Passes and Ticket Packages for the 2021 Festival
will be on sale Dec. 7, 2020

27th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 20-28, 2021


Sedona International Film Festival will blend live, virtual elements into a scaled-down, safety-governed 27th festival


The 27th annual Sedona International Film Festival will combine both live and virtual film experiences underscored by strict CDC safety protocols in a scaled-down but still incredibly entertaining 9-day immersion into all things independent film from Feb. 20-28, 2021.


It still means a diverse range of full-length features, shorts, documentaries and foreign films sure to have something for everyone. It also means health and safety protocols and social distancing applied to every aspect of the Festival.


“The coronavirus pandemic has changed our world on so many levels,” said Festival Director Pat Schweiss. “We have spent many, many hours rethinking and reconfiguring how we operate the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on a daily basis and the annual Sedona International Film Festival as we navigate this uncharted territory. Our mission remains to provide a diverse lineup of entertaining and thoughtful films and a great overall experience, but we want a safe experience. Our focus is squarely on the entertainment, health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, filmmakers and the City of Sedona.”


The 27th Festival will screen fewer films (between 80 and 100 compared with the usual 170-plus) in theaters arranged for social distancing and where masks will be required. Films will be scheduled at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and the two largest theaters at Harkins 6 to enable limited seating and appropriate distancing.


Three screening committees are currently reviewing more than 1,000 film submissions. New this year, the festival has added a screenwriting competition attracting new scripts from around the world.


Additional modifications to the Festival this year:
• Films will be scheduled for in-person, theater-based screenings as well as online.
• To eliminate waiting lines and congregating at the theaters, pass holders and individual ticket buyers will be able to choose their seats. Staggered start times will allow filmgoers to move directly to their seats when the doors open.
• Virtual Screening Passes will be offered to anyone who would prefer to watch films from the comfort of their homes.
• Masks will be required in all venues and staff and volunteers will have their temperature taken every shift.
• Northern Arizona Healthcare professionals will be on site to monitor safety protocols and be available to answer questions.
• There will be no VIP Lounge this year or a Media Room for filmmaker interviews. Filmmaker live and pre-recorded interviews will be arranged and streamed on Sedona International Film Festival social media platforms and its live-streaming program.
• A scaled down Festival-ending awards brunch will be live streamed “so that we can still honor the filmmakers and screenwriters for their work,” Schweiss said.
• A contingency plan is in place to transition to full a 100-percent digital Festival “should the progress of the pandemic require that action,” he said.


Schweiss said that filmmaker workshops will be offered both on-site — with attendance limited and social distancing in place — and online. A full schedule of workshops will be available in February.


He added that “we still plan to honor specific filmmakers and actors with Lifetime Achievement Awards.”


“We are moving with an abundance of caution and an equal abundance of excitement because we are seeing some incredible films coming our way,” Schweiss said.


Platinum All-Access Passes and Gold Passes will offer unlimited films for in-person live and virtual viewing. In addition, for the first time, Virtual Screening Passes be offered. Both will go on sale in December with Early Bird Discounts. Single tickets go on sale Feb. 1 on a first come, first served basis. There will be no 10-and-20 ticket packages this year “because, given the reduced seat capacity in each theater, we can’t guarantee seats will be available if the theaters reach capacity.”


The complete lineup of films will be available early in 2021.


For more information, please call 928-282-1177.


SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES … either in-person or virtually!




Call or visit our Film Festival Box Office
for personal assistance in placing your order.
(928) 282-1177, ext. 14
2030 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite A3
Sedona, AZ 86336

Main Festival Theatre Venue:
2081 W. Hwy. 89A in Sedona

Additional screenings:
at Sedona Red Rock High School