Announcing the Sixth Annual Apex Film Festival

The annual Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival is returning to sunny Tucson, Arizona on February 22nd, 2020 for its sixth season.

An $8 day pass will get you unlimited access to a red carpet photo shoot, exclusive short films and music videos from around the world, and Q&A panels with filmmakers from across the southwest. Specific programming details will be announced in coming months.

Filmmakers can submit their work through December 22nd.



We hope to see you again in 2020!

Music Video for “Outside” by Daniel Laurent

Touching on salient themes of gun violence, psychological trauma, and racial identity, “Outside” is a nightmarish mirror reflecting our troubled times. Fueled by powerful lyrics, provocative imagery, a meaningful message, and a hopeful ending, “Outside” will stir emotions and light a fire within.

Music video directed by Jeffrey Blake Palmer, an independent filmmaker and an optioned and produced screenwriter based in Providence, Rhode Island.


Apex 2019 in Retrospect

This past weekend was our 5th annual Apex film festival, and it was everything we’d hoped it would be. Keeping in tradition with our name, we screened a day’s worth of independent movies and music videos of the highest caliber. In addition, this marked our first year to include live performances. Award-winning violinist and composer Dr. Immanuel Abraham played on stage in between movies, and Daquan Billions & Co. performed live as their music video played on the silver screen behind them. Many local filmmakers and actors attended, and our furthest traveling guests included a director and an actor from New Jersey, as well as a film enthusiast from New York.

Submissions are now open for next year’s event. Arizona-based filmmakers may use the “Arizona” category when submitting, to take advantage of the discounted rate. Submit online today!

2019 Award Winners

Last night’s audience ballots have been tallied and weighed, and the results are in. Congratulations to our winners! Thanks so much to everyone in our audience for voting.

“Caronte” by Luis Tinoco Pineda of Spain

“Piccola Foglia di Vento” by Giacomo Rossetti of Italy

“Sidewalk Angels” by Paulo Miranda of Brazil

“Transforming Agave” by Bryan Nelson of Arizona

“The Observer” by Eric Flores of Arizona

“The Hurting” by Svavar Knutur of Germany

We’re very proud of the curated selection of films we were able to share this year, and we hope participation in next year’s festival will be just as great. Submissions to the 2020 Apex film festival are now open to short films and music videos under 20 minutes in length. Filmmakers may submit their work here.