The Prescott Film Festival (PFF)PFF_Logo_2014_vertical_200x268

Launched: 2009

Multi-Day Festivals: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Next Festival: July 22-26, 2015, Yavapai College, Prescott, Arizona


Primary Contact: Helen Stephenson, Exec. Dir., PO 2731, Prescott, AZ 86302; 928-458-7209

Mission: To provide the community with cultural events that entertain, inspire and inform while supporting independent and critically acclaimed films and filmmakers from around the world

Events Sponsored: An annual multi-day late-July film festival and monthly film screenings (typically 6-10 events spread over 7 months)

Multi-day Festival Includes: 50-60 films shown in two on-campus theaters, 6-to-8 one-hour-long workshops, social events, filmmakers from films being shown. Attendees come and go, choose what they want to attend. Workshops are free; other events are ticketed

Films Selection: Approximately 225 independent (non-studio) films annually rated (over a 4-mth period) to select final Festival slate: 60% received directly from filmmakers; 40% identified by volunteers as being of possible interest. One thousand volunteer hours spent to view/rate/select films that will appeal to the Prescott-area demographic (15-member volunteer team)

Filmmakers: Filmmakers from all selected films are invited to participate at the Festival, giving post film moderated Q&As. Filmmakers are hosted by local hotels or lodged on campus. Usually 50% or more of the films are represented by a filmmaker

Arizona Filmmakers: Particular attention is paid to identify Arizona filmmaker films

High School Filmmakers Annual Film Competition: Introduced at the 2014 annual festival, this will be conducted annually going forward

Key Facts:

  • PFF is a community-driven endeavor
  • all volunteer staff; 125+ volunteers involved
  • 126 local businesses provide in-kind or discounted services
  • 300-500 attendees/monthly event; 1500+ at annual Festival (with number growing rapidly)
  • Festival is a City of Prescott “Signature Event”
  • 7-member Board of Directors is a working board—several hold other volunteer positions
  • Attendee Demographics: 85% Yavapai County residents; 87% over age 50; 72% female
  • PFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Information current 9-05-2014

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