Anchorage International Film Festival


What’s better than a short documentary? Nothing. It’s a fantastic, fun, and (most importantly, to some) quick way to educate yourself on a new topic. We’ve compiled our favorites to entertain you and broaden your horizons. In this year’s short programs, you will find examples of stunning heroism and love alongside some of the more whimsical means of self-expression. Enjoy!

Kelly Gwynn & Doug Griffin,

Co-Directors of Documentary Programming


Tuesday, December 9 at 5:30 PM - Anchorage Museum

Health, Peace and Happiness

Singapore - 24 min. - Documentary short - In Competition

Date completed 2008

Details an endearing story of friendship between two  terminally ill women involving their families and the staff of the hospital.

Look at Me

Canada, 45 min. – Documentary short

Directed by Julianne Hazlewood

Date completed May 2007


An honest and striking glimpse into the realities of being a child with fetal alcohol syndrome.

City of Cranes

UK, 14 min. – Documentary short - In Competition

Directed by Eva Weber

Date completed August 2007

An unparalleled and unique view of London - through the eyes and words of crane drivers.


Saturday, December 6 at 6:15 PM - Anchorage Museum

Mature Themes

Severing the Soul

USA – 18 min. – Documentary short

Date completed January 2008


Found footage interweaves an account of Rosemary Kennedy’s lobotomy procedure in 1941 with an overview of the psychosurgery movement of the 1930’s-1960’s in the US.

MIPCOM Picks: Bploi wai dtaai: Leave Her To Die

Leave Her to Die

Canada, 49 min. – Documentary short feature - In Competition

Directed by Antonia Thomson

Date completed August 2008

An HIV-infected child was abandoned in an orphanage in Northern Thailand Her medical chart read: Leave Her to Die, but one remarkable woman’s story proves that love itself can and is... saving lives.

In the Wake of the Belgica

Directed by Simon Arazi

USA - 55 min. - Documentary short - Snowdance selection

Date completed 2008

An international crew of seven adventurers retraces the saga of the 1897 Belgica expedition to Antarctica, discovering along the way how the past and present connect in surreal ways.


Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 PM - Fireweed Theatre

Reefer Madness  

Canada – 23 min. – Documentary short - In Competition

Directed by Steve Hanson

Date Completed: May 2008


Reefer Madness follows Canadian graffiti artist, Fatso, on a journey across the continent to track down the rarest refrigerator boxcars shedding some light on the most recent and unlikely movement in freight train graffiti.

Monster Dudes

USA – 22 min. – Documentary short - In Competition

Date completed 2008

Documents Boise’s avant-garde noise rock band Monster Dudes.

The Frozen City

USA, 21 min. – Documentary short

Directed by Alex Perez
Date completed January 2008


For eight consecutive years, Winnipeg, Manitoba, the coldest city on earth with a population greater than 600,000, has been crowned “Slurpee Capital of the World” by 7-Eleven for consuming more Slurpees than anywhere else on the globe. Welcome to the Frozen City.

Splitting Hairs

Germany/USA – 28 min. – Documentary short - In Competition

Directed by F. Stone Roberts

Date Completed September 2008


Splitting Hairs is a documentary about the American invasion of the World Beard and Moustache Championships.