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April, 08 2010 - Phoenix Film Festival 10th Anniversary Opening Night Gala

Where: Harkins Scottsdale 101 - Inside the festival pavilion

When: April 8, 2010

Time: 6:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $150

Beneficiary: Phoenix Children's Hospital and Phoenix Film Foundation

Host(s): Phoenix Film Foundation

Mistress of Ceremonies: Tara Hitchcock

Honoree(s): Dan Harkins

EMCEE: Tara Hitchcock

Founders: Chris LaMont (co-founder)

Executive Director: Jason Carney

President(s): Chris LaMont

Staff: Jason Carney (executive director), Amanda Melby (IFP executive director), Andrea Beesley-Brown, Gene Ganssle, Cindy Wood

Sponsors: Bank of America, Bank of Arizona, Coca Cola, Cramer-Krasselt, Dr. Pepper, Harkins, InMedia Company, MMA Advertising, Screenvision, UAT, Vistar Corporation, Wells Fargo, Westcor, Westin Kierland

Menu: SALAD: Spring berry salad, organic greens, onion, Wisconsin blue cheese w lemon ginger cream; ENTREE: Pecan crusted free range chickn, smashed yukon gold potatoes, baby bok choy, apple coulis, marsala onions; DESSERT: Chocolate flourless bomb, almond tuile & dos leches caramel

Attendance: 500

Attire: Black Tie Invited or Black Tie Optional

Hors D'Oeuvres:: by SKYE

Information: Jason Carney 602-955-6444

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Phoenix Film Festival Opening Night Gala

By Myra Richman

For the first time ever, the Phoenix Film Festival opened its 10th annual event with an all new Opening Night Gala celebration honoring Dan Harkins on April 8, 2010, at the Harkins Cine Capri Theatre. 

Several creative filmmakers from LA moved in to the Valley for an exciting celebration and launching of their films.

The Gala was hosted by honorary chairperson and Good Morning Arizona anchor Tara Hitchcock.  It featured live music, a cocktail reception, dinner and silent auction.  Proceeds benefited Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 


Video presentations showcased the Film Festival, Children’s Hospital, and Dan Harkins, and  concluded with a presentation to Dan Harkins, owner of Harkins Theatres, with the festival’s first ever Visionary Award. 


Following the cocktail reception and dinner, attendees viewed the Arizona premiere of an upcoming theatrical release in the Harkins Theatres Cine Capri. 


The weeklong Film Festival kicked off with the Gala event and runs throughout the week until  concluding on April 15th.  The series was held once again at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd.   


Visionary Award winner, Dan Harkins, was born into a movie theatre family and worked every job from janitor to doorman to projectionist. Now with more than 400 screens, he created Arizona's first foreign and art film program, a Harkins tradition that continues to this day.  The renovated Valley Art Theatre and the Camelview are dedicated to showing these special releases.


Last year, the Phoenix Film Festival was names one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the country.


The purpose of the Phoenix Film Foundation is to promote the exhibition of works by filmmakers and conduct educational programs that teach the art of independent filmmaking.


For more information visit


1700 N. 7th Ave. #250, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 955-6444 Email: [email protected]

The Phoenix Film Festival is a program of the

501c3 non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation

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