The Scottsdale International Film Festival returns for its 20th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 6, through Tuesday, Nov. 10, as an online event showcasing 20 curated films to celebrate the milestone.
Continuing to connect audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe, the festival’s user-friendly online schedule allows participants to scroll through the lineup of films to be shown, read full descriptions, and watch movie trailers, according to a press release.
“Going virtual for the 2020 festival was not in anyone’s original plan for celebrating our 20th anniversary, but the safety of our guests and the challenges of holding physical events has made the shift to virtual a good pivot,” said executive director, Amy Ettinger, in a prepared statement.
“I’ll also point out that we made lemonade by programming 20 films for our 20th year as an antidote to 2020!”
The festival offers a personalized event that not only lets participants choose the films they want to watch but also allows them to decide when they want to watch them, the release said, adding customizing their own schedule, the festival-goer’s “digital passport allows armchair traveling to a variety of countries and access to 20 highly-curated films.”
The 2020 anniversary line-up continues the quality of films and programming attendees have come to expect from the Scottsdale International Film Festival with a complete selection of comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers and more.
Audiences will not only be able to enjoy films scheduled. Q&A’s with filmmakers at the end of some of the films are included in the ticket price.
Highlighted films include the dark comedy from Netherlands “Boy Meets Gun”; the BIPOC drama from Canada “Rustic Oracle”; a story of hope from Greece/Spain “Window to the Sea”; and the award-winning documentary “Aulcie” about Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship, detailed the release.
Local author of “Butter,” Erin Jade Lange, whose film is set in Scottsdale, highlights what is described as a whimsical and humorous look at a high-schooler named Butter who is about to make history live on the Internet, and everyone is invited to watch, the release said.
Pass and multi-ticket discount package sales end on Nov. 5. Only individual film tickets will be sold start. Nov. 6.
To learn more about the Scottsdale International Film Festival, film line-up and featured screenings, special guests and ticket information, visit ScottsdaleFilmFestival.com.