Joshua Tree International Film Festival

a Black Lotus Production

indie films in the Hi-Desert


61595 Twentynine Palms Highway

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Dear Filmmakers and Guests,

It is with a heavy heart, and after much deliberation, that we must announce that the Joshua tree international Film Festival will be cancelled this year. 

After working earnestly for over a year on developing this year's event, a disagreement between a business associate and management of the venue has resulted in the cancellation. Every filmmaker and ticket buyer's money will be returned immediately (via PayPal), and we will announce an alternative to this year's festival in the coming weeks. 

To all of you that have supported the mission and vision of the JTIFF, we are extremely appreciative. To the filmmakers that submitted your work for consideration and attendees that had made plans to attend, thank you. By week's end, we will announce the winners of the JTIFF/Black Lotus Outstanding Filmmakers Awards, there were four (4) winners this year. 
From myself and the entire JTIFF staff, we were so looking forward to meeting you all and enjoying a weekend of films. We believe that the community of Joshua Tree is the perfect venue for a film festival, and we will continue to work in that endeavor.

Eric Quander


The Joshua Tree International Film Festival’s mission is to provide a platform for independent and noteworthy films and filmmakers, connecting them with diverse audiences and industry professionals that recognize Joshua Tree as an oasis of creativity, art and culture throughout the international arts community. 

​​With special focus and support for  projects that encompass the diverse vision of Black, indigenous and LBGTQ films throughout the world, the JTIFF endeavours to be a platform for films that illuminate, inspire, and invoke audiences to action.

"The JTIFF will cast the widest possible net and nurture mindful and conscious filmmakers and audiences in Joshua Tree and beyond." - Eric Quander, JTIFF Founder


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