Loft Film Fest 2021


Celebrating its eleventh year in 2021, the Loft Film Fest is dedicated to showcasing the best independent, foreign and classic films, as well as celebrating the work of established and emerging directors, writers, producers and actors. The Loft Film Fest, through its eclectic and diverse programming, aims not only to expand the audience for cinema that challenges, inspires and entertains, but also to honor those artists whose talent and passion bring that cinema to life.


Confirmed selections – more tba. Full schedule to be announced mid-late October.

  • JULIA, a documentary portrait of beloved chef Julia Child, whose iconic cookbooks and TV shows revolutionized American cuisine, co-directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West, directors of the 2018 Oscar-nominated documentary, RBG. A Telluride Film Festival premiere.
  • VORTEX, Gaspar Noé’s acclaimed meditation on mortality starring Dario Argento, the legendary director of Suspiria.
  • SHERLOCK JR. with LIVE SCORE! A special free-admission screening of the classic 1924 silent comedy Sherlock Jr., directed by and starring Buster Keaton, with an original score commissioned and performed live by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music’s Chamberhood Ensemble. Co-sponsored by American Harp Society and Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.
  • BEANS, the debut feature from Canadian filmmaker Tracey Deer, exploring the explosive 1990 Oka Crisis at Kanesatake as seen through the eyes of a young Mohawk girl. A Toronto International Film Festival premiere.
  • LITTLE GIRL, a documentary portrait of an eight-year-old girl who questions her gender identity and provokes reactions from her community, from French director Sebastien Lifshitz. A Berlin International Film Festival premiere.
  • STRAWBERRY MANSION, a whimsically surreal comedy from co-directors Kentucker Audley and Albert Birney, set in a future where the government records peoples’ dreams and taxes them, leading a young dream auditor into strange misadventures. A Sundance Film Festival premiere.
  • COCOON, a touching coming-of-age drama from Germany about a teenage girl finding herself and falling in love with another girl over the course of one summer, from filmmaker Leonie Krippendorff. A Berlin International Film Festival Premiere.
  • NUDO MIXTECO, a searing debut drama from Mexican actor/director Angeles Cruz following three Indigenous women as they navigate love, sex and the struggle for empowerment in a small community in Oaxaca largely dominated by chauvinistic traditions.
  • AFTER BLUE, a wild sci-fi adventure from French filmmaker Bertrand Mandico, set on After Blue, a planet in another galaxy where only women can survive. A Toronto Film Festival premiere.