The City of Maricopa, located in South Central Arizona, started as a stagecoach stop and then became a train junction (Maricopa Wells) for over a century. Incorporated as a city in 2003 with a 2000 census count of 1,040 population, Maricopa’s population has mushroomed to nearly 50,000 today, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
Maricopa is the only U.S. city located between two Indian Communities, the Ak-Chin Indian Community and the Gila River Indian Community, so, it is only fitting that a short film category is reserved for Native American stories submitted by Indian Community members.
Okay, sure it’s the desert… so it must be super-hot, all of the time. WRONG!
We decided NOT to have our festival in July for a very good reason… it’s SUPER HOT! So, we are asking you here in February when the temperatures range in the 50s-70s.
Join us in February, 2018 for Copa Shorts Film Fest. And, unlike in much of the United States at that time of year, you might want to bring your sunscreen.
So where exactly is Maricopa, Arizona?
According to internet map programs, Maricopa (more specifically our festival venue, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, 16000 North Maricopa Road is:
36.8 Miles / 44 minutes south from the geographic center of downtown Phoenix. As 99.99% of our attendees do not physically live on the corner of Central Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, that’s just a benchmark!
Joining us for the festival?
Hotel rooms are scarce in Maricopa – so
We’ve reserved a special rate for those coming to COPA SHORTS FILM FEST!
BEST WESTERN PLUS CHANDLER
At the new, Best Western Plus Chandler Hotel & Suites, 7101 West Sundust Road, Chandler Arizona 85226, 19 miles and 25 minutes away from UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.
Contact the hotel directly to book your room at (520) 796-1350.
Ask for the COPA SHORTS Group Rate – good from February 16-February 18, 2018.
Rooms – Rate – TBA – accommodates 4 people; Suites – Rate – TBA- accommodates 6 people, includes full kitchen
Free hot breakfast is included.
HARRAH’S AK-CHIN RESORT & CASINO
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort & Casino in Maricopa, adjacent to UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, is a full service resort hotel. (Due to current construction/expansion of the facilities, please contact the hotel directly for availability.)
HOW TO GET HERE FROM THERE…
Whether you’re driving your own car if you live in the region or picking up a rental at the airport, you might need some directions to:
UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle – 16000 North Maricopa Road – Maricopa, Arizona
- From Phoenix (45 Minutes): I-10 E (to Tucson), exit 164 (AZ-347 S) also known as North John Wayne Parkway/Maricopa Road – Drive through the city of Maricopa on AZ-347 (going 2 miles past the railroad crossing). On the right is the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center; Harrah’s Hotel/Casino complex.
- From Tucson (1:45 Hours): I-10 W and I-8 W to AZ-84 E in Pinal County. Take exit 151 from I-8 W -Follow AZ-84 E and AZ-347 N to UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle (16000 North Maricopa Road.)
- From San Diego (5 Hours): I-8, exit 151 (SR 84) northeast to SR 347, N. John Wayne Parkway. Head north 11 miles until you reach Harrah’s Hotel/Casino and the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.
Although the Phoenix area has two airports, Sky Harbor International has the most diversity of carriers. There are direct flights from Canada, Mexico and even London, England. In any case, you can get to Phoenix within one or two stops with the airlines below.
41 min – 33.5 mi. to UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
Airlines serving PHX: Air Canada Rouge – Alaska Airlines – American Airlines – American Eagle – Boutique Air – British Airways – Delta Air Lines – Delta Connection – Frontier Airlines – Great Lakes Airlines – Hawaiian Airlines – JetBlue Airways – Southwest Airlines – Spirit Airlines – Sun Country Airlines – United Airlines – United Express – Volaris – WestJet
Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport (Mesa, AZ)
47 min – 42 mi. to UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
Airline: Allegiant Airlines – WestJet (Seasonal)
Ak-Chin Regional Airport (Maricopa)
17 min. – 10.5 mi. to UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
Have your own small plane or know someone who does? Make a flight plan to join us in Maricopa.
The majority of the aircraft utilizing the airport are single engine and multi-engine piston aircraft. But, if you have access to a helicopter they won’t turn you away.
Maricopa has one of only four stations in southern Arizona where Amtrak makes a stop. So, if riding the rails is something you enjoy or you would like to try, you have three chances a week. Visit: Amtrak
Amtrak (Sunset Limited) Los Angeles to New Orleans
Amtrak (Texas Eagle) Chicago to Los Angeles Connecting in San Antonio to the Sunset Limited
If you fly in to either Phoenix or Mesa, rental cars are available (Sky Harbor currently has 14 vendors to choose from and Mesa has 4).