Arcosanti International Film Carnivale: Arizona’s First All-Documentary Film Fest

Arcosanti (Photo: Jason Ryan)

Arizona’s first all documentary film festival, the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale, will take place April 26-28 in the beautiful, otherworldly eco-city of Arcosanti. More than just a film festival, this groundbreaking event will be an eclectic culture hub celebrating every art form under the sun. While the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale accepts documentary short and feature films on every topic, the festival has special divisions for films on sustainability, conservation, Native American culture, holistic and organic living, art and design, architecture, fashion, culinary arts, social change and the human condition.

Arcosanti (Photo: Jason Ryan)

The Arcosanti International Film Carnivale’s mission is to celebrate the art of documentary cinema and enrich the community by presenting an annual world-class event with art exhibitions, educational workshops, panels and outreach programs, an open-air mercato, live music, locally made wine and beer tastings, globally inspired cuisine and desserts, and a Venetian-style masquerade ball. The event is anticipated to become one of Arizona’s top destination film festivals because of its unique locale and multi-artistic and multi-cultural facets.

Alongside showcasing independent documentary films, the festival will feature other activities all weekend including:

  • Opening ceremony with a cocktail mixer, tour of Arcosanti, opening bronze bell pour ceremony, concert in the Vault, opening night film and a moonlit desert kegger
  • Panels, discussions and workshops exploring sustainable design, conservation, farm-to-table cuisine, the golden age of documentary filmmaking and Arizona winemaking, among others
  • A Venetian-inspired masquerade ball and dessert competition Cakosanti, where local pastry chefs will sample creations for a chance to be crowned the winning Carnivale dessert
  • The Art of the Beard Exhibition where bearded men will compete to be awarded the most artistic beard, weirdest beard, best overall beard, longest beard and most expressive stache

General admission day passes range from $20 to $85 or $100 for weekend passes. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available, which include a variety of additional perks and experiences, such as an exclusive dinner, cocktail reception, ultra-exclusive after party inside Paolo Soleri’s apartment, and more. VIP day passes range from $40 to $150, or weekend VIP passes are available for $300. The lineup of films and a full listing of events will be continually updated.

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