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What We Are

ALIFFF is the original annual dedicated genre film festival in Phoenix, AZ.

The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival is horror/sci-fi only and part of the Phoenix Film Festival. Phoenix FearCon is horror only and not annual. The Arizona Underground Film Festival is based in Tucson and has just expanded to Phoenix. However we still highly recommend all three of these events.

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 were selected for ALIFFF in 2017 or 2016 by clicking the laurels below:

Where We Are

Our home is the Phoenix Center for the Arts at 1202 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

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 on the middle weekend in October from our very first year, part of the run-up to Hallowe'en.

In 2018, we're running two full days: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th 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 five 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 Reviews, covering the films that most critics don't.


Our graphic artist is Marty Freetage of Freetage Designs. He handles the graphic art for the Phoenix Film Festival, the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, Phoenix FearCon, Phoenix Comicon 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. Check out the amazing awards he's designed and created for us over the past two years in our archives of the 2017 and 2016 festivals.


We change our panel of judges every year to keep choices fresh.

Our 2018 judges are:

Our alumni are:

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Last update: 23rd February, 2018