The 2017 Southern Arizona Film Festival
Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22

The 2017 Festival packs Workshops, Reception, Film Screenings, Industry Panel, Student Film Critique, Keynote by Heather Hale and, of course, the Live-Streamed Awards Ceremony, into two huge Festival Days at Willcox Historic Theater in Willcox, Arizona.


Workshop 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Heather Hale - Bring your industry questions to Heather Hale, director, producer, screenwriter, speaker and consultant. In this free-wheeling session, she will discuss story-telling to delight and emotionally engage audiences, regardless of genre, platform, format, budget – or even experience level. She will also entertain your questions and discuss the pitching process.

Workshop 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Ralph Score - Media Wizard’s Production 101 Workshop – a fun-filled, fast-paced 3 hour session about equipment, techniques, personnel and best practice fundamentals to help you jump into the world of media production. The workshop covers the who, what, why, when and where of video, sound, lighting and editing as used in media production.

Attend both workshops for only $25.00. Each is $15.00 individually. Register at our "Square" ON-line store Square Limited Fee Waivers available – contact to request a waiver.

Reception 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Informal opportunity to rub elbows with our special guests, fellow film-makers, and Festival Directors, and enjoy the free refreshments.

Special Screening 8:00 pm – Learning to Drive is a short film inspired by the true story of a feisty young man with Down syndrome determined to convince his scatterbrained brother to teach him how to drive! It stars award winning actor and self-advocate Connor Long and was filmed almost entirely in Cochise County (more than half was in and around Willcox)! You can learn more about this award winning film at


Master of Ceremonies Saturday’s program will be hosted by Geoff Oldfather,
 Communications & Public Relations Manager, Arizona’s G&T Cooperatives. Geoff joined Arizona G&T Cooperatives in 2009 after 30 years as an award-winning journalist. He worked as a TV news anchor and reporter for CBS and Fox affiliates in Arizona and Florida, and was also a radio talk-show host and a senior correspondent and political columnist with Scripps-Howard newspapers.

Student Films will screen from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, followed by Heather Hale’s Keynote Address, and Panel Discussion by experienced industry production pros. 4:30 brings the student film critique session open to entrants only, at which Heather Hale will discuss her observations of the Festival’s student films.

Indie Films will screen from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Festival Staff will count votes for the Audience Favorites Award, in preparation for the Awards and Recognition Ceremony Live-Streamed on Facebook, starting at 8:30 pm.

Willcox Historic Theater is located at 134 N Railroad Ave in the center of Willcox's Railroad Avenue Historic District. Built in 1937 in the Southwest Art Deco style, it is being restored and operated by the non-profit Willcox Historic Theater Preservation, Inc.

There are five restaurants and four wine-tasting rooms within walking distance of the Theater.

Call 520-766-3335 for more information on the Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival.