Transcend the ordinary and awaken yourself to new possibilities

Transcend the ordinary and awaken yourself to new possibilities

Sedona is the ideal place for personal enrichment and spiritual healing as people continue working towards personal and community transformation.

Events like the annual ILLUMINATE Film Festival are an integral part of the special Sedona experience.  Now entering its 8th year, the ILLUMINATE Film Festival invites you to join this November for an uplifting and transformational experience.

ILLUMINATE has made it its mission to discover and exhibit cinematic gems that elevate consciousness and inspire personal, community and planetary transformation.  The festival has aimed to foster and advance the genre of conscious cinema, earning a reputation as the nation’s leading festival of its kind and a haven where conscious films and filmmakers are discovered, industry connections are made, enlightened ideas are shared, and audiences are transformed.

ILLUMINATE showcases ground-breaking narrative features, documentaries, episodics, and shorts, exploring themes such as spirituality, mindfulness, health & wellness, human potential, science and quantum physics, environmental sustainability, and social action.

ILLUMINATE’s 2022 installment will continue to bring the best of conscious film in a hybrid festival format, with both virtual and live components.  This will include their in-person annual gathering, featuring a weekend of in-person screenings, events, and parties, followed by a week of virtual programming.

The centerpiece of the in-person celebration will be Saturday, November 5th — a day of red-carpet premieres, filmmaker Q&As, luminary talks, and Reel Healing workshops at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, followed by a VIP party. More details on the programming will be revealed in the coming months.

The weeklong online component will feature live global virtual screenings of 10 films, accompanied by filmmaker Q&As, luminary panels, and online workshops. The screenings can be viewed online in ILLUMINATE’s Virtual Screening Room at or on Apple TV or Roku through the Eventive app.  The featured films and conversations will be recorded and available on-demand through Sunday, November 13th.

According to ILLUMINATE’s Executive Director, Danette Wolpert, “This year, we’ll have fewer films but more impact potential… more “wow factor.  We’ve planned a very different festival from those we’ve held in the past, in order to adapt to the dramatic changes we’re seeing in the film landscape and the Sedona landscape from the pandemic. Our in-person events will be targeted to our local community, and our global audience, now from all 50 states and 84 countries, will be encouraged to watch and connect with each other online.”

Over the years, ILLUMINATE has been attended by luminaries such as Deepak Chopra, Gillian Anderson, Ram Dass, Marianne Williamson, Joe Dispenza, Gregg Braden, Lynne McTaggert, Mooji, Lisa Nichols, Michael Beckwith, Bob Proctor, Marci Shimoff, Vandana Shiva and Michael Franti.

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