Film buffs will gather at Harkins Camelview 5 Theatre for this year’s Scottsdale International Film Festival starting on Oct. 1 and running through Oct. 5. And the cosmopolitan affair is rolling into its 10th season with 27 films from 20 countries including Hollywood Premieres and Indie Arthouse flicks set to air. The festival gets better and better each year with five Oscar contenders from the latest Academy Awards set to be featured. Also, check out the expanded schedule on Saturday and Sunday mornings, along with the many membership benefits, discounts and two-for-one deals available for this year’s festival.
The festival kicks off with a fabulous after-film party in the Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Friday at 9:30 p.m. The party is exclusively for VIP Pass, Opening Night Party Ticket, and Opening Night Party Pass holders. Must be 21 years of age or older to be served alcoholic beverages.
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Tickets can be purchased online before Sept. 30 by 5 p.m. After you must purchase tickets at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (Opening Night) or Harkens Camelview 5 Theatre.
Opening Night Party Pass: The Opening Night Party Pass will give film watchers reserved seating and access to the after-party at 9:30 p.m. in the Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Appetizers and one complimentary non-alcoholic beverage will be provided byCoca Cola. One drink coupon will be included with the pass for redemption at the bar. However, there will be a no-host, cash bar for all additional beverages.
Build-A-Five Pass: Five tickets for $45. Save $5. Only available for purchase before the Festival starts.
Build-A-Ten Pass: Ten tickets for $90. Save $10. Only available for purchase before the Festival starts.
Single Tickets for the after party and showings are also available!
About the Festival: The Festival has offered to its audience of 42,000 attendees more than 225 films from an impressive 51 nations around the globe and from countries as diverse as Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Slovenia, and Tanzania.
The inaugural Scottsdale International Film Festival was scheduled to commence on September 28, 2001. No one knew at the time how the events of 9/11 would impact the fledgling event. Much to the surprise of the Festival, the community turned out in force at double the seating capacity.
“The town clamored to embrace diversity rather than run from it. Attendees perceived the Festival as a necessary looking glass into other cultures and ways of life.”
The Scottsdale International Film Festival is the only event in the community that specifically focuses on foreign film. This Festival routinely attracts the official Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards selections. Q&A sessions with directors and cast members are a patron favorite at the Scottsdale Festival.
Past high profile participants in audience discussions were Oscar nominee Mike Leigh, Golden Globe Winner and Oscar nominee Lesley Ann Warren, Seinfeld Aluma Patrick Warburton, and Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly. The talents of cinematic scholars and even film critics from our own community regularly participate in moderated discussions.
For more information on the Festival, please visit www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com.