal C. F. Astell said...

I'm planning to see it on Wednesday night, Stacie.

Unknown said...

Yay!! See you there!