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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

Saturday, December 8 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Screenwriting Panel / Pitch Fest

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Following the crash course in screenwriting, several screenwriters and directors will discuss screenwriting craft (cinematic storytelling), finding production, and help members of the audience refine ideas or projects into a pitch.

Panelists will include:
Receiving his BA degree in film studies from the Ohio State University in 2009, Turkish/American filmmaker Nafi Ayvaci focused on “International Screenwriting” with lectures and instruction by Disney writer Andy Rose. After 2 years of TV production experience in New York City, Ayvaci finalized his first short film, “Leke”, which was nominated for the Best Short Film Award in 49th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. Ayvaci currently continues his commercial, film and script work in Pittsburgh, PA, while pursuing an MFA degree in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Point Park University. His script “Where the Light Enters” is currently a finalist in Anchorage International Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition.

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.

JODY ELLIS is a screenwriter/freelance writer with more than 15 years experience in the writing industry. A lifetime Alaskan, her scripts have regularly placed in contests and generated interest from industry executives. Her screenplay "Pipeline' took third place at the Anchorage International Film Festival in 2016, and her short script, “The Date”, recently won first place at the 2018 Portland Comedy Film Festival. Her feature screenplay, “Domestic Violence” was just optioned by Nasser Entertainment for production in 2019.

BRYAN ALLEN FIERRO holds a BA in writing from The University of Colorado and an MFA in fiction from Pacific University in Oregon. The University of Arizona Press published his debut collection of short fiction, Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul, in 2016. Fierro is the recipient of the 2013 Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in Fiction. He is the recipient of the 2016 Rasmusen Individual Artist Award in Literary/screenplay, and a 2018 Alaska Literary Award recipient.

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.



Saturday December 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

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