The Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running and largest film festival in Arizona, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year and will run from April 1 to 20 at exhibition venues throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.

The festival theme of Bridging Cultures provides a way for independent cinema to share images and voices of diverse cultures with Arizona communities. Since 1990, the Arizona International Film Festival has screened 1,860 films from 80 countries to 120,000 patrons of all ages.

With support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the festival will tour programs to other Arizona communities, including SaddleBrooke, Arivaca and Patagonia as well as a tour stop at Alamos, Mexico.

In conjunction with The Art Institute of Tucson, the festival will schedule a three-day film summit for filmmakers to discuss the state of the industry and learn more about writing, producing and composing music for film. The film summit will take place April 8-10 at The Art Institute of Tucson.

Other programs to be featured at this year’s festival include:

• The Reel Frontier, a juried program celebrating the rich diversity of storytelling and technique in narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films from around the world.

• 20 Years of Independents, a showcase of past festival films that have impacted Arizona audiences.

• Cine Chicano, a selection of works by established and emerging producers who are contributing to the growth of Chicano cinema.

• Cine Sin Fronteras, an examination through cinema of the issues of border, immigration and communities.

• Premiere Showcase, featuring contemporary international cinema.

• Cine Español, a collection of contemporary films from Spain.

• From the Archives, restored and newly discovered films from past decades.

• IndieYouth, works designed for young audiences.

• Festival-in-the-Schools, an introduction of the art and passion of film to students in the classroom.

• Movies at Midnite, edgy films for the late-night crowd.

• The Music Café, late-night concerts by indie musicians.

The Arizona International Film Festival is a project of the Arizona Media Arts Center and is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Art Institute of Tucson and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

For more festival information, email reelfrontier@yahoo.com or visit www.filmfestivalarizona.com.

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