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Film lovers will flock to first ever Mesa International Film Festival this weekend!

It’s the first ever Mesa Film Festival this weekend, kicking off Friday through Sunday! The majority of events and films will take place at the Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center Street. In addition, over 125 films from all around the world will be shown in six different venues throughout downtown Mesa! You can see the entire film lineup at

Filmmakers have the opportunity to win cash for entering their movie in the festival and YOU can influence that! Awards will be given Sunday, October 20th. Ten categories including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Short, Best Documentary, and more have a chance to win! Their mission is to create a fun, informative and entertaining event for all. They hope to bring people together by showcasing films from around the globe. Furthermore, creating a platform for filmmakers from all walks of life.

Additionally, the festival will begin with a welcoming party from 7 to 10 p.m. October 17th at the Delta Hotel Phoenix Mesa. The weekend will conclude with an awards brunch from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, October 20, also at the hotel. In between, you can have fun at festival activities at various venues from 10 a.m. October 18th to 2 a.m. October 19th. Also, from 10 a.m. October 19th to 1 a.m. October 20th. Single tickets start at $10. Full-day passes, weekend passes, and VIP weekend passes are also available. Tickets for the welcoming party and the awards brunch are separate. More info at

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.