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Copa Shorts Film Fest 2019

Copa Shorts Film Fest Announces Schedule for February Festival

Posted December 29th, 2017 by shelleygillespie in Festival Update

We have a film festival!  Expect a very rich experience on February 16-18, 2018 at COPA SHORTS FILM FEST, held at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center in Maricopa, Arizona.

Parties, musicians, films, screenplays! With over 65 projects being showcased, films will tease you, intrigue you, scare you, and delight you.

Screenplay table reads offer laughs, provide suspense, document a legend, and present a rip-roaring horror theme. A special $5 ticket will let you enjoy local actors presenting these original screenplays.  Maybe you’ll hear them first, before they become a film!  Hear the reading on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

The films hail from the USA, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Canada, Greece, France, UK, Spain, and the Philippines.  We honor our young filmmakers with showings from local middle and high schools as well as the Ak-Chin Movie Club.  Middle School films shown at Sunday, February 18 during the 1:00 pm school film block, just before High School films.

Our newest film category is a Military Veteran film block that honors the struggles, sacrifices, challenges, and humor of our military veterans.  The films are memorable and demonstrate the excellent of their film craft along with the stories they tell.  Generous sponsors have contributed so, as of this printing, military veterans’ entrance fee is only $3 for the military film block.  Military Veteran Category on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Open to all, but military do receive special rate for this film block only.

Free Workshops – On Saturday, Feb. 17, 3 workshops are available to for filmmakers, and the general public. Advanced Registration required at Eventbrite. See

VIP – To mingle with filmmakers, state and local dignitaries, register now for the VIP Party on Feb. 16, 2018.  Musical entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, an elegant atmosphere, and an opportunity to meet filmmakers, plus industry professionals.  VIP passes available online now or guest passes for just the party. Held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Awards parties – Come cheer for the winners. Music by award-winning Celtic American Indian Arvel Bird, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to learn more about the winning filmmakers. Awards party begins at 7:30 pm at Elements Event Center.

If your time is limited, plan to attend the “Best of the Fest” showing on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The full 2-hour film block will be devoted to the best-rated films shown at the festival.  With a little more time, stay on and enjoy the awards/wrap party with musical entertainment, prizes and surprises.  Purchase tickets now!

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Copa Shorts Film Fest is a 501 (c)(3) not-for- profit.