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The 2023 Phoenix Film Festival will take place March 23rd through April 2nd. IFP Phoenix will be hosting a variety of industry events and educational opportunities for local filmmakers and artists.


IFP Phoenix presents Industry Night at the 2023 Phoenix Film Festival! Join us for the largest filmmaker networking event of the year on Friday, March 24th from 6:00pm to Midnight. This FREE night of networking with fellow filmmakers and local professionals typically sees over 1000 people attend each year.

We’ll have around 20 local film vendors with tables at the event showing off what they can do for you and your movie. A DJ will keep the vibe fun and the conversations flowing.

Whether you want to make a connection in the industry or just celebrate with your fellow local filmmakers, this is the night for you!

Where: The 2023 Phoenix Film Festival’s Party Pavilion (in the tent next to the theater at Harkins Scottsdale 101)

When: Friday, March 24th, 2023 Time: 6:00pm – 11pm

If you’re interested in being a vendor with a table, you can register here while tables last: https://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com/industry-night

Vendors signing up for tables at Industry Night must be film related. Unfortunately, we cannot accept registrations from non-film related businesses, other film festivals, other movie theaters, or groups with political affiliations.

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IFP’s filmmaker panels are the perfect place to take a break between screenings and get even more insight into the exciting world of filmmaking from our amazing festival filmmakers! We have five panels each weekend. Three on Saturdays and two on Sundays.

Be a part of the conversation! There is something for everyone to learn as filmmakers from all over the world join us for discussions about pressing issues in the world of film and filmmaking. We invite filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers and film lovers alike to join the conversation!

***Although these panels are FREE to attend, you will need to pick up a voucher from our ticketing center in order to reserve your seat in the Harkins auditorium.***


Auditorium 3 at 11:15 AM – Location Location Location

How filmmakers can utilize local locations to take their films up a notch. Hosted by Phil Bradstock, Phoenix Film Commissioner

Auditorium 5 at 1:15 PM – Better Than You Found It

Filmmakers discuss the various ways they hope their films can make an impact on the world. Hosted by Yvonne So, activist and podcast host.

Auditorium 4 at 4:00 PM – Women in Film

A roundtable with women filmmakers discussing their craft and the state of women in filmmaking. Presented by the Arizona Production Association and hosted by Julie Lee, administrative director of the APA.


Auditorium 5 at 1:45 PM – Artistic Vision

Directors discuss working with the art department on set decoration, props, wardrobe, etc. to make sure their film looks good beyond camera. Presented by Arizona Production Association and hosted by Misty Wilson, an editor based in Arizona and a past president of the APA.

Auditorium 4 at 3:30 PM – Pen to Paper 

You have an idea for a film. How do you take that and start to turn it into a script? These screenwriters and filmmakers go over their writing process. Hosted by writer/director/actor Tom Huang.


Auditorium 3 at 11:15 AM – First Features

Making a feature film for the first time is intimidating. Let’s talk with filmmakers about how they were able to get their first one done. Hosted by Monte Yazzie, the International Horror and Sci Fi festival director.

Auditorium 4 at 1:45 PM – Act One

Actors discuss what it takes to land your first lead role. Hosted by Rebekah Varghese, IFP Program Director.

Auditorium 5 at 3:30 PM – Let Me Ask You a Question

Documentary filmmakers go over their process for interviewing subjects. How to gain trust, how to dig deep, etc. Hosted by Aaron Kes, former IFP program director, filmmaking teacher and photographer.


Auditorium 4 at 1:15 PM – On the Low  

Low and no budget filmmaking can still yield high end results. These panelists talk about how they kept costs down while the quality remained high. Hosted by Samuel Varghese, local filmmaker and video producer.

Auditorium 5 at 3:45 PM – Chop It Up 

Filmmakers and editors discuss how they use approach editing to help shape the film to their vision. Hosted by Diane Dresback, local filmmaker and author.

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Video independently made by Malcom Matusky and Malcom Productions.