ILLUMINATE Film Festival 2022 - the nation’s premier conscious film festival, returned to Sedona, Arizona with a hybrid in-person and virtual format offering a stellar lineup of film premieres, parties, panels, Luminary Living Room workshops and special events for its 8th annual showcase. 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. The event was live November 5-6th in Sedona and is online through the 13th.

ILLUMINATE's mission is 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 it 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, & audiences are transformed.

Sedona, Arizona

Illuminate Film Festival 2017

Soulful Sound Healing Integration at Sedonya Conscious Living Center.ous Living Center. Guests enjoyed an opening ceremony, short film, and live performance by Sedona Dance Project, then dance to pop hits, Latin grooves, and ecstatic trance DJed by with ourselves, our planet, and each other. Featuring Deepak Chopra, Jack Kornfield, Lynne Twist, Michael Beckwith, Jason Silva, Norman Lear, and others..

Opening Night Red Carpet
Bill Bennett, Sister Jenna, Danette Wolpert, James Van Praag, Scott Catamas

Opening Night Film and Awards honored three Sedona leaders who embody the spirit of love and service exemplified by the protagonist in our Opening Night Film Amma’s Way: A Journey To Embrace The World Again plus a VIP Opening Night Party was held at the new Pisa Lisa in the Village of Oak Creek to close out the evening.

New this year, the community was invited to a complimentary screening of Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, plus a Choral Flash Mob performance at SPAC on November 5th.

Pre-Fest Kickoff & Dance Party was on November 4th at Sedonya Conscious Living Center. Guests enjoyed an opening ceremony, short film, and live performance by Sedona Dance Project, then dance to pop hits, Latin grooves, and ecstatic trance DJed by

A conscious community brunch was offered on November 6th at ChocolaTree and a
Soulful Sound Healing Integration at Sedonya Conscious Living Center


Facing Fear

World Premiere
What is fear exactly? How does it work? Do we really need fear? Devastating personal news catapulted filmmaker Bill Bennett into fear. Then, as the pandemic hit, fear turned global. Bennett travels the globe to seek answers in this extraordinary examination of fear. We hear from experts such as Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Caroline Myss, James Van Praagh, Sister Jenna, Lee Carroll, Paul Selig, Foster Gamble, Michael Tamura, and more.

Amma's Way:

A Journey to Embrace the World Again
Meet a force of nature. Experience the astounding love, compassion, and joy of a visionary woman known as Amma. A tireless spiritual leader and creator of astonishing humanitarian enterprises, she inspires millions worldwide with her culture of care and service. Amma's darshan – hugs – shows us the compelling power of the heart, which may be the one thing that creates the dramatic shift this world needs.

Love Heals

An estimated 50 million people suffer from chronic pain in the US alone. Are you one of them? For Dana, two unsuccessful spinal surgeries lead her to an ancient energy principle that has helped thousands heal. Featuring Dr. Bruce Lipton and other health experts, this film explores how a method of energy flow in the body can help us heal ourselves and awaken to life with a clear mind, open heart, and balance within.


Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song
Unbeknownst to many, legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was a spiritual seeker, preoccupied with unlocking the greater mysteries. He explored the infinite as he fashioned his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.” His search led him from Judaism to secular life, and ultimately to the teachings of Zen Buddhism. This documentary weaves all the influences of Cohen's life, the song’s journey from reject to chart-topping hit, and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Features Clive Davis, Judy Collins, Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, and k.d. Lang.

Gratitude Revealed
How do we live a more meaningful life? In an epic journey forty years in the making, Gratitude Revealed, from acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg (Fantastic Fungi), reveals gratitude as a proven pathway back from the disconnection we feel in our lives – to reconnect with ourselves, our planet, and each other. Featuring Deepak Chopra, Jack Kornfield, Lynne Twist, Michael Beckwith, Jason Silva, Norman Lear, and others

Carbon -

The Unauthorized Biography
With Carbon in the news every day, you might think you know everything about “her.” But you’d be wrong. This spectacular and surprisingly unorthodox documentary reveals the paradoxical story of the element that builds all life – and yet may end it all. Carbon reminds us of our humble participation in the most extraordinary story in the universe.

Crows are White
After decades of living a secret life, a filmmaker travels to a strict Japanese monastery in search of guidance. But what happens when the only monk who will help him prefers ice cream and heavy metal over meditation? Crows are White answers with truth, faith, and love.

The Sound of Us

Directed by Chris Gero, winner of nine Emmys, The Sound of Us documents music as the great universal language. It weaves inspirational stories about the beauty and goodness of music, while also allowing us to express our sadness and honesty. Music, we find, brings hope, courage, and healing, and keeps our history alive. It even sheds light on current struggles – and invites a return to unity.

The Invisible Extinction
Travel around the globe as two microbiologists race to save our vanishing microbes before they’re gone. Why are they vanishing? Why do we need them? How do we save our gut microbiome? The answers will surprise you!

Go Heal Yourself

In this comprehensive documentary, Yasmin C. Rams set out on a journey to find out if there is merit to alternative treatments for her epilepsy. She does this against the wishes of her strong-headed father, who believes alternative medicine is quackery. Yasmin encounters inspiring people from around the world who treat their chronic illnesses using natural medicine, from hypnotherapy to qi gong and CBD to Ayurveda.


Look beyond conventional medicine and explore healing from the Amazon rainforest. Using song and ceremony, plant medicine, and shamans, our group of traumatized Westerners experiences the wisdom of the earth and the interconnectedness of all things.

For tickets please visit: 2022 Festival | ILLUMINATE Film Festival | Sedona, Arizona