Loft Film Fest 2015

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Celebrating its sixth year in 2015, The Loft Film Fest (located in beautiful Tucson, Arizona) is dedicated to showcasing the best independent, foreign and classic films, as well as celebrating the work of established and emerging directors, writers, producers and actors. The Loft Film Fest, through its eclectic and diverse programming, aims not only to expand the audience for cinema that challenges, inspires and entertains, but also to honor those artists whose talent and passion bring that cinema to life.

This year’s Lofty Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Rita Moreno and Alfonso Arau! 

Friday, October 23 at 6:00pm: Rita Moreno will be here in person for a special screening of West Side Story. Get tickets here 

Director/Actor Alfonso Arau will join us for a special screening of Like Water For Chocolate and we’ll have a special free outdoor screening of Three Amigos, in which he plays El Guapo!

Saturday, October 24 at 7:00pm: We’re excited to welcome back Oscar-winners Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, who will present a special 10th anniversary screening of Brokeback Mountain. Get tickets here

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00pm: The fest kicks off on October 21 with a Back to the Future Part 1 & 2 double feature (October 21, 2015 is the date they go to in BTTF 2), with live ’50s music, dancing, food and a photo-op with an actual DeLorean! Fashions from 1955, 1985 and 2015 will be featured by Buffalo Exchange, our opening night sponsor. Get tickets here

Tickets to all of the individual films in the fest will go on sale once we finalize the schedule.


Described by Filmmaker Magazine as being “geared truly toward cinephiles of nearly every stripe,” and praised for its “phantasmagorical programming … and astute choice of guests,” The Loft Film Fest was created in 2010 as a showcase for the very best independent, foreign and classic cinema. For five days in October, The Loft Film Fest provides an intimate and unique setting for film fans to experience hand-selected festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, etc., and to meet internationally-renowned artists from the world of independent cinema.

Special guests of The Loft Film Fest have included acclaimed contemporary filmmakers such as Carlos Reygadas, Alex Cox, Chris Eyre, Larry McMurtry, Don Coscarelli, The Zellner Brothers, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kirby Dick and Richard Kelly; celebrated actors including Bruce Dern, Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Jon Lovitz and Udo Kier; and industry legends such as Roger Corman, recipient of the 2012 “Lofty Lifetime Achievement Award.”

The Loft Film Fest, produced by the award-winning, non-profit Loft Cinema (a member of the Sundance Art House Project and named “Best Movie Theatre in Tucson” by readers of the Tucson Weekly every year since 2003), is fiercely committed to continuing its tradition of bringing world-class film festival programming to Tucson, connecting audiences with artists and celebrating the unique spirit of independent cinema.


Festival Executive Director PEGGY JOHNSON Festival Directors J.J. GIDDINGS | JEFF YANC Managing Director ZACH BRENEMAN Festival Programming Consultant MIKE PLANTE Associate Programmer JONATHAN KLEEFELD Art Director MATT MCCOY  Director of Education & Engagement SHAWNA DACOSTA Director of Theatre Operations JASON DENHOLM Assistant Managers KYLE CANFIELD | RAY BORBOA | PEDRO ROBLES | BRENDA RODRIGUEZ

Download the 2014 Loft Film Fest program

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