Support the Arts. Promote Your Business.

Gila Valley Film Festival is a film festival for microbudget and student filmmakers. We started GVFF to provide an opportunity for independent filmmakers to showcase their work and to bring new cultural offerings to the Gila Valley.

GVFF is partnering with the Safford Spring Festival on Main Street in Safford, Arizona on Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd. These two events will provide seemless entertainment and culture up and down historic Main Street. Festival attendees will be able to walk from film screenings, food trucks, live entertainment, vendors, and wine tastings. This is going to be a great cultural event for the Gila Valley and a great opportunity to promote your business.

An International Film FEstival IN THE GILA VALLEY

In 2022, we received over 185 submissions from more than 30 countries making this a truly international film festival.

competition categories

We are accepting film submissions in 9 categories:

Student Films

  • Arizona Student Films
  • United States Student Films
  • International Student Films

Short Films

  • Arizona Short Films
  • United States Short Films
  • International Short Films

Feature Films

  • Arizona Feature Films
  • United States Feature Films
  • International Feature Films


In addition to the Best of Festival award, we will be giving out 12 awards:

Student Film awards

  • Best Arizona Student Film
  • Best United States Student Film
  • Best International Student Film
  • Audience Award for Best Student Film

short film awards

  • Best Arizona Short Film
  • Best United States Short Film
  • Best International Short Film
  • Audience Award for Best Short Film

feature film awards

  • Best Arizona Feature Film
  • Best United States Feature Film
  • Best International Feature Film
  • Audience Award for Best Feature Film


We are currently seeking sponsors to provide:

  1. Financial Support
  2. Services for Award Winners
  3. Products for Award Winners


We are offering the following benefits for your support:


  • 2 two-day tickets for the festival
  • A post on our social media accounts thanking you for your support
  • Your business advertisement on the festival website
  • List your business with other festival sponsors


  • All benefits listed above, plus …
  • More tickets
  • Display your business logo on a banner at the festival


  • All benefits listed above, plus …
  • Your business advertisement/commercial played before and between screenings at the festival

$5,000 - NAME AN AWARD

  • All benefits listed above, plus …
  • The opportunity to name an award after your business and to present the award during the award ceremony at the festival. For example, Best Arizona Feature Film Presented by “Your Business Name.”


  • All benefits listed above, plus …
  • Become the presenting sponsor for the festival. For example, Gila Valley Film Festival Presented by “Your Business Name.”

Let's talk!

If you are interested in sponsoring the Gila Valley Film Festival or you just have some questions, please contact us and we’ll be glad to set up a meeting with you. Thank you for your interest in this great event.

You can call me (Jacob) directly at (330) 671-8943 or email me using the link below: