Special Events

Wednesday | February 12 


Doors open 6:30 PM, show 7:00 – 10:00 pm | MOCAF & Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival Present | Capture: Light, Sound & Story | MOCAF

Ticket entry: $10

Host: Dapper Dre 
Light Experiencers: Tim Bell, Elana Novali, Eric Retterbush, Sandy Pirate & Spectracolor Liquids
Sound Experimenters: Reference Sine, Gal Gracious & TamTaco
Story Explorers: Dapper Dre, Ky J. Dio & Margeaux Bestard 

The Museum Of Contemporary Art Flagstaff is thrilled to team up with FMFF along with collaborators Cosanti Foundation, Convergence, Interference Series, Wrecking Ball and Juniper House Readings for a multi-spectral art experience to see new visions in 2020! Gathering artists of varying disciplines together for one night of sharing outlooks and exchanging perspectives on what we hope to see in our spaces in the coming year and to celebrate FMFF’s 18th year of presenting films with outdoor, environmental, social, cultural and artistic focus.

Thursday — Sunday 


Pay ‘n Take Festival — Happy Hour 4-6 pm

Pay ‘n Take one of the oldest joints in town, will host the daily festival happy hour! Join the fest crew, our volunteers, our filmmakers, artists and agitators for a great brew and good times.

Thursday | February 13 


5:00 – 6:30 PM | 15 By Flagstaff | Dark Sky Brewing 

Join us as we host some of our finest artists, and storytellers for a fast-paced slide presentation where each presenter is challenged to share a story through exactly 15 slides with only 30 seconds per slide. Brevity is key as presenters are challenged to take us on a journey in only 7.5 minutes while we all enjoy a beverage and celebrate the diversity that makes this region a wonderful place to live. Hosted by Harlan Taney, Owner 4 Corner Film Logistics. Enjoy Pizzicletta menu items 50% OFF for VIP, filmmakers, artists and directors. 

Friday | February 14


10:30 PM – 2:00 AM | Roaring 2020 Speakeasy SOIRÉE | The Pole House

Flag’s premiere Speakeasy, The Pole House, will once again be hopping until the wee hours. Headlining this year are Chris Brashears and Peter McLaughlin of The Arizona landmark band The Sonoran Dogs. We’ll also hear from Craig Childs and The Scatterlithics and our VR team will be in the house with headsets to whisk you away into another moment.

Saturday | February 15


10:00 – 11:00 AM | Coffee Talk: Art + Justice | The HeArtBox 

Join Klee Benally, Douglas Miles, Jerrel Singer and Darcy Falk as we discuss art, social and environmental justice. How we use our voices in activism and art in its many different mediums as tools to shed light on issues that impact communities and our humanity, is at the heart of this panel. Moderated by Jill Sans, Owner and Artist of The HeArt Box. Coffee provided by an exciting new partner!

10:00 AM – Noon | Family program | The Orpheum

Tickets only available day of — at the Orpheum box office. Special Family ticket available for $15.
This program is about combining inspirational films for all the family with the art of play. Within a safe and inclusive space, we take the whole family on a journey around the world through a series of uplifting stories and animations. Tynkertopia will help families concoct wonderful kaleidoscopic creations, inspiring curiosity, and letting imaginations soar. Revel Lucien and Jewel will be here for Drag Queen Story Time in a unique space created in the theater. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

11:00 – NOON | Coffee Talk: Ethical Recreation on Tribal Lands | Firecreek Coffee Company

Join moderator James ‘Q’ Martin in a discussion on the connection between economics and social justice for Indigenous communities. Dr. Len Necefer founder of Natives Outdoors, will join panelists Aaron Mike, and Colleen Cooley for an in-depth exploration of the issues at hand, which include facilitating access to landscapes and maintaining traditions tied to them. 

4:00 – 7:00 PM | The Wing Ding, Spoken Word, Special Films and Filmmakers | The Coconino Center for the Arts 

Join us for our filmmaker/VIP reception at a truly landmark Flagstaff event. Author and spoken word artist Craig Childs will supply the words. Followed by two great film screenings; The Long River Home and The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight, a tribute to the iconic Ken Sleight. The Virtual Reality team will be set up as well with an outstanding program of films that puts you right There! Your pass gives you free admission to the Wing Ding and their delicious food and amazing auction. More information is at: www.whalefoundation.org

6:00 – 8:00 PM | Climbing Blowout | Flagstaff Climbing Center  

Join the local crag crew for a special climbing film blow out featuring some of the best shorts of the past year, all washed down with some fine brews from Dark Sky Brewing.

Sunday | February 16 


10:00 – 11:00 AM | Coffee Talk: Sacred Land Protecors| Bright Side Bookshop

Join Wendsler and Vanessa Nosie to hear directly from the frontlines of the Apache Stronghold and “Protect Oak Flat” Movements. As the sacred Oak Flat continues to be jeopardized by the Resolution Mining Project, Wendsler and his family are OCCUPYING the spiritual and holy place in protest. The Nosie family is defining and embodying the struggle against greed, power, and the insatiable drive of extractive industries. They will relay both their spiritual and organizational wisdom on the path as sacred land protectors. Coffee provided by an exciting new partner! 

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | High Desert Matriarch: A Confluence of Indigenous Women, Art and Earth | Firecreek Coffee Company 

Join Indigenous female artists and visionaries Jihan Gearon, Venaya Yazzie, Lyncia Begay, Eileen Baca and Aretha Shining Moon as they share their perspectives on contemporary matriarchy, expression through art, and connection to place. Curated by Amy Martin, and moderated by Colleen Cooley. Short films by the artists will accompany the session.

5:00 – 6:00 PM | Deep Dive into Protecting Wild Spaces | Mountain Sports

Morgan Sjogren, aka Running Bum, will read from her latest books, Outlandish and The Best Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Hikes. She will discuss the connection between hiking/running and conservation, specifically tied to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments. Join us for beer and stories, with special guests Grand Staircase Partners, to learn how you can help protect wild places.

Monday | February 17


6:00 – 9:00 PM | Director’s Cut ‘Best of 2020’ | Dark Sky Brewing

Join us for some stellar brews and pizza from Pizzicletta to celebrate the best films of 2020 and a new decade of independent film. Enjoy the films that made us cry, laugh and changed our world. Enjoy Pizzicletta menu items 50% OFF for VIP, filmmakers, artists and directors.

Tuesday | February 18


Doors open 6:00 PM | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | I Love Pluto Festival | Orpheum Theater

Join us for Clyde Tombaugh’s Day of Discovery of Pluto, highlighted by related downtown sites. Space-themed movie shorts. Pluto Prohibition Porter will be available at the bar. Ticket included for VIP pass holders.