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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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Animation [clear filter]
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
 
Thursday, December 6
 

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
 
Saturday, December 8
 

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

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

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