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Copa Shorts Film Fest 2019


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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 we include short films of Native American stories submitted by Tribal Nation members throughout the United States and Canada.


Join us in February, 2019 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?

Maricopa is located 33 Miles / 40 minutes south of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and 100 Miles / 1:45 northwest of Tucson

For 2019 we will be presenting films in two different venues. Our festival venues for 2019 are located at:

SATURDAY (Student Film Festival): Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center at 45012 W Honeycutt Ave

SUNDAY (Mixed Genre & Best of the Fest): Maricopa City Hall at 39700 W Civic Center Plaza


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Joining us for the festival?



Best Western Plus Chandler Hotel & Suites, 7101 West Sundust Road, Chandler Arizona 85226 is 19 miles and 25 minutes away from Maricopa.

Contact the hotel directly to book your room at (520) 796-1350.

Rooms – accommodates 4 people;  Suites – accommodates 6 people, includes full kitchen

Free hot breakfast is included. Tell them you’re booking for Copa Shorts Film Fest 2019.



Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort & Casino in Maricopa, is a full service resort hotel.



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:

Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center

  • 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 1 mile past the railroad crossing).  At the first light turn right. The Performing Arts Center is about 100 yards on the right (Parking is free).
  • 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 then AZ-347 N 12.5 miles to Honeycutt Avenue. Turn left. The Performing Arts Center is about 100 yards on the right (Parking is free).
  • From San Diego (5 Hours): I-8, exit 151 (SR 84) northeast to SR 347, N. John Wayne Parkway. Head north 12.5 miles to Honeycutt Avenue. Turn left. The Performing Arts Center is about 100 yards on the right (Parking is free).


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.


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

37 min – 32 mi. to Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

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)

45 min – 41 mi. to Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Airline: Allegiant Airlines – WestJet (Seasonal)


Ak-Chin Regional Airport (Maricopa)

17 min. – 11 mi. to Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

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


Rental Cars

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).