COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

*These guidelines are subject to change, based on AZ State and County guidelines

Our most important consideration in planning the Festival this year is how to safely bring together artists, audiences, volunteers, and staff. As part of our commitment to this community, we will require all participants attending in-person to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Attendees may be confident that our staff will be fully vaccinated as well. We are providing this information early to our patrons to ensure that everyone interested in attending in-person has ample time to get vaccinated. We are implementing this policy to ensure that our constituents feel as safe and comfortable as possible while attending, and to do our part to lessen the virus spread. Those who are not fully vaccinated are invited to attend the Festival virtually through our online accessibility platform. Children under the age of 12 are ineligible to receive the vaccine and may not attend the in-person Festival. We will continue to assess other elements of health and safety protocols regularly and in accordance with best practices provided by the CDCState of ArizonaCity of Scottsdale, and any other related government agencies.

To keep our attendees, staff, vendors and artists as safe as possible, we have implemented the following policies:​


At the 2021 Scottsdale International Film Festival, we require all guests entering the Festival to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.​

We will check documentation for every guest upon entry to the lobbies. Please have your proof of vaccination ready to present at the Festival’s Concierge table before entering auditoriums or before buying tickets at-the-door. Proof of full vaccination includes the following options: a vaccination card (or photo), a digital record within an app, an official immunization record, or a photo result saved to your phone. We do not accept QR codes as we will not have a reader. After you present your vaccination card you will be issued a wrist band to use throughout the Festival​.


  • Cashless transactions 
  • Print-at-home tickets
  • Requirement of all Festival artists, staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated
  • Regular and frequent cleaning of all high-touch surfaces, restrooms, and equipment


  • We strongly advise all Festival guests to wear a mask for safety. 
  • If you have arrived and want a mask, please notify our Concierge staff member and we will endeavor to provide you with one.
  • Requirement of all Festival guest artists, staff and volunteers to be fully face masked
  • We recommend masks be worn in the following scenarios:
      • While waiting in line any Festival lines
      • While waiting in line at the concession stand
      • In restroom areas 


Lost your vaccine card?

Maricopa County Public Health recommends taking a picture of the front and back of your vaccine card for your records. If you need a replacement card, you can request one through the Arizona Immunization Program Office, which is part of the Arizona Department of Health Services. You can fill out their Immunization Record Request Form and file it via email, fax or mail.  We also highly recommend which is also found on the Arizona Department of Health Services web site. Registration there is fast and simple, and you can save the PDF to your phone.

When is my last chance to get vaccinated? 

​In order to be fully vaccinated in time for the Scottsdale International Film Festival, you’ll need to have received your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine (or single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) by Friday, October 22nd (two weeks prior to Festival). Vaccinations can be completed in time for the Festival! To do so, please receive your first dose of Pfizer or Moderna no later than Friday, October 1st.​

Where can I get vaccinated? 

If you are in Arizona, you can find vaccination locations at this link.

Alternatively, you can find vaccination options across the country here.


​An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. By attending The Scottsdale International Film Festival, you expressly agree to comply with all rules and safety guidelines put in place by the event organizers, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, waiving all claims and potential claims against the event organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.


We ask that you not attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:​

  • Within 14 days before attending the Festival you have tested positive, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the Festival, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. a fever of 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the Festival, you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.​

Please be respectful to fellow guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, and artists who choose to wear a mask and/or maintain physical distancing from others. This will be the first time that some of us are attending a large event this year and why we set our safety protocols above and beyond what the State of Arizona requires.  

Thank you for your cooperation and patience — we can’t wait to enjoy x 3 with you!