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The fifth annual ALIFFF, the Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival, will take place from October 8-10, 2021 at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. It’s a genre film festival, covering all the fantastic genres: horror, sci-fi, action, crime, fantasy, cult film etc. We were expanding to three days last year but had to cancel because of COVID-19. We’ll be three days this year and ongoing.
This year’s line-up includes 8 features and 63 shorts. ALIFFF’s 11 sets of short films are more than any other genre film festival in state. Selected films hail from 16 different countries; all non-English language films will be subtitled. Most are premières for Arizona and we’re proud to be screening at least six world premières in 2021. Many filmmakers will be in attendance to take part in Q&As.
This year’s judges are Sarah-Anne & Mark Stubbs, Christopher Bradley and Noah Richman. The Stubbses are the Geeks Who Eat and prolific bloggers and podcasters on horror, food and pop culture. Bradley is a noted actor, screenwriter and director who now teaches screenwriting at Arizona State University. Richman is a critic at Slice of Sci-Fi who’s also the President of the Phoenix Fantasy Film Society, the longest running sci-fi/fantasy fandom group in the Phoenix area.
The panel of judges will choose the winners of the short film awards: Best Horror Short, Best Sci-Fi Short and Best Other Short. The audience will vote for Best Feature. The Festival Director’s Award is a special award given by Hal C. F. Astell, the festival’s founder and director. The awards are each one of a kind creations in papier-mâché commissioned from Arizona artist Tom Deadstuff.
Interested parties can find the full line-up of films online at the festival’s website, alfilmfest.com, as well as archives of each previous year.
Full event passes are only $60 in advance at the festival website or $75 at the door. They cover entry to all films over the three days. Parking and popcorn are free. Doors open at 10:30am on each day, with the first films starting at 11:00am.