Joshua Tree International Film Festival

a Black Lotus Production

indie films in the Hi-Desert

Where can I see a list of guests who plan to attend? 

A full list of guests will be posted no later than July 30 on this site.

When is the festival?

2016 JTIFF will take place September 16th-18th.

How many films will be shown?

This year's festival will feature 10 features and 15 shorts; however, this might change, as we are holding spots for two additional feature films.

Does my badge get me into the Kick-Off Party the night before the Festival?

Filmmakers and holders of VIP Festival Passes are allowed to attend the Kick-Off Party; otherwise, a ticket to Party must be purchased seperately.

At what times do the films screen?

All screening information can be found under the 2016 Films tab of this site.

When are the registration hours?

Filmmakers are requested to register on Friday, September 16th at the Kick-Off Party, which will begin at 6 PM.

How long are the passes and tickets on sale?

Passes are available until Saturday, September 17th. Tickets may be purchased in advance until September 10th and at-door if seating is available.

Can I volunteer at the Festival?

YesQ Yes! Yes! To volunteer, contact us at with I WANT TO VOLUNTEER in the subject line. Volunteers must contact by September 1st.

What kinds of films does the JTIFF screen?

The JTIFF screens a variety of films. It is urged that adults contact the JTIFF Directly to verify that certain screenings are appropriate for youth under 17.

What kind of transportation is available in Joshua Tree?

There is limited transportaion available in Joshua Tree during festival hours. It is highly encouraged that attendees take care of their own transportation while in Joshua tree.

Are there any discounts?

There are discounted passes available for Vetreans, Seniors and Youth.

What is the weather like in Joshua Tree?

It will be HOT! Although each venue is air conditioned, its not a bad idea to bring a small spritzing bottle. Spritizing bottles may be for sale at the JTIFF Merchandising table.

Are there opportunities to network?

Yes. FIlmmakers will be available at the Opening Night Kick-Off Party, some screenings and at the Filmmakers Brunch on Sunday.


Where can I park in Downtown JT?

​There is ample parking at each venue.

How do I buy a ticket to the Awards Brunch?

All tickets will be made available for sale on July 25th 

Are there any refunds on Passes or Badges?

No refunds will be made for passes or tickets purchased.

At what venues will the Film Festival and events take place?

Screenings will take place at:

the Sportsmans Lodge located at 6225 Sunburst Street 

​the Beatnik Lounge located at 61595 Twentynine Palms Highway

Both venues are located in Downtown Joshua Tree

Where can I stay?

Please see the Accommodations link for information where to stay.

Can I buy tickets to just one movie?

​Yes. Tickets are available on this site, and may be available at-the-door.