Anchorage International Film Festival

E V E N T S

Opening Night Gala

This is your chance to make a personal connection with our international guests and welcome them with the warmth and enthusiasm that Alaskans are known for. And if you’re a filmmaker voyaging to our beautiful northern city, this is a chance to start your adventure with celebration and recognition of your talent and dedication to the art of independent film. Come dance the night away!

Catering by Mo's O'Brady's on Huffman

Friday , December 5 at 9 PM • Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive
$18 • Free with All Events Pass

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Canadian Film Reception hosted by the Consulate of Canada - Anchorage

Please join us for a reception following the 8 PM screening of The Stone Angel at the Bear Tooth. Meet visiting Canadian filmmakers and some of our neighbors to the south. Hosted h'ourdourves and wine from Canada.

Tuesday, December 9 at 10 PM - Bear Tooth Theatre

Free with film admission or all events pass

The Gay-La

After screening party, meet and greet with Portland filmmaker James Bolton who directed Dream Boy. No host bar.

Wednesday, December 10 at 10 PM - Mad Myrna's - 530 East Fifth Ave.

No cover

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Martini Matinee

Come in from the cold and join the fun! It’s our short-attention-span cinema for the fabulous cosmo
film crowd! These films are not the usual mix. A movie trivia contest with some great prizes
will be part of the afternoon's festivities.

Friday December 12 at 3 PM • Mixx Grill, Inlet Towers, 1200 L Street
$5 • Free with All Events Pass • Limited seating!

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Golden Oosikar Awards Ceremony

The culmination of the AIFF is the Golden Oosikar Awards Ceremony. The diverse competition juries,
comprised of individuals from our community with original and objective points of view, select films to
receive our honorary awards. It’s our chance to recognize the best AIFF filmmakers for their commitment to the art of filmmaking and supporting the Festival by sharing their vibrant visions with the film lovers of Alaska. The audience awards are for feature films and feature length documentaries.
These will be announced on the last day of the festival with encore screenings at the Bear Tooth.

Saturday, December 13 at 9 PM • Middle Way Cafe (Northern Lights Center)
$15 • Free with All Events Pass

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WORKSHOPS

Filmmaker Workshop with Andrew MacLean
Director and Writer of Sikumi (On The Ice).

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is an Inupiaq filmmaker born and raised in Alaska. He has traveled to North and South America, Europe and New Zealand, worked in Siberia as a biological research assistant and was a member of the Egasak whaling crew in Barrow. Sikumi won the 2008 Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking in the Sundance Film Festival. The workshop will focus on the making of Sikumi: working with a film crew, a 35 mm camera and the special preparation and handling it took to function in minus 20-degree temperatures.

Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 PM - Out North

$7 or free with all festival pass

Quick Freeze Film Project

This year we’ve added more fun for local filmmakers with our Quick Freeze film project. In a nutshell
the Quick Freeze is a chance to create a three to five minute film, a theme will be given online on December 5th. You have five days to complete the film. It will then be presented in a film forum setting, with a prize for the best film. The best Quick Freeze Film will also screen at the Bear Tooth on the last day of the Festival. Contact Mike Allison for questions, Mike.allison@anchoragefilmfestival.org.

Friday, December 12 at 8:00 PM - Out North

Free for Quick Freeze film makers, $7 general admission or free with All Festival Pass

Filmmaker Workshop with Jan Louter
Director of The Last Days of Shishmaref

Jan Louter, of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, now has 25 documentaries to his name, varying in length from 50 to 8 minutes. Many of his long and short documentaries have been displayed at national and international film festivals and sold to foreign TV stations. The workshop will focus on documentary filmmaking, from creation to distribution. He will discuss the making of The Last Days of Shishmaref: giving the viewer entry by way of a third eye; the friendships made over the several years of traveling to and working with the villagers of Shishmaref; and some of the difficulties of filmmaking in such a remote location.

Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 AM - Out North

$7 or free with all festival pass

Animation For Everyone:
Understanding the Illusion of Life


The Consulate of Canada is proud to sponsor this workshop by Jeff Chiba Stearns, an independent
animation filmmaker, writer and artist who founded Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. and has explored
multiethnic issues in award-winning animated short films. Award-winning animation filmmaker Jeff
Chiba Stearns will help demystify animation by explaining the process from pre-visualization to the
completed film. Using screenings, demonstrations and lecture material he will illuminate how to use
traditional classical animation to create original and unique films.

Saturday, December 13 at 3:00 PM - Out North

$7 or free with all festival pass

AWARD WINNING SCREENINGS

Best Feature Film selected by the film festival jury

The jury award for the best feature film running in competion will be announced on Wednesday, December 10 and screened on Saturday, December 13. The winner will receive their award at the Golden Oosikar Awards Ceremony.

Film: Streetsweeper

Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 PM - Bear Tooth Theatre

Audience Award - Documentary Film

The AIFF audience gets to choose the best documentary film plus second place and runner's up from all official selections. Balloting will take place at each screening so make sure you get your ballot, vote and return it to the film festival host at the end of the screening.

Film: The Wrecking Crew

Sunday, December 14 at 5:30 PM - Bear Tooth Theatre

Audience Award - Feature Film

The AIFF audience gets to choose the best feature film plus second place and runner's up from all official selections. Balloting will take place at each screening so make sure you get your ballot, vote and return it to the film festival host at the end of the screening.

Film: Coyote

Sunday, December 14 at 8:00 PM - Bear Tooth Theatre