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, December 7 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
"How to Festival: Useful Notes From the Film Festival Circuit"

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Description: Ida and John have seen the film festival universe from just about every angle. And you don't run, work at, screen at, program for, and attend over 40 festivals without picking up a few useful nuggets along the way. Have you ever had any of these questions: How do I pick which festivals to submit to? How do I prepare for a festival? When should I show up and what do I bring?  How do I promote my film and get press? What are the festivals looking for, and how do they pick the films? In this workshop, we will try to answer this for you, and all your other burning questions we can fit into 90 (or 120) minutes.

Ida bio:
Ida Theresa Myklebost is a Norwegian-American film director and journalist based in New York City.

Ida's started out as a reporter and host for the alternative and rebellious radio station RadiOrakel (the world's very first feminist radio station), and ended up at Norway's largest TV-stations, NRK and TV2, where she covered international news and politics.

Though a journalist at heart, Ida eventually wanted to go beyond state news, statistics and numbers, and explore the human stories in more depth. She wanted to hear their stories. In 2017 she debuted as a filmmaker with "Unwelcome". The award-winning short documentary has now been to over 30 film festivals around the world, and Ida has spent the last year and a half on the road with John traveling to as many of these as possible.
Ida is also a programmer for Anchorage International Film Festival and Portland Film Festival.

John bio:
John Gamache is a filmmaker and the Associate Director of the Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Prior to that he served as the Facility Coordinator at a local community TV station on Cape Cod, and before that as the Civic Theatre Coordinator of the Knutzen Family Theatre in Federal Way, WA.

The Woods Hole Film Festival is a 28-year-old film festival located in the seaside village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest festival in New England and consistently ranked as one of the top film festivals in North America by MovieMaker Magazine as well as being named one of the Top 10 Summer Events in Massachusetts by Yankee Magazine for the past two years.

John is also an independent filmmaker and video producer on Cape Cod, working predominantly for several non-profit organizations. He was also included in Cape Cod Magazines’s list of 10 People to Watch in 2018.

Friday December 7, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm AKST
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

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