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What We Are
ALIFFF is an annual dedicated genre-based film festival in Phoenix, AZ.
As we grow ALIFFF, we will remain true to our core ideals, which are to find the very best and most original genre films from across the globe and screen them to audiences at as low a cost as is possible without sacrificing quality.
Our mantra is 'quality, originality, community'.
Check out all the films that have been selected for ALIFFF by clicking the laurels below:
Where We Are
It's conveniently located in downtown Phoenix right off I-10 and there's free parking right next to the building. It's about a quarter of a mile from the light rail and about half a mile from Central Ave. & McDowell Rd.
At PCA, we're in the Third Street Theater, which seats a comfortable 210. The venue allows the sale of alcohol, so we have a selection of beers and wine on sale. Concessions are also for sale but we'll still have free popcorn throughout the event.
When We Are
Genre festivals are traditionally held late in the year and we've been two weekends from the end of October from our very first year, part of the run-up to Hallowe'en.
In 2019, we're running two full days: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October.
Who We Are
Founder and Director
ALIFFF was founded by Hal C. F. Astell, who has been part of the Arizona film festival community since 2007.
Hal is a film critic and award-winning author with six books on film published by Apocalypse Later Press. He curates the Apocalypse Later Roadshow at conventions across the southwest. He works for a number of other film festivals as a screener, programmer and/or judge. He explores the history of cinema at Apocalypse Later Film Reviews, reviewing the sort of films that most critics don't.
Our graphic artist (year 3 onwards) is Jason Drotman of Steamheart Design. He's a co-director of the Arizona Steampunk Society and the owner of Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention, for which he also designs the graphics.
Our graphic artist (years 1-3) was Marty Freetage of Freetage Designs, who also created our logo. He handles the graphic art for the Phoenix Film Festival, the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, Phoenix FearCon, Phoenix Fan Fusion and many others.
Our awards are utterly unique, as they're commissioned from the utterly unique Tom Deadstuff, a Phoenix-based artist who works in paper mache. He's designed and created amazing awards for us over the past two years.
Our judges choose the winners of the short film awards and we change them up every year to keep choices fresh. Our alumni are:
Last update: 14th October, 2019