Sixteenth Scottsdale International Film Festival

Photo: Denial, courtesy of Bleecker Street Films

Photo: Denial, courtesy of Bleecker Street Films

The 2016 Scottsdale International Film Festival will showcase 50 films representing more than 30 countries, including buzz-worthy dramas, thrillers, romances, comedies and documentaries, October 6-10.

The Festival will kick off on Thursday, October 6, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with daytime screenings of 13 children’s animated short films – perfect for school groups.

That evening, the Festival’s opening night celebration at the Center will feature the drama Denial, based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award-nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Lipstadt will join live via Skype for a post-film Q-and-A moderated by ASU Professor Anna Holian, Ph.D.

“As opening night films go, Denial is masterful, powerful, authentic and eerily relevant to current events,” remarked Scottsdale International Film Festival Founder and Executive Director Amy Ettinger.

Following opening night, the Festival will return to its longtime home at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale for all other screenings, October 7-10. Among the highlights are the Arizona premieres of Certain Women, The Daughter, Lion, Max Rose, A Month of Sundays, and Youth in Oregon (the closing night film). Festival audiences will enjoy post-film insights from moderators and Q-and-A sessions.
The Scottsdale International Film Festival’s complete schedule and information about VIP passes and tickets is available at

Leave a Reply