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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Saturday, December 8 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Crash Course Screenwriting Workshop

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Are you wanting to learn screenwriting? This session is for you. It will cover the industry basics to get started with screenwriting. A screenwriting panel and pitch fest will follow the session.

Two screenwriters will lead the discussion.

Geoff Marslett is a director, writer, producer, animator and actor. His career started with the punk rock animated short Monkey vs. Robot before directing two narrative films MARS and Loves Her Gun, as well as producing on and acting in the experimental feature documentary Yakona. He has appeared onscreen in films like Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and Tombstone Rashomon. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, Boulder, Colorado and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania splitting his time between filmmaking and teaching. His work has won awards at numerous festivals including SXSW and IndieMemphis; and he was named one of Filmmaker Magazines 25 New Filmmakers to Watch in 2009. He wrote feature screenplays for MARS and Loves Her Gun. Also wrote shorts The Day Before and The Phantom 52. upcoming feature collaboration with Stevie Salas that will come out next year. He taught screenwriting at UT Austin, CU Boulder and Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He has a film screening at 9:00 PM tonight in the Late Night Animation program.

Douglass Bourne is a writing instructor at University of Alaska Anchorage. He has written several features and half-hour television scripts. Among his awards are a Best Feature at the West Field Screenwriting Awards. He has served as the program coordinator for the Anchorage International Film Festival Screenplay Contest for the last three years. In addition to screenwriting, his essays and poetry have appeared in McSweeney's and other magazines. He has also served as poetry editor and nonfiction editor to national and regional magazines and contests. 


Douglass Bourne

AIFF Screenwriting Programmer
Doug Bourne has written several award-winning screenplays, including Best Feature from West Field Screenwriting Awards, and has had essays and poetry published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies and other magazines and anthologies. He has served as genre editor to Ecotone: Reimagining... Read More →

Saturday December 8, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm AKST
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

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