SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, International, International Exchange

Location: 619 E Vista Ave Phoenix AZ 85020 USA

Mission: The Scottsdale International Film Festival is a destination event and catalyst for connecting diverse filmmakers from around the world with film lovers in a fresh, thought-provoking, and enduring community of support.
Target demographics: Adults 25-64
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,0000
Geographic areas served: Metropolitan Scottsdale/Phoenix

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The festival has consistently had a very good selection of films, year after year. It is very well run and the experience of all involved shows.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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As a life-long film buff, I initially started attending SIFF when it first began in 2001, just a few weeks following "9/11"-- amazing that it not only got off the ground, but was well-attended, and started a buzz in the Valley. The Festival has grown immensely, as regards the numbers of attendees and films, and therefore had the need to move to a larger venue to accommodate all. It is sheer pleasure to be part of this whole organization. I have been a volunteer since the 2nd year, and I will continue to support the wonderful world that Amy Ettinger has brought to this corner of the globe.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Are you kidding? How does one improve perfection?

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I go to several film festivals each year. I look forward to going to the Scottsdale Film Festival because I can see a lot of good films in a short time. I get a pass so that makes it more convenient to to attend the wide selection of films offered. It is a fun time. We see folks from previous years that attended the films----and can talk about what we have seen.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I moved to Phoenix 4 years ago and immediately became aware of the Scottsdale International Film Festival through Harkins Theaters; being retired it is my great joy to go to any movie I want on opening day ~ and upon checking into The Festival's website, I realized here was the place to see movies at the earliest possible time, even before opening! And all year round, with the sneak peek opportunities they had for the community! I attended the Festival with ‘guest’ tickets the first year, and seeing the great selections, simply joined. Throughout the year, and especially at the Festival, this is the organization that offers the best of movies there’d be no chance to see otherwise.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

For an urban area the size of Phoenix, there are very few venues showing diverse and quality international and independent film. The Scottsdale Film Festival fills that void with a long weekend highlighting diversity in films that never cease to provoke discussion. The feeling that comes from watching films with a large, like-minded crowd cannot be matched. The festival is well run and my only problem with is is that it only comes around once a year. I'd love to see it do more special events throughout the rest of the year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more films programmed throughout the year. Twelve months is too long to wait.

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A lot

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended every Scottsdale International Film Festival since the beginning as a pass holder. I also attend the Telluride Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival each year. All three festivals provide fine selections of films and we enjoy attending all three. One area in which the Scottsdale International Film Festival far exceeds the other two festivals is it's accessibility to the public. The Festival Director selects a wide range of films with an emphasis on excellent international films that have great stories and provide a glimpse of other cultures. Additionally, there are always some films that raise awareness of important social, environmental, or economic issues here in the United States. The passes and individual tickets are reasonably priced, the Director is careful not to oversell passes or tickets, the lines and time waiting in line are very short compared to other festivals, and the volunteers and staff are friendly and helpful. Consequently, this is a fun, enjoyable festival to attend. The last two years, I have been a member of the Scottsdale Film Forum and have enjoyed seeing some outstanding films throughout the year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any needed changes at this time. Over the years, the Director has been very responsive to attendee comments and has made a number of changes to improve the festival experience. The most important has been the selection of Ted Kirby as Festival Manager. Since Ted has been on board, the festival has been proceeded professionally and efficiently.

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Definitely

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A lot

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with the Scottsdale International Film Festival since 2009, and have enjoyed watching it's sure and steady growth. The festival is one of the most anticipated events on the Scottsdale arts calendar, and is a wonderful resource for film lovers all across Arizona. The festival is incredibly well organized and executed, and delivers for both attendees and those who volunteer! The festival outgrew it's original theatre in 2011, and now offers and even bigger and better venue to showcase films from around the world. The Scottsdale International Film Festival is a true gem!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See that it grew steadily and expanded its staff, offerings and influence!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having worked alongside Scottsdale International Film Festival for almost a decade, I can attest that the festival is one of the most organized I've been involved with. With a detail oriented team, and a dedication to making it even better each year, Scottsdale International Film Festival has set an exemplary example for how good festivals should be run. Supporting this worthy cause helps promote the arts, film, community and keeps a long-standing tradition growing.

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Likely

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A lot

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Definitely

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2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This is definitely one of my favorite arts events of the year. I have attended for several years and go from one movie to another - I know any film I attend will be wonderful because the festival is so perfectly curated. My only regret is that I have to select films and can't see them all. The festival offers a range of emotional experiences, but each film is always excellent and thought-provoking. SIFF provides an opportunity for the Valley to see films that they may not see be able to see otherwise - there are also some that will hit the theaters a few months down the road, but the festival attendees saw it way ahead of the pack. This festival is a must attend!

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Definitely

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I continue to volunteer for the SIFF because it is a true gem. Very well run. The festival director is extremely knowledgeable and year after year puts on an incredible festival. This festival is truly an international event with something for everyone, every time! I wouldn't miss it!!! And if you're anywhere near Scottsdale in early October, you shouldn't either!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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