PHOENIX, AZ – The Phoenix Film Festival opening night premiere and party is fast approaching! The night kicks off on Thursday, April 3rd at 6pm in the Party Pavilion with tastes from some of the best restaurants in town, great entertainment and some special silent auction items. At 7:30, the Phoenix Film Festival will present its 2014 Visionary Award to Steve Rizley and Cox Communications, followed by the opening night film: A24’s LOCKE.

The Visionary Award is presented annually by the Phoenix Film Festival to a member of the community and a supporter of film. Steve Rizley is an important pillar of the community and this is the 10th year that Cox has been a presenting sponsor of the festival. Rizley is senior vice president and general manager of the Cox Communications Southwest Region and serves as board chairman of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross and on boards of the Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Banner Health Foundation.

Locke-Movie-PosterImmediately following the opening night film screening of LOCKE, Director Steven Knight (Eastern PromisesDirty Pretty Things) will be in attendance to participate in a Q&A with the audience!

Platinum Pass holders receive admission to this awesome event, but if you are not a Platinum Pass holder, you can still purchase tickets at PhoenixFilmFestival.com.

The 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, occurring this year from its opening night on April 3rd to its conclusion on April 10th, is rapidly approaching. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last years’ festival saw over 23,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year.  The week-long Festival will be held once again at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054.

If you are a movie lover, this is an event that is not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website www.phoenixfilmfestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass.   For more information call 602-955-6444 or go to www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.

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