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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Sunday, December 2

5:30pm AKST

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 AKST
Alaska Experience Theatre 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
  Film, Open to Public
Thursday, December 6

2:30pm AKST

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 AKST
Bear Tooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA
Friday, December 7

6:00pm AKST

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.

  Film, Special Screening
  • Director Marla Williams
  • Buy Tickets Alaska Humanities Forum
  • Q&A or Presentation w/ Film Yes
  • Country of Origin USA / Made in Alaska
Sunday, December 9

2:30pm AKST

4:30pm AKST