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About ALIFFF

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What We Are

ALIFFF is the only annual dedicated genre-based film festival in the fifth largest city in the United States: 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 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 film at Apocalypse Later, reviewing the films that most critics don't.

Artists

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.

Judges

We change judges every year to keep choices fresh. Our alumni are:

James A. Lee (2017), an Arizona media and event producer who directed the Filmstock Film Festival from 2012-2016.

Jim McLennan (2016), the co-founder of Phoenix FearCon who also runs the Trash City and Girls with Guns blogs.

Victor Moreno (2016), the founder of Cult Classics and Monster Market and the host of the Cult Following podcast.

Toni Ross (2016), the founder and director of the Jerome 89A Indie Film & Music Festival.

David Stipes (2017), a VFX artist with two Primetime Emmys and 40 years of experience in visual effects and animation, including 12 running his own studio.

Chris Wilembrecht (2017), a writer and producer, a VP at Maxim Media Marketing and a core member of the Cult Film in Review podcast.




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