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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Documentary Shorts Programming [clear filter]
Friday, December 7

3:00pm AKST

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.

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.

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 AKST
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  Documentary Shorts Programming
  • Director Mikael Lypinski
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin Poland

7:00pm AKST

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 AKST
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
Saturday, December 8

3:00pm AKST

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.

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 AKST
E Street Theater 315 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA