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The Sedona International Film Festival was founded in 1995 as a project of the Sedona Cultural Park. A 3-day exhibition of independent film, the festival celebrated cinema from around the world and introduced the festival workshops as a way of teaching and inspiring the filmmakers of tomorrow. In 2003, the festival became its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and began an expansion that included monthly programs, multi-week film series events and more. Gradually, the festival grew from a 3-day celebration to a week-long festival of cinema. In 2012, the Sedona International Film Festival built and opened its Mary D. Fisher Theatre — a year-round arthouse theatre venue — to continue and expand its mission and to contribute to the cultural fabric in Sedona. The festival — now a 9-day, world-renowned event taking place the last week of February. It has become a jewel in the crown of Sedona’s cultural life and the largest single event in the community.