2015 Phoenix Film Festival Surpasses All Expectations

After presenting eight fun-filled days of exceptional independent films it was time to bring the 15th annual Phoenix Film Festival to a close. The 2015 Phoenix Film Festival was a rousing success as the event’s organizers did an outstanding job of making sure that everybody who attended had a great time.

2015 Phoenix Film Festival Surpasses All Expectations Bob Knapp April 2015

Photo Credit Producer Filmmaker Bob Knapp ‏@SeeWhatISeeProdwww.swispro.com

Phoenix Film Festival was a rousing success Megan Scott

Photo credit Megan Scott ‏@mscottjd

Yang Wang Had so much fun speaking as a panelist at Phoenix Film Festival of Women in Filmmaking Seminar

Multimedia Content Producer Yang Wang Had so much fun speaking as a panelist at Phoenix Film Festival of Women in Filmmaking Seminar – Photo Credit Yang Wang ‏@yangwangz

Actress. Singer:Songwriter friends nights Janae Dunn

Actress Singer/Songwriter Janae Dunn and her Friends – Photo Credit Janae Dunn ‏@janae_dunn

When the Phoenix Film Festival started 15 years ago, it was a very small event. This year, record crowds of roughly 25,000 came to see the top independent feature films and shorts from Arizona, the U.S. and many other countries around the globe. The Phoenix Film Festival is Arizona’s largest film festival. Over the eight day period more than 150 films were shown on 7 screens in the Harkins Scottsdale/101 theatre complex.

Set up photo from the Phoenix Film Festival

AJ Odneal  beautiful songs Opening night – Photo Credit AJ Odneal ‏@AJOdneal

Photo credit AJ Odneal ‏@AJOdneal

Opening Night with AJ Odneal – Photo Credit Actress Samantha Kade ‏@ItsSamanthaKade

Phoenix Film Festival opening night Brad Wiatr

Opening Night – Photo Credit Brad Wiatr ‏@bradwiatr

Opening Night

Opening night began with a bang as guests flocked to the Party Pavillion where they were welcomed to this year’s film festival with fabulous food, great entertainment, and a silent auction. Afterwards, attendees moved into the theatre where the festivities continued with the screening of Danny Collins, a film about an aging rock star portrayed by Al Pacino.

Actress, Model and Producer Kathy Blaze Jefferson on the Red Carpet

Actress, Model and Producer Kathy Blaze Jefferson – Red Carpet

Actress Meredith Thomas With the producer & subject:star of the inspiring

Actress Meredith Thomas with the producer & subject/star of the inspiring Far From Home Movie – Photo credit Meredith Thomas ‏@MeredithActress – www.themeredithmethod.com

Actress Nicole A. Randall Red Carpet Scottsdale

Actress Nicole A. Randall – Red Carpet – www.nicolearandall.com  –  @ActorNicole

Honored Actress Tasha Dixon for the movie

Honored Actress Tasha Dixon for the movie @goingbongo – www.goingbongo.com  – DONATE NOW!! OFFICIAL FUNDING PAGE FOR “MessUSA” feature film

Indie Filmmaker and Actor Darious J. Britt with Actor Writer and Producer Ernest Napoleon on the Red Carpet

Indie Filmmaker and Actor Darious J. Britt @D4Darious with Actor Writer and Producer Ernest Napoleon ‏@GoingBongo

Fox Movie Channel Friday Night Party

A crowd estimated to be in excess of 1,500 showed up on March 27 at the Fox Movie Channel Friday Night Party. It was a fun and free night for filmmakers to get together and network. Throughout the eight day event, there were workshops and discussion groups where attendees could listen to writers, directors and actors talk about the creative process. Attendees got a chance to ask questions and interact with the talented people who provided the content for this year’s Phoenix Film Festival.

Actress Susan Jude and Actor George Greader

Actress Susan Jude @laskorski_susie and Actor George Greader ‏@ArizonaActor – photo credit ‏George

Horror Shorts Filmmakers

Horror Shorts // Filmmakers Bad Guy #2 @badguy2movie

Actress Nikki Heinrich and Friends Red Carpet ‏@NikkiHeinrich1

Actress Nikki Heinrich and Friends – Red Carpet ‏@NikkiHeinrich1

make-up artist Dania Blanco

Make-up Artist Dania Blanco @CosmiixArtistry

Award Winners

On Sunday night, the Copper Wing Award Winners were recognized for outstanding achievement in a number of different categories. Wildlike was the big winner, taking home awards for Best Picture, Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Screenplay. In some of the other categories, Unsound won for Best Arizona Feature, In Silence won for Best World Cinema Picture, and Blood Punch took the honors for Best Horror Feature.

Writer and Director Khalil Sullins & producer Pardis Sullins posing with the "Best Director" Award

Writer and Director Khalil Sullins & producer Pardis Sullins posing with the “Best Director” Award – Photo Credit Listening Movie ‏@ListeningMovie

Congratulations to Writer and Director Khalil Sullins "Listening Movie" Director and Producer Frank Hall Green "Wildlike"

Congratulations to: Writer and Director Khalil Sullins “Listening Movie” also Director and Producer Frank Hall Green “Wildlike” – Photo Credit Producer Joseph Stephans ‏@boxojo

There was Plenty to See

Over the next seven days, attendees had the opportunity to watch both feature length and shorts in a number of different categories and genres. There were touching story lines and films that really tugged at you heart. A separate category was devoted to science fiction and horror films. Documentaries showed life’s struggles in far-away places around the world.

Most Memorable Movies

While We’re Young

A truly entertaining film that poses the question of when it is time to move on to a new stage in your life. Starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, the couple faces a crossroad in their life. Do they want to try to have a baby and be parents at an older age or should they move on and enjoy life as a carefree couple without parental responsibilities? When they meet a young and hip couple, their choice becomes more clear. www.while-were-young.com

Wildlike

Hoping that a change of scenery will help her teenage daughter overcome her struggle with some emotional and behavioral problems, Mackenzie is sent off to Alaska to live with her uncle. At first the relationship between niece and uncle is good, but eventually it dissolves into a bad situation. The resourceful young lady gets away from her uncle and tries to make her way back to her mother in Seattle. Alone and out in the wilderness, she meets a lone backpacker, and together, the two discover the peaceful solitude and beauty of the unspoiled Alaska frontier. www.wildlikefilm.com

Listening

“Director/screenwriter Khalil Sullins makes an auspicious feature debut with his audacious sci-fi thriller that’s as engrossing as it is thought-provoking. Exploring the nascent technology that will no doubt make mental telepathy a commonplace occurrence, and that’s a world we probably won’t want to live in, Listening features style to spare… The film, which recently received its world premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival, instantly marks its creator as a talent to watch.” www.listeningmovie.com

Filmmaker llirik RomantiCorp

Filmmaker llirik RomantiCorp @llirikwww.llirik.com

Emily Mickelson at Phoenix film festival 2015

 “Having Fun”  – Photo Credit mily Mickelson ‏@enmickel

Horror Shorts "What is Momo" - Photo Credit Jittery Monkeys

Horror Shorts “What is Momo” – Photo Credit Jittery Monkeys ‏@JitteryMonkeys

The Horror Show Red Carpet 2015

The Horror Show @HorrorShow666 – FIRST comprehensive Horror Show on YouTube!!

Actress McKenzie Jones on the Red Carpet

Actress McKenzie Jones – Red Carpet

Actor Producer shelly boucher TheTent with Shellie Ulrich

Actress Producer shelly boucherTheTent” with Actress Filmaker Shellie Ulrich 

On their way to the Phoenix film festival for their movie on a Limo

On their way to the Phoenix Film Festival  “And So You Saw” – Photo Credit Rio Anne ‏@theoriginalrio

Film And Media Production Major At Arizona State University Erin Sarotte ‏@esarotte and Indie Filmmaker Darious J. Britt

Film And Media Production Major At Arizona State University Erin Sarotte ‏@esarotte and Indie Filmmaker Darious J. Britt @D4Darious – Photo Credit Erin Sarotte

Packed theaters on Friday during the Festival

Packed theaters on Friday during the Festival – Photo credit Program Director for @PhoenixFilmFest Greg Hall ‏@GregHall26

Full audience for their second screening at Phoenix Film Festival

Full audience for their second screening at Phoenix Film Festival! www.sevenhoursinheaven.com ‏- Photo Credit @SevenHoursMovie

Packed house at Phoenix Film Festival Party Pavillion

Packed house at Phoenix Film Festival Party Pavillion – Photo Credit Papa Joe Gruberman ‏@jgrub and AZ Film & Media ‏@AzFMC

Photo Credit Poppin Allyson Bills ‏@allysonbills

Photo Credit Poppin Allyson Bills ‏@allysonbills

Did you have a good time attending the parties and mingling with the creative types? We sure hope you did! What was your favorite movie and favorite moment? We trust that you had a pleasant stay at the Thunderbird Suites while you were in Scottsdale for the Phoenix Film Festival. Please come back to see us the next time you are visiting the area. We can’t say it enough but we really appreciate your choosing the Best Western Thunderbird Suites. To all our movie-going guests – THANK YOU!

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