The fourth annual ALIFFF, the Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival, will take place on its regular weekend, October 12-13, 2019, at its regular venue, the Phoenix Center for the Arts. It’s a genre film festival, covering all the fantastic genres: horror, sci-fi, action, crime, fantasy, etc.

This year’s line-up includes 6 features and 51 shorts. ALIFFF’s 7 sets of short films are more than any other genre film festival in state. Selected films hail from 20 different countries and all non-English language films will be subtitled. Most are premières for Arizona, if not wider. Many filmmakers will be in attendance to take part in Q&As.

Hal C F Astell - Apocalypse Later
Hal C. F. Astell

This year’s judges are Mark Ciccarone, Kevin R. Phipps and Dineta Williams Trigg. Ciccarone is the owner of Blood Bound Books, a genre publishing company. Phipps is a writer, producer and director, as well as an in-demand Meisner acting coach. Williams-Trigg is an actress and director who runs the Night of Misfit Films, a two day film festival focused on films that don’t make it into other festivals.

The panel of judges will choose the winners of the short film awards: Best Horror, Best Sci-Fi and Best Other. The audience will vote for the winner of 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 commissioned from local 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 $50 in advance at the festival website or $60 at the door. They cover entry to all films over the two days. Parking and popcorn are free. Doors open at 10.30am on each day, with the first films at 11.00am.

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Mesa Book Festival – the 14th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Benedictine University
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The Night Before Christmas in a Galaxy Far, Far Away – the 15th, 1:00 pm, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
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Jan 2020

Taiyou Con 2020 – the 3rd, All Day, Mesa Convention Center
Taiyou Con 2020 – the 4th, All Day, Mesa Convention Center
Taiyou Con 2020 – the 5th, All Day, Mesa Convention Center
ProtoAZ – the 10th, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm, MAC6 Park Lane - Manufacturing Space
Winterborn Tabletop Gaming Festival – the 11th, All Day, Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South Mountain
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ProtoAZ – the 12th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, MAC6 Park Lane - Manufacturing Space
Warhammer 40K O.G. Tournament – the 18th, 9:00 am, Imperial Outpost Games
Tempe Public Library FanCon 2020 – the 25th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tempe Public Library

Feb 2020

Arizona Renaissance Festival – the 8th, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Arizona Renaissance Festival
Arizona Renaissance Festival – the 9th, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Arizona Renaissance Festival
International UFO Congress – the 15th, All Day, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
Arizona Renaissance Festival – the 15th, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Arizona Renaissance Festival
International UFO Congress – the 16th, All Day, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
Arizona Renaissance Festival – the 16th, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Arizona Renaissance Festival
International UFO Congress – the 17th, All Day, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
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International UFO Congress – the 18th, All Day, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
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