Scottsdale Center for the Arts kicks off 15th annual film fest

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host the Nov. 5 opening night screening of the 15th Scottsdale International Film Festival. (Photo by Wen Hang Lin)

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host the Nov. 5 opening night screening of the 15th Scottsdale International Film Festival. (Photo by Wen Hang Lin)

The 15th Scottsdale International Film Festival will showcase 50 films from more than 20 countries during five days and nights of screenings, Nov. 5–9.

Among the diverse offerings are buzz-worthy dramas, thrillers, romances, comedies, documentaries and more.

“For 15 years the Scottsdale International Film Festival has been bringing the best of world cinema to Arizona,” stated Founder and Executive Director Amy Ettinger, in a press release. “As always, our audiences will discover films that are entertaining, inspiring, thought-provoking, relevant and timely. As part of our new collaboration with Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, we have also planned several surprise selections exploring the subjects of music and dance.”

The Scottsdale International Film Festival will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, according to the release. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is at 7380 E. 2nd St.

Daytime programming will include screenings of animated and live-action short films for children. The Film Festival will host a reception that evening celebrating its 15th anniversary, followed by the opening night screening in the Center’s Virginia G. Piper Theater, stated the release.

Following opening night, the Scottsdale International Film Festival will return to its longtime home, Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale, which will host all other screenings, Nov. 6–9.

The complete schedule of films, tickets and VIP passes will be available Oct. 5 through www.ScottsdaleFilmFestival.com.

Founded in 2001, Scottsdale International Film Festival is an annual five-day destination event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe, stated the release. During its 15-year history, the Festival has presented some 450 films – ranging from major Academy Award winners to undiscovered indie gems – to more than 80,000 attendees.

In 2015, the Festival began an innovative new partnership with Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, a division of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council, which enables the organizations to share resources and offer expanded film programming to the community.

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