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Prescott Film Festival Brings the World into Focus

Prescott Film Festival Brings the World into Focus 

Local angles & international stories share the screen, Sept. 27- Oct. 2 at YCPAC

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A look at the latest innovations in filmmaking; events that blend on-screen stories with real-time community outreach; and movies that share people from the other side of the world, and issues as close as smoke on the horizon. Bring your love of all things cinematic, your capacity for amazement, and perhaps even a little pomade to the 12th Edition of the Prescott Film Festival, Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. 

Bigger, better, and more diverse than ever, the 2022 Prescott Film Festival rolls into town with an enticing combination of on-screen excellence, industry talkbacks and activities that bond the community through a shared love of film.

“We’re very excited about the Festival this year,” PFF Director and Yavapai College Film & Media Arts Director Helen Stephenson said. “It’s a terrific blend of great films, great ideas and events that let you celebrate it all. I’m especially grateful for all the volunteers who continue to help us create this beautiful community event.”

The Prescott Film Festival leads with a diverse collection of movies that span the breadth of world cultures while demonstrating the common thread of humanity running through each. This year’s slate of 25+ films includes iMordecai, a charming Judd Hirsch-Carol Kane comedy about flip phones and personal discovery; Full Time, the French story of a single mother balancing children, job and dreams in a transit strike; Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, the funny, heartfelt story of a young shell’s search for his family; and the incredibly timely documentary Elemental: Reimagining Our Relationship with Wildfire, realigns policy, scientific and cultural approaches to natural disaster.

For its twelfth edition, the Prescott Film Festival has created an eclectic array of film-related events headlined by the Riverboat Bash, a seafaring-themed soiree of hors d’oeuvres, wine, and spirits in the Sculpture Garden, followed by PFF’s traditional Silent Symphony, which adds live orchestrations to a screening of Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. The PFF also welcomes filmmaker Sean Cistera for a special screening of his breathtaking Canada-to-Brazil-by-horseback odyssey The Long Rider. This year’s PFF includes “The Manhattan Short Film Festival,” where local audiences see, and vote on, competitors for the Oscar’s Best Short Subject categories. And Grease is the word once more, with a live sing-along to the classic 1978 movie musical. Audiences are encouraged to slick that hair, break out the poodle skirts, and join John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in song.

Yavapai College’s Film & Media Arts program always manages to drop a host of informative talkbacks between the celebrations and entertainment. This year is no exception: “We Have a Film Tax-Credit (What Does That Mean?)” filmmaker Greg Paul examines the new incentives Arizona will offer film crews for location shooting, and what that it means for the future of movies here. “How to Create a Trailer that Tells a Story,” filmmaker Greg Kupiec details the formula for a compelling movie-style preview that draws eyes to your creative project; and in “Livin’ the Life: From Creation to Distribution Deals,” veteran filmmaker Levi Holiman describes the process of bringing a great idea through the camera lens and out into movie houses.

Screenings and major events will be held at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon Street, in Prescott. The Prescott Film Festival offers a variety of ticket packages – from a $282 Platinum Pass Experience, with reserve seating at all films and access to the VIP Director’s Loft – to an All-Film Pass ($177) and a Ten-Ticket Discount Pass at $100. Individual events are $14 general admission, with a 50% discount for students. The Silent Symphony and Silent Symphony Riverboat Package are $27 and $52, respectively. Tickets are available online or at the YCPAC Ticket Office, open Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Film trailers and a full festival schedule are also available on the Prescott Film Festival website, For more information on the Prescott Film Festival, please call: (928) 776.2000, email: or visit us online at:

2022 Prescott Film Festival

Daily Schedule

  • Tuesday, September 27
    • 7 p.m. – Opening feature: iMordecai; short: Living Music
    • 9:30 p.m. – Afterparty onstage
  • Wednesday, September 28
    • 2:30 p.m. – Film talk: “We Have a Film Tax-Credit! (What Does That Mean?)” with Greg Paul
    • 4 p.m. – Feature: Full-Time; short: American Dream
    • 7 p.m. – Feature: The Long Rider
  • Thursday, September 29
    • 2:30 p.m. – Film talk: “Trailers Aren’t Just for Movies Anymore” with Greg Kupiec
    • 4 p.m. – Feature: Cat Daddies; short: Catastrophe
    • 7 p.m. – The Manhattan Short Film Festival
  • Friday, September 30
    • 2:30 p.m. – Film talk: “Livin’ the Production Life: From Creation to Distribution Deals” presented by Levi Holiman
    • 4 p.m. – Feature: Elemental: Reimagining Our Relationship with Wildfire; short: Voices of the Grand Canyon
    • 7 p.m. – Feature: Chess Story; short: The Invisibles
  • Saturday, October 1
    • 10 a.m. – Feature: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On; short: Proud Hooligan
    • 1 p.m. – Grease Sing-along
    • 4 p.m. – Feature: The Long Rider; short (after feature): Kanymda Kumiss
    • 7 p.m. – Feature: Run Woman Run; short: Launch
  • Sunday, October 2
    • 1 p.m. – FMA Student Films
    • 2 p.m. – “Riverboat Bash” (Spirits, wine, and food in the Sculpture Garden)
    • 4 p.m. – Silent Symphony: Steamboat Bill, Jr. (with Buster Keaton)
    • 6 p.m. – Closing Party onstage


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