Special Events

The Quick Freeze Film Project

Saturday, Dec. 12, 3 PM / Out North Theatre

Procrastinators beware: The Quick Freeze project demand action and execution, not perfection and good intentions. In the exhilarating challenge, you learn the theme one day and produce a film for screening five days later. All the Quick Freeze films will show in a forum setting with a prize for the best film, which will also show at the Bear Tooth during the Awards Gala on December 13. This year’s Quick Freeze theme is 1920’s fashion and Musical Instruments which must be incorporated into the film, films can be no longer than 5 minutes. Films must be completed by Saturday December 12th and turned in by 3 PM at the Out North Theatre, your DVD is also your admission to the program.  If your DVD does not play you will be disqualified.

Films must incorporate the theme in some way. Please contact Cody Nipper with further questions.  Cody@anchoragefilmfestival.org


Golden Oosikar Awards Ceremony
Bear Tooth

The AIFF awards ceremony winds up the competition portion of the film festival. The diverse competition juries, comprised of individuals from our community with original and objective points of view, select films to receive our honorary awards. The AIFF audience also judges feature narratives, feature length documentaries and feature length animation in our audience awards competition. At the AIFF awards ceremony we recognize the best AIFF filmmakers with the Golden Oossiker Awards (jury prize) for their commitment to the art of filmmaking and supporting the Festival by sharing their vibrant visions with the film lovers of Alaska.

You are invited to come dressed  in costume as your favorite movie character,  those arriving in costume will receive a complimentary drink ticket. Costumes will be judged for prizes during the midway break.

Tickets are $18 or free entry with ALL FILMS &  EVENTS PASS.
Sunday, December 13, Doors open at 7:30 / Gala starts at 8:00 pm


Wilda Marston Theatre at the Loussac Library

The family program is a special event for families with children of all ages to come and enjoy selections from the festival that specifically engage a youth audience with educational and family oriented content. With everything from animation to super-shorts and documentaries, this diverse program is a great chance for families to see a little bit of everything that the festival has to offer.

The Youth Media Forum is an opportunity for young filmmakers from Alaska to showcase their work. With this program, AIFF hopes to engage the youth media production community, creating an annual event for young filmmakers and the organizations that support them to share their work and receive feedback from an audience of their peers. The Youth Media Forum is also an opportunity for youth and their parents to learn about the various programs that allow young people to learn to make videos and have access to production facilities. We hope to hear a lot of interest at this event.

Sponsored by NEA-Alaska

 Saturday, Dec. 12, 10:30 AM – 6 PM – Free admission


Filmmaking 101

 Sunday, Dec. 13,  1:30 PM at the Alaska Experience 2

Neil Mansfield, director of Streetsweeper, winner of the 2008 Golden Oosikar for best feature film.

A good film begins with inspiration and vision. What is your message? Who is your audience? How do you make your film fulfill the needs of both? This introductory workshop will focus on things you want to know about developing and executing a vision in film.

Get Real: A Short Course in Documentary Filmmaking

 Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 PM / Out North Theatre

Robyn Bliley, director of the feature-length documentary, Circus Rosaire.

How does a documentary filmmaker choose subject matter, sketch out the story and stay true to real life? Find out the basics of directing, producing and acting in documentary films and fire away with questions of your own.