The Scottsdale International Film Festival, a yearly eight-day event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe, is returning for its 21st year, kicking off opening night on Friday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harkins Shea 14 Theatres.
The in-person festival will open with “Julia,” a film that traces Julia Child's 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star.
On Tuesday, Nov 9th the in-person portion of the festival will close with Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” a coming-of-age drama set during the tumult of late-1960s Northern Ireland. The film follows young Buddy as he navigates a landscape of working-class struggle, sweeping cultural changes, and sectarian violence.
The festival will continue virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Nov. 12 where 16 of the 22 in-person films will be available to stream on on-demand.
“The pandemic showed us that there are legions of people who will stream from home and who appreciate not having to attend in-person,” festival director Amy Ettinger stated in the release. “The festival’s streaming platform is also indispensable as an accessibility option.”
Tickets for the opening night may be purchased online starting Friday, Oct. 8 at ScottsdaleFilmFestival.com. Single tickets are $15 to $20, and the VIP pass and discount packages range from $35 to $279.
The complete 2021 festival schedule will be announced on Oct. 8 and features a curated selection of new, award-winning, comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers and more.
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for admission to all in-person festival films. Negative tests will not be accepted for admission.
To learn more about the Scottsdale International Film Festival, featured screenings and ticket information, visit ScottsdaleFilmFestival.com.