The Scottsdale International Film Festival returns for its 20th anniversary year, continuing to connect audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe.
This year the festival kicks off Nov. 6 and runs through Nov. 10, and will be held online as a virtual film festival.
“Going virtual for the 2020 festival was not in anyone’s original plan for celebrating our 20th anniversary, but the safety of our guests and the challenges of holding physical events has made the shift to virtual a good pivot,” says Amy Ettinger, executive director. “I’ll also point out that we made lemonade by programming 20 films for our 20th year as an antidote to 2020!”
The festival has taken this opportunity to offer a uniquely personalized event that not only lets participants choose the films they want to watch but also allows them to choose when they want to watch them. By customizing their own schedule, the festivalgoer’s digital passport allows armchair traveling to a variety of countries and access to 20 highly curated films.
The 2020 anniversary line-up continues the quality of films and programming moviegoers have come to expect from the Scottsdale International Film Festival. With a complete selection of comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers and more, audiences will be sure to find their niche watching one, several, or all of the films scheduled. Additionally, Q&As with filmmakers will be available at the end of some of the films and are included in the ticket price.
VIP Pass sales started online Oct. 5. Individual tickets and multi-ticket package sales begin on Oct. 11. The festival’s user-friendly online schedule allows participants to scroll through the line-up of films to be shown, read full descriptions and watch movie trailers.
Highlighted films include the dark comedy from Netherlands Boy Meets Gun; the BIPOC drama from Canada Rustic Oracle; a powerful and hopeful story from Greece/Spain Window to the Sea; and the award-winning documentary Aulcie about Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship. Those looking for a local connection won’t want to miss Butter written by local YA author Erin Jade Lange and set in Scottsdale. This film is a whimsical and humorous look at a high schooler named Butter who is about to make history live on the Internet, and everyone is invited to watch.
Scottsdale International Film Festival
Nov. 6 – 10
For more information and tickets, please visit scottsdalefilmfestival.com.