| 2004 was another successful
Wow! 2004 was an amazingly successful year for our little festival! We were blown away by the support of our film-loving community and our generous sponsors, like the Anchorage Daily News and Walsh Sheppard Flynn. Most importantly, we were blown away by the quality of the films we received this year. Thanks to each and every one who attended, sponsored, or volunteered to make the 2004 festival come together to be better than ever.
festival was our 4th annual go at it...Way back at the turn of this last
century, our intrepid founder Tony Sheppard threw a little site on the
web asking filmmakers to submit their films to a brand new festival on
the world canvas. The global response was phenomenal. Our premiere year
in 2001 saw over 300 entries pour in unsolicited. We screened over 100
films in 10 days with about 1,500 attendees. Since that auspicious beginning
we have received nearly twice as many films annually and have watched
our attendance double.
we kicked festivities off at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
with an Opening Night Gala on December 3rd on the Discovery Theatre Stage,
followed by a sneak preview of the fest. Plus, our stalwart founding screens
at the Alaska Experience and Earthquake Theatres provided a home for the
wealth of documentaries we received.
Thanks again, Anchorage, for another great year!