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Copa Shorts Film Fest 2019


Welcome to Copa Shorts Film Fest


THANK YOU to everyone who submitted their projects for 2019 Copa Shorts Film Fest!  We’re making final decisions about whose films will be the weekend’s featured shorts. On December 22nd, we’ll be notifying those chosen for showcasing.

In 2019, CSFF debuts


Middle and High School filmmakers from around the county and around the world are the focus.  CSSFF is held at the first-class Maricopa High School’s state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center in Maricopa, Arizona on February 23, 2019, invite your friends, family, and other film aficionados to enjoy your film on a big screen.  All filmmakers chosen for the festival will share their filmmaking experience with the audience in a Q & A.

You will have the opportunity to meet, mingle, and learn as we offer free educational seminars for attendees with professional filmmakers who share their expertise.  Food trucks with fun choices will be available.

Then, we end the day with music and a party to celebrate the winners – and everyone who was showcased.

On Sunday, February 24th, Copa Shorts Film Fest moves to Maricopa City Hall where films from around the world will be shown. The afternoon of short films includes College, Military Veteran, Native American, comedy, animation, drama, documentary, foreign, sci-fi, and horror films.

An awards party follows with music, mingling and a chance to meet others in the film industry.

Submit your film to – and plan your trip to Arizona!

February in Arizona is perfect weather – and the only thing you’ll need to shovel is sunshine!

Copa Shorts Film Fest – our mission: to make a magical experience for filmmakers.  And, create a community event that entertainments. Young filmmakers learn about a lucrative career that can fulfill dreams!

Copa Shorts Film Fest in Year 3 – The third year could be the charm for you!



From the Feb. 16, 2018 VIP Party through the whole weekend of films, events, workshops, and parties, Copa Shorts Film Fest attendees had a great time!

Friday’s VIP Party featured Brian Hammill’s Native Spirit setting the tone for a terrific meet and mingle with Matthew Earl Jones, Director of Arizona’s Film and Digital Media Office, chatting with everyone about the film industry in Arizona.

Everyone who attended came away with a powerful, moving message – from the learning opportunities for a film or screenwriting career, and the possibilities for a community event that showcases the best and brightest local talent, as well as projects from around the world.

Saturday morning, 3 free workshops provided learning opportunities for filmmakers, attendees and community members to gain expertise in filmmaking:

  • Drones with cinematographer Steve Wargo
  • Film Funding with Entertainment Attorney Stephen Wade Nebgen
  • What Arizona Can Do for Filmmakers with Matthew Earl Jones

Starting at noon on Saturday, films were shown in 2-hour film blocks. Any filmmaker who attended was invited to be part of a Q & A.

At 11:00 am on Sunday, the schedule included films, middle and high school films, a screenplay table read coordinated by Cynthia Morgan, a full 2-hours of film with “Best of the Fest” attendees voting for the Audience Choice Award.

And, the Sunday night Wrap/Awards Party with entrancing music by Arvel Bird provided a setting for the awards.  Mayor Christian Price served as emcee.  Jason Isaak, President of the Arizona Production Association, presented opportunities for a career in film in Arizona.

Special thanks to Gina D’Abella who spent countless hours developing the screen slides, recruiting and coordinating the volunteers, and organizing the onsite services and Silent Auction.

And, an extra thank you to Andrew McAleavey who stepped in to photograph our event!

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, sponsored, submitted films and screenplays, and worked to create the 2018 festival!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Onward to 2019!

Suggestions gladly welcomed to make 2019 even better.

Shelley & Roger

Festival Directors




Please consider donating to our film festival!

GO TO “Donate to Copa Shorts Film Fest” via this PayPal link.

It takes the support of many people to make a film festival run. And, what do you get for that generosity?

An opportunity to do good –

  • Maybe give a troubled youth a productive new path
  • Provide an inspired filmmaker a chance to be recognized and launch a career
  • Give a forum for a fledging screenwriter to have his/her work seen and heard
  • Draw a community together
  • An Excellent Event

And a tax deduction because we’re a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit where your contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the IRS laws.

Please be generous!  We need donations to allow us to continue our year-round programming, including free workshops for community members and students.



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