As The Anchorage International Film Festival embarks on its 18th season, we want to thank our incredible community for all of the support we have received over the years. Anchorage, and Alaska as a whole, is a melting pot of culture and talent that is unrivaled.

Before I became involved with AIFF, I had very little idea how this festival impacted so many lives. From our local student filmmakers, to our seasoned professionals and visiting filmmakers, AIFF has become a great resource to share ideas, knowledge and network with the creative community. AIFF has always been and will continue to be an advocate for our independent film community, which has grown significantly over the past several years.

It is no secret that Alaska is a magical destination, and because of that, it brings people together in unexpected ways. In the dead of winter, AIFF offers a bright light for 10 days every season. During our festival, we are fortunate enough to welcome several filmmakers from all over the world, creating lasting memories and friendships.

As the film industry changes, it is becoming more important than ever that we support independent film, and the surrounding community. The Anchorage International Film Festival is looking forward to sharing the work of so many talented storytellers this season and for years to come.  

Thank you very much for your support and patronage. Gather up your friends and families and join us for 10 days of amazing stories from around the globe while we celebrate Films Worth Freezing For.

Jessica Kaiser, Festival Director

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Friday, November 30 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Anchorage International Film Festival Opening Night - Soiree of Shorts!

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Back by Popular Demand AIFF 2018 opens with a series of short films (narrative, animation and documentary), including Juck [Thrust], Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale and Wild Woman! 

Capture your night with Photo Emporium Alaska and walk the red carpet at the BearTooth Theatrepub while DJ Remax Music & Lighting gets the night started. $20 General Admission, Included with AIFF Pass.

AIFF Opening Night After-party at Matanuska Brewing Company, Anchorage w/ live music by the B-49s! Come dance the night away after our screening! 

Blue - Made in Alaska
Directed by Aly Nicklas

Blue is a fantastical journey into a young girl’s imagination. Our character is a four-year-old growing up in Valdez, Alaska. Fresh off training wheels, she begins to push her boundaries and explore what’s possible on her bike, her eyes naturally drifting to the mountains. We dive into the world of her fantasy and explore the mountains, glaciers and rivers of Valdez by fat bike with a crew of boundary-pushing female athletes hailing from Alaska and beyond.

Inga - Documentary Short
Directed by Uffe Mulvad
Country of Origin - Denmark

"Through her memoirs, Inga reflects about love, old age and death. We are invited into her home, as she doing her morning rituals and baths in the cold lake. The short portrait shows in artistic and intimate pictures, a day in a life, how it's like being old and what it means for Inga."

Wild Woman - Animation / Made in Alaska
Directed by Vanessa Sweet

Wild Woman is an animated poem to mankind which invokes current world issues such as drone-strikes and religious persecution in a plea for empathy. Scenes transform and melt as the animator also explores her personal struggle of becoming a mother and identifying as such in our current social and political climate.

Mini Miss - Documentary Short
Directed by Rachel Daisy Ellis
Country of Origin - Brazil

Filmed entirely from the perspective of a 4 year old, five young girls compete to be crowned Mini Miss Baby Brasil. The film provides a unique insight into early childhood experiences and children’s innate capacity for resistance in a world dominated by adult norms & desires.

A Field Guide to Being A 12-Year-Old Girl - Documentary Short
Directed by Tilda Cobham-Hervey
Country of Origin - Australia

This is a film about 12-year-old girls, made by 12-year-old girls, for 12-year-old girls, or anyone that has been a 12-year-old girl, or will be a 12-year-old girl, or wishes they were a 12-year-old girl.

Enough | The Story of the Empowered Women of Korogocho - Documentary Short
Directed by Brent Foster
Country of Origin - Canada

Beatrice Nyariara lives in Korogocho. It's widely considered to be Nairobi's most dangerous slum.
More than 150,000 people are packed into the shanty town which is less than two square kilometers.
Crime is high. Gangs are active. Addiction is rampant.
A while back, men in her community started to attack the 'grandmothers' of Korogocho at night. Most of the women attacked are sexually assaulted, and some have been killed. The men believe that the elder women were less likely to be HIV positive. They also saw them as vulnerable.
A few years ago, Beatrice decided enough was enough. It was time to fight back. It was time to develop a community.
The result of that decision empowered the group, and taught their community to respect them, value them, and to know how to be there for them.

Together, they are taking back Korogocho.

Juck [Thrust] - Documentary Short

Directed by Olivia Kastebring
Country of Origin - Sweden

Juck is a 17-minute film which is a hybrid between documentary, dance and fiction. The film depicts the all female dance group JUCK who made a name for themselves in 2013 with a video that became a viral hit all over the world. The word “juck” is Swedish for “hump” and their groundbreaking appearance pushed the boundaries for how we are used to seeing the female body. JUCK questions the positions of object and subject. They provoke, inspire and break norms. The film poses the question: what is femininity?

Under Mom's Skirt - Narrative Short
Directed by Sarah de Chabaneix
Country of Origin - France

A young woman goes with her mother for a routine medical check-up, but this appointment will provide way too much information for her to handle… Some things should remain private, right?

Streakers - Narrative Short
Directed by Brielle Brilliant
Country of Origin - USA

A little girl decides to become a Streaker to distract from her sister's violent behavior.

**These films are in no particular order

Friday November 30, 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm AKST
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Opening Night!