Mesa International Film Festival Returns to Downtown Mesa for the Fourth Year
By Claire Natale -
Wednesday Oct 25, 2023
The Mesa International Film Festival is returning to Downtown Mesa for its fourth year Oct. 26-29, hosted by Visit Mesa and Amazon. Throughout the weekend, filmmakers and attendees will gather for film screenings, specialty presentations by guest speakers and networking events.
“This event welcomes filmmakers around the world to celebrate in Downtown Mesa,” said Troy Kotsur, Oscar Award Winner. “The festival creates an environment to socialize and enjoy a variety of films – there’s truly something here for everyone.”
On Thursday, Oct. 26, the Mesa International Film Festival will kick off with a VIP party to welcome attendees. The event will take place at Mesa Delta Hotel from 7-10 p.m. The festival will continue throughout the weekend with more than 150 screenings of films from across the globe and specialty presentations by guest speakers at ASU’s MIX Center. On Friday, Oct. 27, there will be a screening of Barbie, followed by ASU alumni and 2nd Editor of the film, Nick Ramirez, discussing his experience while working on set. Additionally, Oscar winner and Mesa native, Troy Kostur, returns to present a special screening of To My Father. This year, the festival is partnering with Mesa Parks to host an outdoor screening of Monsters Inc. at Mesa City Center on Saturday, Oct. 28. Valley residents are encouraged to arrive early and bring blankets for the viewing. Additionally, the festival will culminate with an Awards Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 29.
“We’re thrilled to welcome filmmakers and movie fanatics from around the world to take part in this unforgettable event,” said Nancy Hormann, president of the Downtown Mesa Association. “Valley residents are invited to join us and partake in all of the festivities.”
Filmmaker networking events will be held throughout the weekend at local businesses in downtown Mesa, including Chupacabra Taproom, 12 West, Organic Bean Company and Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea and Gallery. Tickets and/or badges are required to attend the festival and can be purchased online or at the event’s on-site Box Office. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://mesainternationalfilmfestival.com/.
For more details on Downtown Mesa and to stay updated on future openings, events and developments, visit downtownmesa.com/ or follow on Facebook and Instagram at @DowntownMesa.
About Downtown Mesa Association
The Downtown Mesa Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the beneficial economic growth and business development of downtown Mesa, the city’s central business district and original square-mile townsite. We accomplish this through policy development, advocacy, and program management functions conducted on behalf of downtown property and business owners, and in cooperation with public and other private-sector partners. For more information, please visit https://downtownmesa.com/.