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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Wednesday, December 5

5:30pm AKST

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 AKST
Anchorage Museum at Rasmusen Center 1110 W 8th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  Documentary, Special Screening
  • 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 AKST

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 AKST
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  Documentary, Special Screening
  • 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
Friday, December 7

4:00pm AKST

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.

  Documentary, Special Screening