Travel Info

Updated 11/27/09

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AIFF Official Host Hotel
Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites
1200 L Street

Filmmaker Hospitality Suite
Located at the Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites. The suite will be open 11am-9pm beginning Dec. 3 through the first weekend of the festival, 2pm-8pm during the week, then 11am-9pm for the final weekend.  If you are a filmmaker or a special guest, this is where you will go to pick up your hospitality bag and festival credentials. Please inquire at the hotel front desk for the suite location. This suite is only available for filmmakers, talent, media, special guests and AIFF volunteers and staff.

The Inlet Tower is offering a $59 a night rate. You may book reservations on the hotel’s website. Navigate to the Reservations link and click “corporate reservations” at the bottom of the page, then  type in the code AFF.  If you have any trouble at all, or would like to speak to a person, call the toll-free reservation line at 800-544-0786 and mention AIFF09. The Inlet Towers is conveniently located to most of the AIFF venues;
Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W. 27th Ave. 1.6 miles (by car)
Alaska Experience Theatre, 333 W. 4th Ave. 1.1 miles (by car)
Anchorage Museum, 121 West 7th Ave (old entrance) 1 mile (by car)
Out North, 3800 DeBarr Road, 3.3 miles (by car)

The AIFF has also secured a $55 rate at the Copper Whale Inn, 440 L Street, (866) 258-7999. Mention AIFF09 for the special rate.

If you plan on visiting us for AIFF this year, please complete the online questionnaire so that our hospitality team can be better prepared to assist you.

Airlines fares to Anchorage: Believe or not, airlines update their fares 4 times a day so a price you find in the morning could change by that night. To compare fares and itineraries on various airlines we recommend  You can use the farewatcher feature to alert you to daily fare changes.

Festival dates to plan around:
Obviously, you are coming to represent your film. While the online schedule won’t be available until November 15 the schedule has been set. Please contact your programmer to verify the days that your film will screen.

Opening night gala is a huge glamorous party, Friday, December 4 with screening at 7 PM followed by the gala party from 9:30 until midnight at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.

The Golden Oosikar Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, December 13 at 8 PM at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.

Other parties and hospitality:
Tuesday, December 9: Canadian Consulate Wine and Cheese Tasting following the screening of “Son of the Sunshine” Screening at 8:00, Reception at 9:45

Wednesday, December 9: Daytime excursion from Anchorage to Portage with intermittent stops at the Alyeska Ski Resort for lunch and a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Wednesday, December 9: Mad Myrna’s will host an after party following the screening of “American Primitive,” screening at 8:00, after party at 10 PM.

Friday, December 11 – Martini Matinee, a filmmaker favorite as we expose some of the most cutting edge short films in this year’s festival. 2:30 PM at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub. This event is supported by PermaFrost Vodka.

What To Expect

One of the things Alaskans take pride in is showing guests a good time.  Along with the many festival events, we do our best to offer all visiting filmmakers a chance to get outside of town to see the real Alaska. And you won’t have to travel far! A list of excursions will be inside your hospitality packets that are located at the Festival’s Hospitality Suite in the Inlet Towers.

As for the venues, all are either in the downtown or midtown areas of Anchorage. Renting a car can be helpful, though not necessary. We will have a shuttle van available from our main hotel. Truthfully, public transportation in Anchorage is abysmal for this kind of event. Don’t even try. You’d better off slapping on a pair of cross country skis, which you can do, by the way. There’s a great trail system a block from the hotel.  However, everything is within 1 or 2 miles. We’ll pick you up at the airport, even if you’re flying red-eye.  Just let us know your itinerary 48 hours in advance and we’ll be there to greet you at baggage claim.  We’ll also drop you off at the airport upon departure.
 The airport is about 5 miles from the action and the Inlet Tower provides shuttle service.  Don’t forget, you’ll want to give them a heads up if you’re arriving in the wee hours of the morning. Taxi ride is about $20.

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Best places to get coffee:

Kaladi Brothers Coffee (Various Locations throughout Anchorage)

Middle Way Cafe (Northern Lights Center, 1200 W Northern Lights Blvd.)

Side Street Espresso (on G St. between 4th & 5th)

City Market (corner of 13th & I St.)

Best places to lounge:

Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge (on D St. between 6th & 7th)

The Pioneer Bar (on 4th between G and H St.)

Humpy’s (for the awesome selection of Alaskan beers on tap–on 6th between F & G St.)

Darwin’s Theory (on G between 4th & 5th)

Best places to chow down:

Bear Tooth Theatrepub  Cafe and Grill (1230 W. 27th Ave. just off Spenard Road)

Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzaria (3300 Old Seward Hwy.)

Snow City Cafe (corner of 4th & L St., killer breakfasts)

Spenard Roadhouse (1049 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

Sacks Cafe and Restaurant (328 G St.)

Mixx Grill  Food and Spirits at the Inlet Tower

City Market (corner of 13th & I St.)

Thai Kitchen (East Tudor Rd. 2 blks west of Elmore)

Uncle Joe’s Pizza (on G between 4th & 5th)

 Vegetarian/Vegan options:

Pho Vietnam

Middle Way Cafe

Yak & Yeti Himalayan Restaurant

Organic Oasis

Urban Greens

Namaste Shangri-la (Tudor Rd)

Bear Tooth Theatrepub Cafe and Grill

Best Alaskan dining experience (gourmet food in a casual atmosphere):

Bear Tooth Grill

Glacier Brewhouse

Club Paris (excellent steaks and martinis)

Marx Brothers Cafe (high end all the way… and what a wine list!)

Suite 100

Cheesiest place to pick up a member of the opposite sex:

Chilkoot Charlie’s (Spenard & Fireweed)

Best place to pick up a member of the same sex:

Mad Myrna’s (530 E. 5th Ave., also great for late-night dancing and karaoke)

Best Local Libation:

Any Bear Tooth Ale

Permafrost Alaskan Vodka

Midnight Sun Sockeye Red

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