Festival Selections | Anchorage International Film Festival

Festival Selections

Film categories include feature narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animation, and family and youth media. Festival entries are open to all films regardless of origin, content and genre.

Official Selections

We enthusiastically announce the 2013 AIFF Official Selections. Our programmers chose the films that represent the best of international and independent cinema. The organizers of the AIFF appreciate every one of you that submitted a film for our consideration. Unfortunately we just didn’t have enough room for all of the excellent submissions that we received this year. Thanks for all of your hard work and your support of the AIFF and passion for the art of independent film.

Official selections include all films selected to be screened during the festival. The films in competition represent the official selections chosen by our prescreening committee to go through the award jury process. About 20 percent of our official selections are entered into competition.

The full festival schedule, plus trailers and more, can be found on our Festival Genius site.



Title Director(s) Country Runtime In Competition
7 Cajas (7 Boxes)
Special Selection
Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori Paraguay 100m
9 Full Moons Tomer Almagor USA 103m
Aanya Ka Banya (Delinquent Dancers) Samit Kakkad India 94m
The Animal Project Ingrid Veninger Canada 90m
Special Selection
Eric England USA
Detroit Unleaded Rola Nashef USA 90m
Die Nieuwe Wereld (The New World) Jaap van Heusden Netherlands 83m
The Frozen Ground
Special Selection
Scott Walker USA 105m
Hank and Asha James E. Duff USA 73m
Inja Hameh Chiz Khoob Ast… (Everything Is Fine Here) Pourya Azarbayjani Iran 75m
Juventud (Youth)
Special Selection
Jaime Humberto Hermosillo Mexico 115m
Mine Games Richard Gray Australia/USA 96m
Mourning Has Broken Brett Butler and Jason Butler Canada 77m
Route of Acceptance
Special Selection
Heather Tobin Canada 101m
Tu Seras Un Homme (You’ll Be A Man) Benoit Cohen France 87m
Vino Veritas Sarah Knight USA 96m
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (明天記得愛上我)
Special Selection
Arvin Chen Taiwan 101m



Title Director(s) Country Runtime In Competition
Alaska Sessions Frederick Dickerson and Matthew McNeill Australia 87m
Antarctica: A Year on the Ice Anthony Powell New Zealand/Antarctica 92m
Backyard Deia Schlosberg USA 28m
Baking Alaska Kari Barber USA 30m
Cardboard Titanics: Smart People Being Stupid Sam Frazier Jr. USA 15m
Elvakaffe Maria Fredriksson Sweden 14m
Fatigued Kyle King Afghanistan/USA 38m
Furever Amy FInkel USA 80m
Gold Star Children Mitty Mirrer USA 60m
Grand Rescue Meredith Lavitt and Jenny Wilson USA 48m
The Guide Jessica Yu Mozambique 40m.
Harlem Street Singer Trevor Laurence USA 77m.
High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 David Morton and Jake Norton USA 48m
Himalayan Gold Rush Eric Valli France 48m.
Housing First in the Arctic Cory Gordon USA 11m
Special Selection
Daniel Anker USA 100m
Let Us Begin W. Brandon Bray USA 13m
Life on Ice Greg Chaney USA 15m
Lion Ark Tim Phillips United Kingdom/USA 97m
Magnetic Reconnection Kyle Armstrong Canada 13m
McConkey Murray Wais, Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff, and Steve Winter USA 109m
Mike’s Migration Adam Kunz USA 55m
The Models of Beckenscot Sophie Le Neveu USA 4m
The No Name Painting Association Joe Griffin China/USA 23m
Not by Sight Sabrina McCormick USA 19m
Open Season Mary Katzke USA 3m
Passive House: A Building Revolution Faith Morgan USA 46m
Pottery Wars Michelle Naomi Swallow Canada 11m
Seward Harbor Flipbook Vol. 1 Kristopher Peck USA 2m
Slomo Joshua Izenberg USA 17m
Stan Herd: Down To Earth Bradley Beenders USA 27m
Tales from Organ Trade Ric Esther Bienstock Canada 82m
Vuelve A La Vida (Back To Life)
Special Selection
Carlos Hagerman Mexico 72m
We Can’t Eat Gold Joshua Tucker USA 45m
The Words I Love Thanachart Siripatrachai USA 17m



Title Director(s) Country Runtime In Competition
88 Miles to Moscow Karen Glienke USA 20m
Butterfly Dreams Venkat Krishnan India/USA 22m
Die Fusion – Ansichten einer Dissoziation (The Fusion) Ulrich Witt Germany 25m
End of The Beginning Richard Marshall USA 18m
Fucking Tøs (Damn Girl) Kira Richards Hansen Denmark 13m
Gaspé Copper Alexis Fortier Gauthier Canada 14m
Good Men Brian Connors USA 12m
Great Andreas Henn Germany 23m
Hasard Cyril Eberle Canada/Germany 13m
If We Were Adults Michael Fitzgerald USA 21m
Jonah Kirill Modylevsky Russian Federation 25m
Lambing Season Jeannie Donahue USA 15m
Opportunities for Advancement Thomas Carroll USA 18m
Pyro and Klepto Justin Chandra USA 26m
Reel Life Laurence Relton United Kingdom 13m
The River Sam Handel USA 12m
Santa’s Claw Mark Thomas-Stubbs Canada 15m
Stalled Shannon Kohli Canada/New Zealand/Switzerland 16m
Suspended Damien Walshe-Howling Australia 18m


Super Shorts

Title Director(s) Country Runtime In Competition
The Anatomy of Injury Danielle Lessovitz USA 5m
Life Lasse Lorenzen Denmark 2m
Maybe Another Time Khris Burton Martinique 1m
Paradigm Stephen Boyer USA 5m
Poison Apple Dane Neves USA 9m
Separation Sonnet Andressa Furletti USA 8m
Static Leslie Langee USA 5m
The Toothfairy Rachel Sonnenberg USA 4m
The Trap Rio Fitch Canada 5m



Title Director(s) Country Runtime In Competition
Ahco on the Road Soyeon Kim South Korean/USA 9m
Animation Hotline Dustin Grella USA 5m
Blue Katelyn Bianchini Canada 8m
Special Selection
Evan Viera USA 11m
A Clean Break Richard Cunningham USA 15m
Collectors Marcel Hobi Switzerland 5m
Eye of the Storm
Special Selection
Christopher Alender USA 5m
Icarus Falls Jesse O’Brien USA 3m
The Innovator Sean McCarthy USA 2m
Lost and Found Karen Star USA 24m
Mirage Iker Maidagan USA 9m
Mister Super Juice Mike Wellins USA 5m
Monkey Rag Johanna Davidovich USA 4m
Mr. Hublot Laurent Witz Luxembourg/France 11m
The Narrative of Victor Karloch Kevin McTurk USA 15m
Prima Vanessa Rossi Canada 3m
The Rose of Turaida Ryan Grobins Australia 6m
Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam Jeff Chiba Stearns Canada 8m


Student Films

In 2011 the Alaska State Legislature awarded a grant to the Iditarod Area School District to develop theme-based lessons and document the implementation of these lessons on video which are all made available on the web at: http://iasdthematicteaching.com. The themes represented in these student videos are local history and community.

The Iron Dog Videos were made by Takotna School students who run the Ophir checkpoint each year with community chairman Dick Newton.

Title Director(s) Country Runtime In Competition
Cooking at Iron Dog Alana Anselment, age 13 USA 3m
Fun at Iron Dog Kaden Mwarey, age 9 and Dios Heath, age 12 USA 3m
Hanging with the Racers Sabrina Anselment, age 16 USA 3m
Iron Dog Volunteers Search for Drinking Water Thomas Abraham, age 15 USA 2m
Masks Carved Into Your Soul Bryan Goodwin, age 17 USA 2m
Sled Building in McGrath, Alaska Jett Novak, age 16 USA 4m