Phoenix Film Festival: President and founder Chris LaMont talks 14th year

Phoenix Film Festival President and Founder Chris LaMont recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about this year’s event, which will take place Thursday, April 3-Thursday, April 10 at Harkins Scottsdale 101.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment’s” full interview with LaMont by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the present and founder discusses the perfect recipe for a great day at the festival.

Our festival is all about the revolution of film. It is amazing how, with the digital revolution, everyone now has an opportunity to tell their story. People are shooting movies on their iPhones and editing them on their laptops. You can make a great little movie and not have to spend a lot of money to tell a great story. That is what independent film is all about.

[We have got] some films that are not going to be at Camelview and are not going to make it Shea but they are still definitely deserving of an audience. You can’t be a filmmaker without showing your movie to people so we want to get the best presentation possible. And we are fairly successful at doing it because we always stay on track and we keep in mind what is important – which is great movies and a great audience.

Every film in competition is amazing. There are some great comedies and great dramas that we have got. And we have got some really cool showcase films. We have got nonstop events. We have got workshops, we have got Kids’ Day on Saturday morning, we have got Geek Day on Sunday afternoon, we have got bands, [etc.]. We would love for people to come see the movies and then hang out with the filmmakers over at the Party Pavilion.

That kind of synergy makes this festival special from other festivals because … everyone goes to the same party. The idea is that we build up this amazing film community over the weekend. And it is amazing. You have got to see at least two movies a day and then go hang out at the Party Pavillion. That is the perfect recipe for a great day at the festival.” – Chris LaMont

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at

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