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Arcosanti International Film Carnivale
04.26.2019 - 04.28.2019 
Arcosanti - Mayer
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Arizona’s first all documentary film festival, the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale, will take place April 26-28, 2019 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.

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.

Aside from the showcasing of independent, documentary films, the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale will feature a full weekend of activities, experiences, and culinary delights. A few of the weekend’s highlights include:

An opening night ceremony featuring a cocktail mixer, a tour of Arcosanti, opening bronze bell pour ceremony, a concert in the Vault, an opening night film and a moonlit desert kegger.

Panels, discussions and workshops exploring such topics as sustainable design, conservation, farm to table cuisine, the golden age of documentary filmmaking, and Arizona winemaking, to name a few.

A Venetian-inspired masquerade ball held in the Arcosanti vaults. Guests are encouraged to get creative with their costumes by incorporating the desert landscape and/or wildlife into their attire. During the masquerade ball, there will also be a dessert competition, Cakosanti, where local pastry chefs will sample their fantastical creations for a chance to be crowned as the winning Carnivale dessert.

The Art of the Beard Exhibition will be a fun beard show that will take place in the Colly Garden where bearded men will vy 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 a weekend pass. 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.

Arcosanti is located at 13555 S. Cross L Rd., Mayer, Ariz., 86333. For updates and ticket information, visit www.facebook.com/arcosantifilmcarnivale or www.arcosantifilmcarnivale.com.