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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

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Friday, November 30
 

6:30pm

The Anchorage International Film Festival Opening Night - Soiree of Shorts!
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
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Opening Night!

9:30pm

Opening Night After Party w/ The B-49s
Opening Night continues with live music by Alaskas own B-49s! 


Friday November 30, 2018 9:30pm - Saturday December 1, 2018 12:00am
Matanuska Brewing Company - Anchorage 3910, 2830 C St, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA
 
Saturday, December 1
 

11:00am

Filmmaker Meet and Greet
Dipper Donuts is our official sponsor for the 2018 Filmmaker Meet and Greet. Stop by, meet our visiting filmmakers, grab a cup of coffee and an amazing donut! Hang out, make plans for the week to come, and share your stories!


Saturday December 1, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Dipper Donuts 1209 W 36th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA

8:00pm

We Up - World Premiere
Forty years after hip-hop was born in the South Bronx, it's being re-imagined in fresh ways by young Indigenous artists of the North— from Athabascan villages in Alaska, to the capital city of Greenland, to reindeer-herding towns of northern Finland. WE UP profiles the rising stars of Circumpolar Indigenous hip-hop, exploring shared themes in their work, like decolonization, language revitalization, community, and spiritual connections to homeland.

The film also documents the Circumpolar Hip-Hop Collab, a groundbreaking mainstage performance at the 2018 Riddu, Riđđu Indigenous peoples' festival in Olmmáivággi, Norway.

Saturday December 1, 2018 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Director David Holthouse
  • Buy Tickets Anchorage Museum
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Q&A w/ Director and talent
  • Country of Origin USA

10:00pm

Saturday Night Shenanigans
If you were slacking and didnt get your tickets to the AK Filmmakers 5-Day Film Royal, head down to the new Carousel Lounge, and party the night away with Ukulele Russ! The new Carousel Lounge is an old Alaskan favorite with a new face. Hang out with our visiting filmmakers, and show them a warm welcome!

Saturday December 1, 2018 10:00pm - Sunday December 2, 2018 2:00am
Carousel Cocktail Lounge 3206 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA
 
Sunday, December 2
 

3:00pm

The Cleaners
When you post something on the web, can you be
sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of
digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what
it doesn‘t like. Who is controlling what we see… and
what we think?


Sunday December 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

3:00pm

Global Village Shorts
Fauve (Canada)
Directed by: Jeremy Comte
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Welcome Home (Norway)

Directed by: Armita Keyani
Set in the North of Norway, an Iranian refugee couple invite two Jehovah's Witnesses in when they knock on their door.

Winter Waltz (Canada)

Directed by: Gab Germano
After a minor fight, Dan and Elise decide to spend the weekend on their chalet in the countryside. Once there, not only they find a cold and icy place, but they also realize the unexpected presence of their friends, Jean-François and Françoise. The evening to come will be a waltz of emotions.

Paco (Mexico)

Directed by: Javier Blanco
Paco in his dark innocence and simplicity questions us and makes us ask ourselves questions which are both necessary and pointless. What gives your life meaning? Could it be that the meaning we are looking for is not found with the approaches we are using? When I give it all, is there still something that terrifies me? Am I still running away? If I had all the answers to these questions, would they be meaningful or would they just be somebody else’s answers and thus they have no meaning for me? Perhaps -and it’s just another useless hypothesis- the meaning we are looking for, the love and dedication as well as the path itself are not different or separate things and can only be found when there is nowhere else to run to, when there is nothing left of whom we were. This is Paco’s story.

Beyond Money (Spain)

Directed by: Kike Maíllo
In a near future where people can sell and buy experiences stored in their memory, we met Lucía, a young and rich woman who, apparently, has the life we all want to have.

About The Birds and the Bees (Finland)

Directed by: J.J. Vanhanen
A quiet farmer father and his son set out on a trip to the pharmacy after the teen has a little accident with his girlfriend.

Sunday December 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:30pm

Anote's Ark and Kings of the Yukon
Kings of The Yukon
Directed by Chip Warren
Country of Origin: USA


​While other species of salmon thrive, the Alaskan King salmon has been in decline. Because it is the largest and most fuel-rich species on the planet, removing it from the food chain and economic equation is having a devastating impact among Native Alaskans and throughout the state. At the center of the crisis is the Yup'ik People, whose way of life has centered on King salmon for millennia. Not only has the decline caused an economic and social crises, their culture is shifting in ways that may be irreversible. Many suspect this is a canary-in-the-coal mine issue as the evidence of climate change is rippling across the Arctic and Alaska. The film will be balanced in four parts defined by the seasons that reflect their subsistence lifestyle.

Anote's Ark
Directed by Matthieu Rytz
Country of Origin: Canada

Kiribati faces the unstoppable rise of the sea, which will engulf the nation before long. The people of Kiribati will soon be the world’s first “climate change refugees.” Can these people survive as their country disappears?



Sunday December 2, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

8:00pm

Funny Story
After years of being a neglectful father, a womanizing TV star decides to crash his estranged daughter’s vacation in Big Sur.
FUNNY STORY is a tragicomedy you never saw coming. Filled with memorable characters and top-notch performances, FUNNY STORY teaches us about the destructive power of narcissism, the healing power of forgiveness, and our willingness to do karaoke after drinking enough tequila.


Sunday December 2, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
 
Monday, December 3
 

3:00pm

Family Animation
The Cosmospenguin in Sushiland (Austria)
Directed By: 
Luca Potskhishvili
The adventures of the Cosmospenguin (which is just on diet) lead him from his home planet Jupiter up to the light years distant, praised Sushiland. In search of a treasure he meets the frog (which suffers at iron deficiency). His trip to San Francisco ends in the chaos. In his visit in Vienna he saves together with the frog the squirrel (which can shout very loudly). On his odyssey in the desert he hits on the camel Simon (who needs no gasoline). For what is looking the Cosmospinguin on the Sushiland, seems at first unclear. Only after he has travelled around half a planet, finally, the sense of his trip becomes by him conscious …

Emmy & Goo Roo (China)
Directed By: Xin Yu

Emmy is our brave little hero. She is a 5-year-old girl and the only human little girl in the whole forest, which makes her extra special! Emmy loves exploring the fantastical world she lives in. GooRoo, a big, furry and huggable creature, takes care of her whenthey go out to play. They live together in a cute little house at the edge of the Magic Forest. Their world is full of fabulous creatures, such as animals and plants that can talk, dance...and even cook! Every day brings a brand new adventure and exiting challenges for Emmy and GooRoo to seek out and overcome in this inviting world.

Yuanfen (USA)
Directed By: Amanda Sparso

A heartwarming tale of adoption as seen through a child’s eyes.

Magic Play (USA)
Directed By: 
Natasha Cánepa
A shy boy wizard-in-training is forced into a play date with a witch girl who is unpredictable with her magic.

Playtime (United Kingdom)
Directed By: Toby Leung

A green grumpy monster is determined to keep his collection of toys neat on a shelf whilst an oblivious baby monster persistently attempts to play with them. The two are equally passionate about toys yet in polar-opposite ways, and they learn to cope with each other through a series of comedic interactions.

A Journey in Ink (India)
Directed By: Suyog Khadikar


Half socks (Argentina)
Directed By: Mariana Klyver

7-year-old Mathew has to find out why his socks dissapear. Suspecting his eldery neighbour Olga is involved in this mistery, he decides to sneak into her house.

Tobias Tatu (Brazil)
Directed By: Júnia Consani

Tobias Tatu is a short stop motion animation produced in patchwork, illustrating the joyful walk of Tobias, a beautiful and happy armadillo that just wants to play and roll.

Monster Bites (USA)
Directed By: Mackenzie Lancaster

A monster terrorizes a little girl in her room late at night, and she must find the courage to defeat it! But things are not as they seem...

Red & The Kingdom Of Sound (United Kingdom)
Directed By: Phil Gomm

Red & The Kingdom Of Sound is an animated adaptation of Benjamin Britten's 1945 composition, The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra.

Big Booom (Russian Federation)
Directed By: Marat Narimanov

The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

Dear Alice (USA)
Directed By: Matt Cerini

An unconfident artist must inspire a wide-eyed young girl to see the beauty in her sketch before the bus reaches his stop.

The One Way Journey (India)
Directed By: 
Suyog Khadikar
Mankind's leap to Mars! The future is here and people are leaving to explore the untouched - the last frontier! Simultaneously, a ten-year-old deals with an emotional turmoil of realizing that his father is also set on a 'One Way Journey'.

Too Much Rain (USA)
Directed By: 
Loraine Cernak
Into every life a little rain must fall, and can even be enjoyed but when the excess of nature comes flooding in, a little girl, her pet, and her world are swept away.

Jumbled Up (USA)
Directed By: 
Isabella Spadone
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, your words just come out a bit jumbled up.

Dogbin (Iran)
Directed By: Atoosa Ghaffari

This is a story about a hotdog loving recycle bin.

Children of the Weather (Argentina)
Directed By: Grisel Docirziw

A couple of kids who express their emotions through weather.

Gone Through Water (Argentina)
Directed By: Nicolas Quintar Riboli

A cricket is surprised by an unexepected rain.

Tend (United Kingdom)
Directed By: Tom Judd

Tend tells the story of a man and his daughter living peacefully in the forest, until one day their familiar routine begins to fall apart. As the father struggles to keep the fire burning, he loses sight of what’s truly important – and spirals into an obsession with the flames.

Slick Stan (USA)
Directed By: Sam Roth

In this brief, animated commercial parody, Slick Stan the Summer of Love Salesman pitches his new product to the flower power crowd.

The Big Oak Tree (USA)
Directed By: Jamison M. LoCascio

After losing his home due to construction a small bird must make a big journey to find a new home.

Climate Change (USA)
Directed By: James Gregg

An animated video on climate change.

Monday December 3, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

3:00pm

Eternal Winter
Christmas 1944. Soviet soldiers invade Hungary and drag every young ethnic German woman away from a small village and transport them to a Soviet labour camp where they are forced to work in the coal mines under inhuman conditions. This is where Irén meets fellow prisoner Rajmund, who decides to teach her how to survive. While she is determined to return home to her little daughter and family, history and fate have a different plan: Irén and Rajmund fall in love. Based on a true story.

'Eternal Winter' is the very first feature film about the 700,000 Hungarian victims of the Soviet labour camps whose stories remained untold for over 70 years.


Monday December 3, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:30pm

Datsche
Valentine Hermann, an out-of-work New York actor has travelled to Berlin to the summer to discover his German roots and stay at the 'datsche' or summer cottage that his dead grandfather has left to him. Only the datsche isn’t actually in Berlin, it’s out in in former East Germany on a garden allotment colony that's full of old people who seem to think the Berlin Wall never fell, and where not everybody is foreigner-friendly. Especially not Gregor, a neighbour with passions for hedge-trimming and nationalism.  Which is a problem for Valentine, since he happens to have a refugee hiding in his datsche attic.  
 
Adam blames the bad timing of his arrival in Germany as the reason why his application for asylum has been denied. But now he faces deportation  - that is if he is found. Valentine allows Adam to stay at the datsche and promises not to tell anyone about him. But it’s not long before Valentine tires of the quiet allotment life and accidentally invites some random people from the internet to join him in his garden. Cue Maria, a beautiful and mysterious Greek woman; Zorro, a charming Argentinian drug dealer, and Stefan, a bumbling blond Bavarian who travels with his own tent and gun. Adam is not happy about the new arrivals, and nor is Gregor….


Monday December 3, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

8:00pm

Thunder Road
Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.


Monday December 3, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Director Jim Cummings
  • Country of Origin USA
 
Tuesday, December 4
 

3:00pm

Fishbowl
In a small town filled with secrets, three sisters are forced to cling to each other as they cope with loss and a father who's growing increasingly obsessed with the rapture he thinks is coming.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:30pm

And Now We Rise - Alaskan Premiere
And Now We Rise is a portrait of an exceptional young activist, Samuel Johns,  motivated to help his Alaska Native community to lead sober, productive lives. Abandoned by his parents as a child and raised by numerous relatives, Samuel matured into a man who seeks to understand the roots of what happened within the larger context of historical trauma and loss of culture. He is an “everyman” who heals and grows by stepping up to help others, and becomes revered by the community.  He is able to use his skills and talents for public speaking, writing hip hop music, and creating the Facebook Group, Forget Me Not, which connects those experiencing homelessness with far flung family members. This group has now grown to almost 25,000 members and as his success grows, Sam becomes emotionally drained, overwhelmed with facing so many heartaches and requests for help. Seeing the national movement for Standing Rock, Sam travels to North Dakota to participate and learn from other activists, which revitalizes him. Over the course of the three years this documentary follows him, he is eventually able to return to his home village revisiting the source of so much childhood pain, and to speak to youth at his former high school where he is embraced as a hero.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

7:15pm

And Now We Rise - Alaskan Premiere
And Now We Rise is a portrait of an exceptional young activist, Samuel Johns,  motivated to help his Alaska Native community to lead sober, productive lives. Abandoned by his parents as a child and raised by numerous relatives, Samuel matured into a man who seeks to understand the roots of what happened within the larger context of historical trauma and loss of culture. He is an “everyman” who heals and grows by stepping up to help others, and becomes revered by the community.  He is able to use his skills and talents for public speaking, writing hip hop music, and creating the Facebook Group, Forget Me Not, which connects those experiencing homelessness with far flung family members. This group has now grown to almost 25,000 members and as his success grows, Sam becomes emotionally drained, overwhelmed with facing so many heartaches and requests for help. Seeing the national movement for Standing Rock, Sam travels to North Dakota to participate and learn from other activists, which revitalizes him. Over the course of the three years this documentary follows him, he is eventually able to return to his home village revisiting the source of so much childhood pain, and to speak to youth at his former high school where he is embraced as a hero.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Official Website http://affinityfilms.org
  • Director Mary Katzke
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin USA / Made in Alaska

8:00pm

Bad Bad Winter
After the passing of her grandmother, a businessman’s daughter goes back to her birthplace. After a little while, she receives the visit of her former classmates but their reunion take an unexpected turn.


Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Director Olga Korotko
  • Country of Origin France
 
Wednesday, December 5
 

3:00pm

Exit Music
Exit Music is a documentary film that travels the intimate and complex path of terminal illness. Ethan Rice was born with Cystic Fibrosis, an incurable genetic illness that eventually leads to respiratory failure. At their home in a small upstate New York community, Ethan and his family live in constant uncertainty as the disease takes more and more away from them. While medical interventions continue to keep him alive well beyond his prognosis, 28-year-old Ethan questions day-by-day how long he is willing to fight and what his absence will mean to those he leaves behind.

With stunning access, the film closely follows Ethan’s final months, weeks, days and hours and is witness to death’s transformative influence on a family. Home video footage trace the bond between Ethan and his father Ed, a Vietnam veteran with PTSD who withdrew from the world to become a stay-at-home dad. Ed immersed Ethan in a world of art, creativity, and imagination and documented it all on camera, a hobby that provided relief from the fear of his son’s ominous prognosis and his own painful past. These archives show the progression of Ethan’s illness over time and reveal Ed’s obsession with preserving his son’s memory. Even during his final days with Ethan, Ed had a camera in hand.

Interweaving home movies with Ethan’s original music and animation, his story is an unflinching meditation on loss and invites the viewer to experience Ethan’s transition from reality to memory. In a culture that often looks away from death, Exit Music demystifies the dying process a universal cornerstone of the human experience.


Wednesday December 5, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:30pm

Five Seasons - The Gardens of Piet Oudolf with Pre Screening Mixer at Muse
Tickets at the Door : 5$ Suggested Donation
5:30 - 6:30 Pre-Screening Mixer (Cash Bar and Appetizers by Muse)
6:45 - 8:00 Film Screening
8:00 - 8:30 Post-Screening Mixer

Piet Oudolf, responsible for New York's High Line and other iconic urban spaces, is the most influential and celebrated landscape designer of the last 50 years, in overwhelming demand for his visionary ideas of what gardens, and particularly public space, can be, and do. But most fundamentally, as with all great visual artists, he completely upends the way we see the world. Five Seasons is a mesmerizing immersion into the life and work of this Dutch master that will change the way we think about, and ultimately see, beauty itself.


Wednesday December 5, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Anchorage Museum at Rasmusen Center 1110 W 8th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Official Website http://fiveseasonsmovie.com
  • Director Thomas Piper
  • Buy Tickets Alaska Design Forum
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin USA

5:30pm

The Interpreters
‘The Interpreters’ follows the lives of Iraqi and Afghan military interpreters who worked with US forces on the ground. In many cases, interpreters face danger in their countries because of their affiliation with the US war effort. This is the story of how they are rebuilding their lives, told through the personal experiences of three individuals: a chain-smoking Iraqi codenamed "Phillip Morris" who was able to make it to the US with the help of an American soldier he befriended during his deployment, an Afghan called Malik who is still working as an active interpreter at the US base in Kabul despite threats to his life, and another Afghan named Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey in search of passage to a better life in Europe.

Wednesday December 5, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Official Website http://www.interpreterdoc.com
  • Director Sofian Khan
  • Buy Tickets Alaska World Affairs Council
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Margaret Stock
  • Country of Origin USA

8:00pm

Afghan Cycles
Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change.


Wednesday December 5, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Official Website https://www.afghancycles.com
  • Director Sarah Menzies - In Attendance
  • Buy Tickets Bike Anchorage and the TREK Store
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film TBD
  • Country of Origin USA
 
Thursday, December 6
 

2:30pm

Martini Matinee
It is Thursday afternoon, and you are looking forward to the weekend! Join AIFF for this amazing screening of quirky, short films.  Ask your boss to join you on this wild cinematic ride, grab a martini, sit back and enjoy.

Rocket
Directed by: Tyson Paris-Hanson
Country of Origin: USA / Alaska

Trying to launch a rocket.

My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes
Directed by: Charlie Tyrell
Country of Origin: Canada

Filmmaker Charlie Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late-father through the personal belongings he left behind... including a stack of VHS dirty movies. Narrated by David Wain.

Little Donnie
Directed by: Chel White
Country of Origin: USA

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Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale
Directed by: Catherine Bisley
Country of Origin: New Zealand

A woman pitches a tent on the edge of a forest and starts to collect men.

Punch Me
Directed by: Jeanne Jo
Country of Origin: USA

A relationship is challenged when three hired goons interrupt dinner.

Emergency
Directed by: Carey Williams
Country of Origin: USA

Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

Fire in Cardboard City
Directed by: Phil Brough
Country of Origin: New Zealand

When a city made from cardboard catches fire it is up to the local fire chief and his brave deputies to save Cardboard City from total destruction.

Wellaway
Directed by: James Kendall
Country of Origin: USA / Alaska

Gideon is forced to confront his darkest impulses when an enigmatic psychiatrist makes and unannounced visit to his apartment.

Deighties
Directed by: Mason Fleming
Country of Origin: Australia

Having lost his wife 18 months earlier, octogenarian Phil decides that he no longer wishes to be alone anymore and to embark on a quest to find new love. Times have changed though, and Phil needs to navigate the complexities of the modern tools at his disposal for finding a mate, such as online match-making services and mobile applications. Heart-warming and nostalgic, Deighties explores the ever changing world of courting, the difficulties of growing old single, and highlights the simple undeniable truth that in one way or another, everyone is searching for companionship.

Alaska DGAF - Documentary Short
Directed by: David Freid
Country of Origin: USA / Alaska

Who has time for doomsday anyway?

On July 4th, 2017, North Korea tested a long range missile that, for the first time, would be powerful enough to reach the United States — specifically, the great state of Alaska. And instead of the doomsday preparations you might expect from a place threatened by nuclear annihilation, Alaskans collectively…shrugged.

Thursday December 6, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA

5:30pm

This Mountain Life
The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal, yet few of us ever venture into true wilderness. Living amongst us is a special breed of people. They are undefined by age, gender, profession or background, but for them, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it 
Martina and her 60 year-old mother Tania embark on a 6 month, 2300km journey to Alaska through a relentless mountain wilderness; a group of nuns inhabiting a mountain retreat to be closer to God; a photographer is buried in an avalanche; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. What is it that leads these adventurous people to sacrifice everything – comfort, family, personal safety – for a life in the mountains? Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a riveting portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of the Coast Range.


Thursday December 6, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:30pm

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
From writer/director Desiree Akhavan and based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.


Thursday December 6, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA

8:00pm

Animation Program 1
Age of Sail (USA)
Directed by: John Kahrs

When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard from a steamship, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. 

Belly Flop (South Africa)
Directed by: Jeremy Collins and Kelly Dillon
Persistence pays off when an unashamed young girl leaning to dive is unperturbed by a talented diver who steals the spotlight.

Wild Woman (USA)

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.

Sonder (USA)
Directed by: Neth Nom
For years, Finn and Natalie walked the same path. But when their time together comes to an end, Finn finds himself lost in a mysterious land. Paralyzed by the fear of moving on, he is at risk of losing himself. Through self-discovery, Finn must gather the strength to forge a new path.

Buddy Joe (France)
Directed by: Julien David
Not Available 

The Train (USA)
Directed by: Aaron Dunbar
An animated tale of love, solitude, and artistic obsession.

Where does Space Begin? (United Kingdom)

Directed by: Katie Steed
Have you ever wondered how far away space is; how far are the different things you see above your head? Join the Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers as they ascend up through the different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere to reveal what we would see at different heights.

Carlotta's Face (Germany)
Directed by: Valentin Riedl
As a child, Carlotta didn’t expect the people around here to have faces. She even doesn’t recognize her own face. Years later, she learns about a rare, untreatable deficit of her brain. It was art, after all, that offered her a way to finally recognize herself.

EACH AND EVERY SHADE (Kuwait)

Directed by: Sarah Ibrahim
What constitutes someone too dark, or not dark enough, or just light enough to pass? The color brown is one that comes with many iterations, connotations, and implications. It is a force that exists in all it's forms in this family—along with each shade's beauty and repercussions.

Emunah (USA)
Directed by: Sang Hyoun Han "DOMECAKE"
Artificial intelligence uses religion to dominate humanity.

For a Better Life (USA)
Directed by: Yasmin Mistry
Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

Inseyed (USA)

Directed by: Jessica Hudak
A girl hears a mysterious noise and investigates, but the source isn’t an easy answer.

Pour 585 (USA)

Directed by: Patrick Smith
In a dystopian world populated by animated wine glasses, a timid character tries to escape an important rite of passage. When he disrupts the standard pouring ritual, he discovers that individuality comes with a price. Pour 585 is a cautionary tale about the dangers of conformity that uses metaphor to illustrate the process of indoctrination

Short but sweet (Kort maar krachtig) (Netherlands)
Directed by: Junaid Chundrigar
Not Available

Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand)

Directed by: Phil Brough
When a city made from cardboard catches fire it is up to the local fire chief and his brave deputies to save Cardboard City from total destruction.

war for lizards (Iran)

Directed by: Hosein Mansouri
Lizards are everywhere! Some of them are behind the war. Some of them are the purpose for the war.

6:1 (Russian Federation)
Directed by: Sergei Ryabov
Inseparable Girl and Cat are playing checkers. The cat loses over and over…


Thursday December 6, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

8:00pm

Kupal
“Kupal” is the story of a hunter and a taxidermist, called “Dr. Ahmad Kupal”. On the last day of the year, moments before the turn of the year, he faces an unexpected challenge.



Thursday December 6, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
 
Friday, December 7
 

1:00pm

"How to Festival: Useful Notes From the Film Festival Circuit"
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
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

3:00pm

Not Your Typical Short Docs
Desert Coffee
Directed by: Mikael Lypinksi
Country of Origin: Poland
Run Time: 53 Min 


In California's poorest desert region, a colorful group of regulars and their dogs gather at Rob's internet cafe for free coffee and wifi in "the last free place in America".

My Paintbrush Bites
Directed by: Joel Pincosy
Country of Origin: USA
Run Time: 16 Min 03 Seconds


A retired racehorse with a big personality is riddled with health problems and close to dying when he gets adopted by an introverted reclusive. The man and the horse help each other out in unexpected ways when the horse is taught to paint.

41X
Directed By: Brian Carlson
Country of Origin: USA
Run Time: 5 Min 48 Seconds


Mike Graves races. He always has because it's in his blood. The funny thing is he races lawn mowers. The Avon Park Mower-Plex in Avon Park, FL was founded in 2002 as the first track solely built for lawn mower racing in the nation. Mike has been a regular for years. For him racing is about the thrill and he certainly won't let his cerebral palsy slow him down. As his father would say, "Win, lose or draw, if you bring your mower home in one piece it's a good night of racing." Adrenaline isn't the only thing fueling his love of the sport. Racing is a family affair for Mike and the memory of his father drives him to be the best.

TaoBao
Directed by: Noah Sheldon
Country of Origin: USA
Run Time: 4 Min 14 Seconds

Pin'er is a model on China's largest online shopping site, Taobao. With a never-ending pile of clothes to shoot, Pin'er has developed a unique way of getting through her workload.




Friday December 7, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Director Mikael Lypinski
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin Poland

4:00pm

Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News
If you watch a newscast today, listen to the radio or a podcast then you are benefiting from the work of Lowell Thomas.

Lowell Thomas was more famous than any American journalist has ever been. As the swashbuckling adventurer -- he took American audiences with him on the radio and in newsreels, establishing personality driven journalism and reporting from around the world. During the First World War, Thomas traveled to the Middle East and discovered T.E. Lawrence, making him the celebrity, 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Thomas was the role model for intrepid foreign correspondents today. His stories shaped American knowledge of the world and influenced foreign policy. His legacy came in the 1930s as he set the standard for reliable, non-partisan broadcast news. Later he managed to slip into Tibet, where he interviewed the Dalai Lama just before the Chinese invaded. His enterprising zeal led him to found Capital Cities, which eventually bought ABC before being sold itself to Disney for 17 Billion dollars .

Lowell Thomas’ journalism is the journalism today described– sometimes bitterly, sometimes reverently – as “mainstream journalism.” He was the original deep voiced omnipotent journalistic narrator: the first “voice of god.” But his journalism was not always traditional. This documentary will tell the story of its creation. Today as main stream news is brand an “enemy of the people” it is important understand how it evolved and appreciate how it underpins democratic society.


Friday December 7, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Anchorage Museum at Rasmusen Center 1110 W 8th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:00pm

Julia Blue
Julia is a photojournalism student living in Kyiv, immediately after the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. She is pursuing her studies in photojournalism with a goal of moving abroad to Germany. She continues her volunteerism at the Kyiv military hospital, though it begins to weigh on her. 


Friday December 7, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:00pm

Rich Kids
A group of troubled teens from a low-income community break into “Los Ricos”, the local mansion with a border fence, and spend the day pretending to be rich in order to forget their difficult lives.


Friday December 7, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

6:00pm

Magnetic North Series - Alaska Humanities Forum
In conjunction with the Alaska Humanities Forum and Rasmuson Foundation, the Anchorage International Film Festival invites you to explore the personality and character of three Alaskans whose actions and ideas have shaped the history, spirit, and values of our state. Collectively, they challenge preconceived notions of the Last Frontier, promote a richer understanding of its unique identity, and speak to our shared experience of life in contemporary Alaska.


Friday December 7, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Anchorage Museum at Rasmusen Center 1110 W 8th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Director Marla Williams
  • Buy Tickets Alaska Humanities Forum
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin USA / Made in Alaska

7:00pm

Don't Be Nice
A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016.
Mentored by a demanding coach who encourages them to push past their personal boundaries and write from a place of vulnerability, pain and honesty, the poets break down, break through and compose their best work ever. Timely and difficult, their spoken word slays—but will these soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd- pleasers for the title? Will opting to make a statement instead of a show spell their defeat? An emotional and inspiring film that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today, Don't Be Nice is both an absorbing competition doc and a vital writer's workshop that proves once and for all that winning hearts and minds is the ultimate prize.


Friday December 7, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

7:00pm

Life Coach - Short Docs
Bjarn Hates The Camera
Directed By: Weronika Nitsch
Country of Origin: Norway

“Bjarne Hates the Camera” is the story of a foreign filmmaker who invades the life of her neighbour Bjarne. Who is he? She asks him about life and death, hopes and dreams. He asks if she’s going to stop anytime soon. But when the woman behind the camera refuses to stop, a relationship rarely caught on film is born - full of absurdities, warmth and humour. And mostly just a bunch of unanswered questions. 

The Weight of Success
Directed By: M. Douglas Silverstein
Country of Origin: USA
The brutal truth about one controversial woman who built a self-help book empire while trying to prove to her family, and the world, that life coaches aren't a scam.


Friday December 7, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

9:00pm

Rodents of Unusual Size
The residents of Louisiana never know what will attack them next: floods, hurricanes, even monstrous swamp rats. Gigantic orange-toothed nutria are eating up the coastal wetlands, destroying the landscape, and threatening the very existence of the human population. This invasive South American species breeds faster than the roving squads of hunters and trappers can control them. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who let their land—and their livelihoods—recede into the Gulf without a fight. Meet fisherman turned bounty hunter Thomas Gonzales and a pack of colorful diehards as they defend their land, culture, and way of life against the unforgiving forces of nature. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.


Friday December 7, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

9:00pm

Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
An aspiring Romanian filmmaker obsessed with Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway goes to shocking extremes to convince Anne to star in his upcoming film.




Friday December 7, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
 
Saturday, December 8
 

11:00am

Introduction to SAG-AFTRA Low Budget and New Media Contracts
 
BIO
Shellea Loutsis-Allen has spent her life fighting for social justice working to bridge the collective powers of the film community and the labor movement.Shellea is the Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) in the Pacific Northwest. 
SAG-AFTRA is the labor union that represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, and singers. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. 
Shellea enjoys spending time in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest skiing, scuba diving, surfing and of course fighting for economic justice and equality! 
 
Introduction to SAG-AFTRA Low Budget and New Media Contracts.
 
As the media landscape continues to evolve and grow in new directions, our union contracts are changing to meet this new reality. This workshop is a great opportunity to join other industry professionals and brush up on the terms and conditions of the various SAG-AFTRA agreements including the Student Film Agreement, Short Film Agreement, Ultra Low Budget Agreement and Special New Media Agreement, as well as new regional contracts for commercials and corporate/educational.
 

Saturday December 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

11:00am

Family Animation
The Cosmospenguin in Sushiland (Austria)
Directed By: 
Luca Potskhishvili
The adventures of the Cosmospenguin (which is just on diet) lead him from his home planet Jupiter up to the light years distant, praised Sushiland. In search of a treasure he meets the frog (which suffers at iron deficiency). His trip to San Francisco ends in the chaos. In his visit in Vienna he saves together with the frog the squirrel (which can shout very loudly). On his odyssey in the desert he hits on the camel Simon (who needs no gasoline). For what is looking the Cosmospinguin on the Sushiland, seems at first unclear. Only after he has travelled around half a planet, finally, the sense of his trip becomes by him conscious …

Emmy & Goo Roo (China)
Directed By: Xin Yu

Emmy is our brave little hero. She is a 5-year-old girl and the only human little girl in the whole forest, which makes her extra special! Emmy loves exploring the fantastical world she lives in. GooRoo, a big, furry and huggable creature, takes care of her whenthey go out to play. They live together in a cute little house at the edge of the Magic Forest. Their world is full of fabulous creatures, such as animals and plants that can talk, dance...and even cook! Every day brings a brand new adventure and exiting challenges for Emmy and GooRoo to seek out and overcome in this inviting world.

Yuanfen (USA)
Directed By: Amanda Sparso

A heartwarming tale of adoption as seen through a child’s eyes.

Magic Play (USA)
Directed By: 
Natasha Cánepa
A shy boy wizard-in-training is forced into a play date with a witch girl who is unpredictable with her magic.

Playtime (United Kingdom)
Directed By: Toby Leung

A green grumpy monster is determined to keep his collection of toys neat on a shelf whilst an oblivious baby monster persistently attempts to play with them. The two are equally passionate about toys yet in polar-opposite ways, and they learn to cope with each other through a series of comedic interactions.

A Journey in Ink (India)
Directed By: Suyog Khadikar


Half socks (Argentina)
Directed By: Mariana Klyver

7-year-old Mathew has to find out why his socks dissapear. Suspecting his eldery neighbour Olga is involved in this mistery, he decides to sneak into her house.

Tobias Tatu (Brazil)
Directed By: Júnia Consani

Tobias Tatu is a short stop motion animation produced in patchwork, illustrating the joyful walk of Tobias, a beautiful and happy armadillo that just wants to play and roll.

Monster Bites (USA)
Directed By: Mackenzie Lancaster

A monster terrorizes a little girl in her room late at night, and she must find the courage to defeat it! But things are not as they seem...

Red & The Kingdom Of Sound (United Kingdom)
Directed By: Phil Gomm

Red & The Kingdom Of Sound is an animated adaptation of Benjamin Britten's 1945 composition, The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra.

Big Booom (Russian Federation)
Directed By: Marat Narimanov

The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

Dear Alice (USA)
Directed By: Matt Cerini

An unconfident artist must inspire a wide-eyed young girl to see the beauty in her sketch before the bus reaches his stop.

The One Way Journey (India)
Directed By: 
Suyog Khadikar
Mankind's leap to Mars! The future is here and people are leaving to explore the untouched - the last frontier! Simultaneously, a ten-year-old deals with an emotional turmoil of realizing that his father is also set on a 'One Way Journey'.

Too Much Rain (USA)
Directed By: 
Loraine Cernak
Into every life a little rain must fall, and can even be enjoyed but when the excess of nature comes flooding in, a little girl, her pet, and her world are swept away.

Jumbled Up (USA)
Directed By: 
Isabella Spadone
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, your words just come out a bit jumbled up.

Dogbin (Iran)
Directed By: Atoosa Ghaffari

This is a story about a hotdog loving recycle bin.

Children of the Weather (Argentina)
Directed By: Grisel Docirziw

A couple of kids who express their emotions through weather.

Gone Through Water (Argentina)
Directed By: Nicolas Quintar Riboli

A cricket is surprised by an unexepected rain.

Tend (United Kingdom)
Directed By: Tom Judd

Tend tells the story of a man and his daughter living peacefully in the forest, until one day their familiar routine begins to fall apart. As the father struggles to keep the fire burning, he loses sight of what’s truly important – and spirals into an obsession with the flames.

Slick Stan (USA)
Directed By: Sam Roth

In this brief, animated commercial parody, Slick Stan the Summer of Love Salesman pitches his new product to the flower power crowd.

The Big Oak Tree (USA)
Directed By: Jamison M. LoCascio

After losing his home due to construction a small bird must make a big journey to find a new home.

Climate Change (USA)
Directed By: James Gregg

An animated video on climate change.

Saturday December 8, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Z.J. Loussac Public Library 3600 Denali St, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA

1:00pm

Crash Course Screenwriting Workshop
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. 

Speakers
DB

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
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

1:00pm

The Cleaners
Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers”, among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts.
Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship? THE CLEANERS struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm. Evolving from a shared social vision of a global village to a web of fake news and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media’s utopian ideology.


Saturday December 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

1:00pm

Made in Alaska - Short Films
Termination Dust: White Walls
Directed by: Ryan Syvertson

Music video for Alaskas own "Termination Dust" and their song " White Walls"

Bodies of Water
Directed by: Maya Salganek

“Bodies of Water” is an exploration into loss, grief, guilt, and the confrontation of fear. The story follows Leona, a young woman who fails to prevent a tragedy. After running away from home, she becomes involved with a vaudevillian performance troupe, through which she confronts her darkest fears.

Last Request
Directed by: Hannah Pratt

Last Request follows Eli and Maya, lifelong friends who spend the weekend at Eli’s family cabin and accidentally awaken the soul of Eli’s great uncle Sam. Surrounded by the Alaskan wilderness, they must free Sam’s soul or Maya will drown in the icy waters of the Kenai.

Rocket
Directed by: Tyson Paris-Hansen

Trying to launch a rocket

Dear Satan
Directed by: Mika McCrary

Satan, Santa: how much difference does one letter make?

Wild Ice - Back Country Skating Alaska
Directed by: Paxson Woelber

"Backcountry skating" is the practice of hunting for wild ice, whether on on a river, lake, glacial lagoon, or inside an ice cave. Filmed in southcentral and southeast Alaska over the course of two winters, "Wild Ice" features members of Alaska's backcountry skating community including nordic bladers, hockey players, and figure skaters. Shot locations include Kenai Lake, the Portage Lagoons, Turnagain Arm, Wasilla Lake, Sheridan Glacier, Byron Glacier, and Portage Glacier

A Herring Opera
Directed by: Tessa Schmidt

In the small coastal town of Sitka, Alaska, the most dramatic signal of spring is the arrival of the herring. Massive fishing boats arrive from out of town to vie for the 'million dollar set,' local Alaska natives prepare to harvest herring eggs in the traditional way, and thousands of whales, seals and eagles crowd the ocean to eat the herring. This short nonfiction film presents all the bustle of springtime in Sitka in an operatic form, using classic opera pieces as a score of this modern but timeless struggle between nature, tradition, and technology.



Saturday December 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

2:00pm

Screenwriting Panel / Pitch Fest
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

2:00pm

After School Special - Weekend Edition
As part of the Anchorage International Film Festival, Alaska Teen Media Institute is hosting its annual Youth Film Festival “After School Special.” We’ll screen films directed and produced by Alaska youth (ages 21 and under) on a big screen at a local venue.

This is an incredible opportunity for youth filmmakers to have their work shown on a big screen in front of a live audience, and be a part of an international film festival!

We are now accepting submissions! The deadline to submit is November 26th, 2018.

Films must be under 10 minutes long and have been completed within the last year.
You can submit your film via email or dropbox to news@alaskateenmedia.org. All standard digital file types are acceptable, just make sure they’re HD.
Or you can mail in a DVD or Blu-Ray copy to:
Alaska Teen Media Institute
203 W. 15th Suite 103
Anchorage, AK 99501

Please fill out this Release Form and submit it with your movie.
The screening will take place during the festival, which is November 30th – December 9th, 2018. The exact date, time, and location is TBD. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at news@alaskateenmedia.org or call us at (907) 272-2864.
More updates to come soon!

Saturday December 8, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Anchorage Museum at Rasmusen Center 1110 W 8th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

2:00pm

Climate Change in Alaska
Climate Change Alaska: Documentary
Directed by: Tom Burke
Country of Origin: USA / Alaska

 The story of the people of Newtok, some three hundred and seventy five Americans citizens whose homes are disappearing. As winter storms grow more fierce each year and steal more of the coastline, summer meltwaters surge down the Ninglick river and erode the edges of the town. Rising temperatures are melting the permafrost on which the town is built. Our film follows their efforts to build a new town on safer ground before the inevitable flood washes their homes away.

Children of The Dig
Directed by: Joshua Branstetter
Country of Origin: USA / Alaska
In 2009, a 500-year-old artifact was discovered on the beach outside of Quinhagak, Alaska, opening the door to the most productive archaeological dig in Arctic history with 60,000 artifacts recovered so far. In 2009, the site was 50 feet from the ocean. Today it is ten.

Saturday December 8, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Z.J. Loussac Public Library 3600 Denali St, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA

3:00pm

American Relapse
AMERICAN RELAPSE is a feature documentary about the ripped-from-the-headlines heroin epidemic and the corrupt underground rehab industry that has sprung up around it in Southern Florida. This, on-the-ground documentary follows the day-to-day struggle of recovering addicts Allie and Frankie attempting to place addicts in treatment, but can they stay clean themselves?

Saturday December 8, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

3:00pm

Things Left Behind - Short Docs
Manilla High - Life in Company of Death
Directed by: Anders Palm Olesen
Country of Origin: Denmark

The short documentary, Manila High - Life in Company With Death, portrays four gravediggers from Pasay City Cemetery and their work constructing “Duterte Compound”, a new government-funded grave-complex for the victims of Tokhang. The gravediggers, who live on and in the cemetery’s graves, are breathing the same smog of fear creeping throughout the slums: These graves they are building could end up being their own. They’ve all lost close friends in the past year of Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’... in the slums, everyone is a suspected drug addict.

LIFEBOAT
Directed by: Skye Fitzgerald
Country of Origin: USA

LIFEBOAT showcases the crisis of refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya in the middle of the night and pushing off into the unknown, despite a high probability of drowning.

True Love, True Crime, and an American Bus
Directed by: Nicholas Coles
Country of Origin: USA

True crime and true love collide on a rundown tour bus in this film about an eccentric couple and their quest to preserve Los Angeles history one crime scene at a time.

My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes
Directed by: Charlie Tyrell
Country of Origin: Canada

Filmmaker Charlie Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late-father through the personal belongings he left behind... including a stack of VHS dirty movies. Narrated by David Wain.

A Garbage Story
Directed by: Oliver Bernier
Country of Origin: USA

Meet Nick DiMola, a bonafide trash connoisseur. He loves his job and he loves garbage. Over 30 years in the garbage business, he has collected a museum’s worth of old and rare items, most of it from the estates of dead people. With every piece of trash that he saves from the landfill, a piece of history lives on.

War and Cheese
Directed by: Ben Garfield
Country of Origin: United Kingdom

“I heard destiny calling… I was going to be a cheesemaker.” When Oleg Sirota discovered his native Russia was banning all Western cheese imports, he quit his IT job in Moscow, sold his house and cars, took out a $100k loan and set about building a cheese factory in the snowy wilderness. “Russian Parmesan” was born.

Saturday December 8, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

3:00pm

Year of the Woman - Shorts
Sirene
Directed By: Zara Dwinger
Country of Origin: Netherlands

SIRENE is a film about confusion, friendship and becoming who you are. The 15-year old Kay lives a boy's life in between roaring motorcross bikes.When the enchanting Melody sails into his life on a big boat, their flourishing friendship lures him towards this dormant feeling. When it turns out they both had a different idea about their friendship, Kay doesn't know what to feel and to do anymore. He decides to drastically go against his feelings and Kay gets even more tangled up in his own confusion...

#barewithme
Directed By: Ulla Heikkilä
Country of Origin: Finland

MADDE, 30, is out shopping with her best friends AURA and JULIA, when she suddenly sees a dark figure from the past: her ex-bff ELSI. Traumatized and panicked, Madde tries to hide. However, her friends won't let her, and she is forced to make peace with her past. It's Elsi's turn to listen.

Amaajii
Directed By: Samara Lerman
Country of Origin: USA

Amaajii, a Mongolian medical student on her way to study in Australia witnesses a vision from the past that threatens everything she thought she knew.

The Animal
Directed By: Sebastian Kass
Country of Origin: France

Siri, 15, receives a call from child protection services who have heard that she might be facing problems in her family. A visit is planned at her house on Saturday. Siri has two days to regain control over her life and give the illusion of a healthy and happy family environment. She receives the help of her friend Arne whom she is in love with. But when the rumor that she sells canabis starts to circulate, everything races and Siri’s world collapses. Alone and flanked by an unmanageable big brother, Siri, guided by a stubborn love, rebels against the community, the child protection services and the animal lurking deep inside her.


Saturday December 8, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:00pm

hillbilly
In "hillbilly" directors Sally Rubin and Ashley York show the evolution of the uneducated, promiscuous `hillbilly' stereotype in film and television, linking it with corporate exploitation of Appalachia’s natural resources and the outcome of the recent presidential election. The film seeks to illuminate the experience of white rural voters and to expand cultural understanding of the region, showcasing the African-American Affrilachian Poets workshop and the Appalachian Media Institute at Appalshop, where queer young adults find community and refuge. “hillbilly” aims to challenge viewers perception of Appalachia and to offer folks within the region a cinematic portrayal of which they can be proud, ultimately creating dialogue between urban and rural America.


Saturday December 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

5:00pm

Sudsy Slim Rides Again
"Sudsy Slim Rides Again" is the tale of a small Alaskan town by the name of Scratcher Pass. Unfortunately, Scratcher Pass’ boom days as the world’s largest asbestos mining operation have long since faded. 
The only thing keeping this little community alive is its feeble tourist industry. The main attraction? Scratcher Pass’ most famous resident, the 100-year-old corpse of conman Sudsy Slim. However, when two escaped prisoners stumble into town, Sudsy mysteriously ends up missing and the townsfolk panic. That’s when Agent Sherman of the Alaska Bureau of Criminal Detection is reluctantly dragged in to investigate.


Saturday December 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Official Website https://www.sudsyslim.com
  • Director G. Logan Dellinger
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin USA

7:00pm

Animation Program 2
Blue Tomorrow (Mavi Yarin) (Turkey)
Directed by: Numan Ayaz
A man who lives alone on his island goes on an unknown journey caused by rising ocean. After witnessing a catastrophe on the way, he finds hope again with other people.But when the ocean rises again this time he makes an unexpected decision to an another unknown.

God's Plan (USA)

Directed by: SunHee Jung
One after the other, they try to trump each other’s sadistic fantasies, and even a stranger’s suggestion to let the creature loose, turns out to be a sick manipulation. But as the macabre game unfolds and spirals out of control, both victim and tormentor suffer the same fate.

Meeting MacGuffin (USA)

Directed by: Catya Plate
In a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has fallen apart, a group of scientists and an animated sign complete the construction of a new human race and meet a groundhog climatologist who prepares them for their mission to restore balance to the decimated Earth.

Pharaoh (USA)
Directed by: Derrick Forkel

In a legacy of tradition, a newly ordained Pharaoh must learn and decide what kind of ruler she wants to be for her people.

The Dreamcatcher (USA)
Directed by: Angeline Rivera, Hee Hye Moon, and Meiying Zhou
Not Available

Ready for a Baby (Australia)
Directed by: Anastasia Dyakova
A young woman in her thirties feels very happy and excited – she has a partner, everything in her life is under control, so now is the perfect time to have a baby. It should be easy and natural, with love and fun and everything else … right?

Beware of the Sad Man (Australia)
Directed by: Benny Goldman
A man battling depression, is faced with a happy-go-lucky, whose attempts at cheering him up don't seem to be making any difference.

Nouvelle Cuisine (Spain)
Directed by: Manuel Reyes Halaby
A chef that loves his job and enjoys the delicacies he cooks, is preparing a very different menu for a peculiar group of clients.

Sarah (USA)
Directed by: Shenny Chen
This is a story of a mysterious little girl, who collects glass bottles from the ocean. With each bottle she collects she hangs them under a gazebo at the end of a dock. However, on this particular day another bottle falls from the sky into the ocean, with a glowing note inside.

Wonderland (USA)
Directed by: Jing Huang and Zhaowen Peng
Luke is a 7-year-old boy. He wanders through a wonderland.

The Story of a Motorbike (China)
Directed by: JunQing DuanMu
This is a story about a motorbike which is always wanted to go back to the past.

Mutti (France)
Directed by: Hugues Brière
Not Available

Naranja (Columbia)
Directed by: Hanna Isua Barrantes Sánchez
Naranja is a woman that endures daily street harassment and catcalling; the constant sexualization and objectification of her body is reflected on the spots that these violent acts leave over it. Naranja will have to react before the stains consume her.

Red Omen - Ed Roman (United Kingdom)
Directed by: Phil Gomm
Red & The Kingdom Of Sound is an animated adaptation of Benjamin Britten's 1945 composition, The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra.


Saturday December 8, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

7:00pm

Global Village Shorts
Fauve (Canada)
Directed by: Jeremy Comte
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Welcome Home (Norway)

Directed by: Armita Keyani
Set in the North of Norway, an Iranian refugee couple invite two Jehovah's Witnesses in when they knock on their door.

Winter Waltz (Canada)

Directed by: Gab Germano
After a minor fight, Dan and Elise decide to spend the weekend on their chalet in the countryside. Once there, not only they find a cold and icy place, but they also realize the unexpected presence of their friends, Jean-François and Françoise. The evening to come will be a waltz of emotions.

Paco (Mexico)

Directed by: Javier Blanco
Paco in his dark innocence and simplicity questions us and makes us ask ourselves questions which are both necessary and pointless. What gives your life meaning? Could it be that the meaning we are looking for is not found with the approaches we are using? When I give it all, is there still something that terrifies me? Am I still running away? If I had all the answers to these questions, would they be meaningful or would they just be somebody else’s answers and thus they have no meaning for me? Perhaps -and it’s just another useless hypothesis- the meaning we are looking for, the love and dedication as well as the path itself are not different or separate things and can only be found when there is nowhere else to run to, when there is nothing left of whom we were. This is Paco’s story.

Beyond Money (Spain)

Directed by: Kike Maíllo
In a near future where people can sell and buy experiences stored in their memory, we met Lucía, a young and rich woman who, apparently, has the life we all want to have.

About The Birds and the Bees (Finland)

Directed by: J.J. Vanhanen
A quiet farmer father and his son set out on a trip to the pharmacy after the teen has a little accident with his girlfriend.

Saturday December 8, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

9:00pm

Late Night Animation - AET Small
Journeys through Space and Time
Directed by: Ankita Panda
Country of Origin: USA

‘Journeys through Space and Time’ looks at the literal and figurative association of a journey with change. It explores change in direction, perspective and repeating patterns in nature by placing the viewer in the center of a virtual 3D kaleidoscope.

Wildebeest
Directed by: Nicholas Keppens
Country of Origin: Belgium

Going on a safari is a dream for many. For middle-aged couple Linda and Troyer, it turns into a horribly real adventure when they get left behind in the wilderness.

Voicing CSA: The Mouse
Directed by: Katie Steed
Country of Origin: United Kingdom

A short film to raise awareness for Voicing CSA and The Truth Project, a charity that works to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their voice.

Beware of the Sad Man
Directed by: Benny Goldman
Country of Origin: Australia

A man battling depression, is faced with a happy-go-lucky, whose attempts at cheering him up don't seem to be making any difference.

Everything Changes
Directed by: Geoff Marslett
Country of Origin: USA

The film is a stream of 1089 individual connected consciousnesses. This doodle spans 15 years and includes more than 33,000 individual drawings of ink on paper.

FALL APART
Directed by: Mark Crane
Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Music video for the band 'Nervus' Em Foster, Paul Etienne, Karl Woods and Jack Kenny.

Hi-Five the Cactus
Directed by: Christopher Allan Thomas
Country of Origin: USA

A small desert town suffers a devastatingly-disastrous-drought.
Their only hope is an old-cactus, for whom this story is about.
His selfless-sacrifice could keep the dusty-town alive.
Let me introduce you to a cactus named Hi-Five!

Vehicle Emotions Test
Directed by: Paul Scott
Country of Origin: Canada

In a post-apocalyptic world a car has a bad day.

Dolor
Directed by: Ana Akana
Country of Origin: USA

A girl chases death through the 7 stages of grief to try and save her lost sibling.

Modellastry
Directed by: Risto Kutt
Country of Origin: Estonia

A film about a young woman with a wooden hand who desperately is trying to become a model. Cause' of her own standards and fashion designers weirdness she doesn't want to take the work. Until one day her perfect dream comes true by signing a contract she doesn't read through carefully.

Chicken Work

Directed by: Patrick Neary
Country of Origin: USA

A Government program to retrain unemployed chickens falls short of its goals.

Conversation

Directed by: Star Bazancir
Country of Origin: Sweden

A peculiar conversation in space between man and God. What does it mean to possess and lose, to grow up, to age and die? After a series of flashbacks the conversation gets an unexpected turn and there is nothing left to grasp - there has never been anything to grasp. This is a story based on a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

Fuse

Directed by: Shadi Adib
Country of Origin: Germany

A mousetrap snaps shut, a market place awakens. A group of men heatedly discuss how to kill the animal in the little box. One after the other, they try to trump each other’s sadistic fantasies, and even a stranger’s suggestion to let the creature loose, turns out to be a sick manipulation. But as the macabre game unfolds and spirals out of control, both victim and tormentor suffer the same fate. 

Black Dog

Directed by: Joshua Tuthill
Country of Origin: USA

Utilizing archival footage and stop-motion animation, Black Dog is set during the US and USSR space race of the 1960's amidst a time of heated social and political tension. Two brothers must deal with the sudden loss of their parents. As one falls into the darkness of a troubled marriage, the other must find an escape from the evil that is devouring his family.

Poached

Directed by: Isabel Waller
Country of Origin: USA

A bird encounters a hand grenade in the forest which she thinks is an egg and tries to hatch it.

Little Olive Best Buds

Directed by: Paul Scott
Country of Origin: Canada

An Adventure with friends.

Saturday December 8, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

9:00pm

The Last Fiction
Based on classic Persian literature, The Shahnameh by Ferdowsi (The Book of Kings) the film follows upstart ruler Zahak’s treacherous rise to the thrown in Jamkard (ancient Persia) and naïve Afaridoun, the young hero who will save the kingdom and people from the darkness. Zahak, who made a Faustian pack to control the thrown is now haunted by his evil deeds. His recent nightmares and now a told prophecy of how a young man he wronged in the past will rise up against him has him worried and unstable, jeopardising everything. However, Afaridoun must first conquer his own inner demons before he can battle Zahak’s dark forces to be the hero of Jamkard and restore peace to the kingdom and fulfil the prophecy. Ancient Persian mythology that unveils human nature.


Saturday December 8, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

9:00pm

Miss Arizona
A former pageant queen embarks on an all-night adventure with four unlikely friends she meets while volunteering at a women's shelter.


Saturday December 8, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

10:30pm

5 Day Film Royal
Participants are given 5 days to completely produce a film - writing, shooting, editing - everything! Films must also incorporate three prompts that are announced at the start of the competition. Prompts may consist of lines, actions, props, themes, etc.

This event sells out EVERY YEAR! Do not miss this event. It is a night full of laughs, blank stares and awe! 


Saturday December 8, 2018 10:30pm - Sunday December 9, 2018 12:30am
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA
 
Sunday, December 9
 

11:30am

Sunday Awards Brunch
Come celebrate our 2018 filmmakers and screenwriters with The Anchorage International Film Festival! Doors open at 11:00 and brunch at 11:30. Have a mimosa and spark up a conversation with our visiting filmmakers! Organic Oasis is catering with sweet treats from Sweet Caribou! We will be announcing our jury winners as well as our audience choice! The cost is $10 for passholders or $20 without a pass.




Sunday December 9, 2018 11:30am - 2:00pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

2:30pm

2018 Documentary Winner - Rodents of Unusual Size
Sunday December 9, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

2:30pm

On the Tip of the Tongue - World Premiere
On The Tip of The Tongue (Sur Le Bout De La Langue)
Directed by: Vincent Bonnay


"AwA'ahdah", "iishuh", "ilah qe'xleh" ... Words from the end of the world, forgotten, that have almost lost any meaning, even to their people. In Alaska, the Eyak language "died" in 2008 when the last speaker, Chef Marie Smith Jones, passed away.
But is there life after death? The Eyak people believe so.
Chef Marie had a dream before she died. She said someone will come from far away to help them. Two years later, Guillaume Leduey, a 21-year-old Frenchman, set foot in Alaska, on the lands of the people whose language he had learned by himself, alone, in France.


Sunday December 9, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Director Vincent Bonnay
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes

4:30pm

Audience Choice Award Winner - Don’t Be Nice
Sunday December 9, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

4:30pm

1945 - AET Large
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back.

Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they’ve experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain. A superb ensemble cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama that reiterates Thomas Wolfe’s famed sentiment: you can’t go home again.


Sunday December 9, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  • Official Website https://www.menemshafilms.com/1945
  • Director Ferenc Török
  • Buy Tickets Alaska Jewish Heritage Museum
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film TBD
  • Country of Origin Hungary

6:30pm

Feature Award Winner - Julia Blue
Sunday December 9, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA