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Friday, December 1

12:00pm AKST

1 Course Discourse: Documentary Storytelling and the Making of Vietnam Echoes with Alaska Public Media
How can short-form storytelling help propel a community conversation about a war that still divides us as a nation? What are the challenges in documenting history as we live it? Join the creators of Alaska Public Media's Vietnam Echoes series to discuss how they mixed present-day interviews with archival footage to tell Alaskans' stories of the Vietnam War.

Friday December 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm AKST
BearTooth TheatrePub 1230 W. 27th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503

7:00pm AKST

*Opening Night: A Soirée of Shorts!
A First Friday to kick off winter, the Anchorage International Film Festival is stirring things up with its Opening Night. You're in for a treat!

As the film industry is reinventing itself, we too are changing things up and making some unconventional plans for Opening Night!  Short films are among our favorite programs, and they, too, deserve their time in the spotlight! 
Thus, we bring you a short film party to kick off the 17th Annual Anchorage International Film Festival!

Short Films Featured:

Cold Storage
Directed by Thomas Freundlich
Run Time 9min, Finland
On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.

The Counselor
Directed by Guy Bauer
Run TIme: 11min, USA
At a crisis center in late 1971, a freshly minted counselor on the late shift takes his first call: a suicidal teenager whose parents won’t let her come home for Christmas.

Must Kill Karl
Directed by Joe Kicak
Run TIme: 12min, Canada
Everyone has “that” friend - the one who shows up uninvited, drinks all your booze, and hits on your girlfriend - who we all secretly hate and wish would just go away. One night, a group of friends decide enough is enough and there’s only one way to get rid of him for good…

Whoever Was Using This Bed
Directed by Andrew Kotatko
Run Time: 20min, Australia
A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires.

Directed by L. Gabriel Gonda
Run Time: 17min, USA
During the First World War an unflinching young woman determined to defy traditional roles, travels west to pursue a job working the rails.


Feels Good
Directed by Andrew McLean
15min, Made in Alaska
Kelvin, a young Tlingit man living in the big city of Fairbanks, Alaska, is just getting by, trying to make that dollar delivering “packages” for village bootleggers. When his car breaks down on a deserted rural highway, Kelvin is picked up by Russ, a Gwich’in man looking for his runaway daughter. Their encounter sets off a chain of events that forces Kelvin to choose between heroism, and his front teeth.

The Robbery
Directed by Jim Cummings
Run Time: 15min
Crystal robs a liquor store. It goes pretty ok.

2D Run
Created by Marin Kafedjiiski
Run Time: 6 min
A top-down drone view of urban parkour free runner Ilko Iliev jumping all over Bulgaria. A nod to traditional video games, this aerial film is unlike all other aerial films. 

Directed by Jeannie Donohoe
Run Time: 15min, USA
A new kid shows up at the high school boys' basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team once they discover a secret?

Blackwater Railroad Company, one of Alaska's favorite bands, is making AIFF opening night their homecoming show after touring in the Lower 48. This band is excited to announce a documentary project rolling out in 2018, and you'll hear their original music as soundtrack to the feature film, Broken Ghost

A festive photo booth, champagne and desserts, great live music, and many chances to talk with visiting filmmakers and guests will be part of an evening to remember!

7 p.m. Showtime (Door open at 6 p.m.)
BearTooth TheatrePub

Tickets are included with AIFF All Films Passes ($130, available at BearTooth Box Office), or for purchase separately ($30). Passes allow entry to all AIFF screenings and events, plus discounted admission to awards celebration.  Individual screenings throughout the ten-day festival will be $10, sold at venue box offices. Get your pass early! 

Friday December 1, 2017 7:00pm - 11:30pm AKST
BearTooth TheatrePub 1230 W. 27th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503

11:00pm AKST

AIFF After Hours
Limited Capacity seats available

A non-sponsored, cash bar open at Darwins Theory - this is one of the best dives in all of Anchorage. Just a way to keep the party going if you choose - smack in the middle of Downtown - Come hang out with the night owls!

Friday December 1, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00am AKST
Darwins Theory 426 G Street
Saturday, December 2

10:00am AKST

Filmmaker Meet and Greet
Meet fellow filmmakers and festival programmers (as available) over a cup of coffee and a pastry. Strategize what you'll be seeing later in the day with your new found movie-goers. 

Filmmakers are invited to catch an AIFF volunteer-driven shuttle from Inlet Towers to downtown venues. Meet in Inlet Towers Lobby by 11:30. 

AIFF Passholders welcome. Free. 

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am AKST
Inlet Tower

1:00pm AKST

Screenplay Roundtable: From Script to Screen
Limited Capacity seats available

You’ve written a script, now what? Join this discussion of the process of getting your script to the screen by winning screenwriters, visiting producers and directors for a lively boost to your craft.

AIFF Screenwriter competition finalists and industry professionals provide their knowledge on what makes a good script, how to refine your pitch, and what to do with a finished script. 
How do you sell a project? How do you know if you're doing it "right"? And after you've finished the script...now what? 

Bring your ideas and questions, this event is open to writers from beginners to professionals! 

Panelists include AIFF award-winning screenwriter Jason Mott, script doctor Jay Burns, actor and industry professional Ron Holstrom. Moderated by award-winning screenwriter and writing professor Doug Bourne.  Free.

A bit about the panelists:

Jay Burns: 
Jay is an actor, writer, and script doctor.  Before becoming a freelance story consultant, he worked in Development for Platinum Studios, developing hundreds of titles, including work on Cowboys & Aliens and MIB III.  He has taught and taken pitches at the Great American Pitch Fest and the Willamette Writer's Conference.  He now fixes screenplays for studios, agencies, producers, and writers.  Jay's writing clients have gone on to become finalists in the Nicoll Fellowship screenwriting competition, and many others.  He is working on a screenwriting book focused on helping writers find their theme and structure.  Jay is active in Anchorage theatre, and acts regularly for Cyrano's Theatre Company (where he also serves on the board) and Perseverance.  He holds an MFA in Acting from Michigan State.

Ron Holmstrom:
Before relocating to Alaska, Ron worked for many years in the theatre, film and televisionindustries in Hollywood. He is the Alaska representative of the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local Board and serves on the Stunt and Safety Committee. Ron was last seen in feature films ‘The FrozenGround,’ and ‘Sugar Mountain.’ He currently reports on entertainment news for FOX-4 and ABC-13. Ron has never been convicted of a felony.

Douglass Bourne:
Douglass is a multi-genre writer. His has published essays and poetry in creative writing magazines, written articles for trade publications, produced a food and culture radio program, and written a few award winning screenplays. He has served as editor and judge for national and regional magazines and contests. Currently, he serves as Screenwriting Program Coordinator for the Anchorage International Film Festival.

Jason Mott:
Jason Mott is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Returned and The Wonder of All Things. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry from UNC Wilmington. He lives in southeastern North Carolina. He is the 2017 Winner of the AIFF Screenplay Competition. 


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm AKST
Port View Room 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501

10:00pm AKST

AIFF After Hours with SlinCraze, Tayy Tarantino & Bishop Slice
Been watching movies all day and need to be social? Didn't get a ticket to 5 Day Film Royal? Dive into a bit of real Alaskana with us at Koot's bar, just a few blocks from the BearTooth TheatrePub. 

Join us cheering on documentary "Arctic Superstar"'s Nils Utsi, rapping as SlinCraze. If you missed the 6 pm screening at BearTooth, he's the Sami Norwegian rapper who raps in English ...AND a language only about 20,000 people speak. Woah. 

He's part of a hip-hop documentary project here in Anchorage and he's not your typical hip-hop artist. Give it a try.

Also, featuring Bishop Slice straight out of Fairbanks, Alaska. This local artist is also known as the Untamable Tongue as his unique flow shares his experiences in Fairbanks, growing up and learning from his mistakes. His pairing with SlinCraze will make for an amazing show!

SlinCraze will be joined by Bishop Slice out of Fairbanks, Alaska.
$8 at the door, $5 for AIFF Passholders

Koot's isn't your typical seven-bar, log cabin nightlife establishment. Come in and find out why we're all here.

AIFF After Hours supported by Jolly Roger

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday December 3, 2017 1:00am AKST
Chilkoot Charlie's 2435 Spenard Rd, Anchorage AK 99503

10:30pm AKST

5 Day Film Royal
Limited Capacity seats available

The most raucous screening at AIFF, guaranteed. Participants are given 5-days to completely produce a film – writing, shooting, editing – everything, incorporating three prompts that are announced at the start of the competition. See which of the 20+ teams will win prizes, and be a part of the decision-making yourself! $10.

Hosted by AK Filmmakers 

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:30pm - Sunday December 3, 2017 11:30pm AKST
BearTooth TheatrePub 1230 W. 27th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503
Tuesday, December 5

5:30pm AKST

"The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking" - A Workshop with Dan Mirvish
Directly from the Whistler Film Festival straight to The Anchorage International Film Festival we are proud to announce Dan Mirvish will be delivering a workshop for filmmakers from beginners to professionals.

Join AIFF and Dan Mirvish, co-founder of Slamdance Film Festival, for a workshop that will help you steer your film's future and help you get the most out of its festival run plus whole lot more. 

Head to the lower level of the 49th State Brewing Company to the West Barrel Room. Pizza and snacks provided!

A bit about the Cheerful Subversive:
Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer and author. His newest award-winning film BERNARD AND HUEY was written by Oscar/Pulitzer winner Jules Feiffer, and stars Oscar-winner Jim Rash and David Koechner. It’s already screened in 16 festivals this fall, from Germany to Brazil to Guam. Dan’s previous feature, BETWEEN US, starring Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs, played in 23 festivals in 7 countries, sold to 144 countries, and screened in the US theatrically, and on Showtime, Starz, Netflix and all digital outlets. Dan was mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, OMAHA (THE MOVIE), which led him to co-founding the upstart Slamdance Film Festival that runs concurrent with Sundance. Dan’s film OPEN HOUSE led the Academy Awards to controversially rewrite their rules on the Best Original Musical category. Mirvish wrote the critically-acclaimed book “The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking” for Focal Press/Routledge, and he co-wrote the best-selling novel “I Am Martin Eisenstadt” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) based on the fake McCain advisor who took credit for Sarah Palin not knowing Africa was a continent.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm AKST
49th State Brewing Co.

8:00pm AKST

Guilty Pleasures: Beastmaster
Limited Capacity seats available

Guilty Pleasures takes nostalgic movies that are "misunderstood" and then go mock the hell out of it. One part "USA Up All Night", two scoops pub quiz, 200% awesome! Join Chris, Matt and Nathan in their rendition of 1982 cult classic, “Beastmaster” at 49th State Brewing Co. theater. Free.

Beastmaster Trailer 

Tuesday December 5, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm AKST
49th State Brewing Co.
Friday, December 8

9:00pm AKST

Late Night Lounge: Alaskana Party
Join us for a celebration of films, their filmmakers, and AIFF attendees at the E Street Theater - Formerly The Bear and Raven Theater!

Wear your flannels, Xtra Tuffs and Beanies! Do you own a Salty Dawg hoodie? Wear it! Do you own a pair of Carhartts? Wear them! Represent Alaska in the only way we know how. Casual, meets lumberjack, meets fisherman. 

There will be cat videos, music and beer. This is a closed party - invite only! Mingle with filmmakers and locals alike. 

Friday December 8, 2017 9:00pm - Saturday December 9, 2017 12:00am AKST
E Street Theater 315 E Street Anchorage, AK 99501
Saturday, December 9

1:00pm AKST

Music in Film Panel presented by AKIMI
The Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative (AKIMI) presents a special panel for musicians and filmmakers alike, discussing hot topics surrounding music in film. Join special guest, Liz Storm, and other industry professionals to discuss music licensing for film, copyrights, and distribution royalties. Bring your ideas and questions, this session is open to musicians, filmmakers and interested public. Free. 

Liz Storm is a legal consultant with over 10 years of experience researching and securing copyright and trademark. Storm works with artists, publishers, writers, filmmakers and producers on various licensing, marketing, management and recording agreements for documentaries, full length and short films including with MovieTraX on the Rhythm & Light DVD re-release of the Gospel series, Jubilee Showcase.

Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm AKST
Port View Room 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501

7:00pm AKST

This isn't in the cards this festival, though we certainly put a lot of effort into making this happen!

The films scheduled to play here are now at the E St Theater:

7pm: Animation
8:30pm: What if it Works?

Join us for some after-hours mingling with your film-festival friends at Tequila 61!

Enjoy your festival!

Saturday December 9, 2017 7:00pm - 7:30pm AKST

9:00pm AKST

Late Night Lounge at Tequila 61
Limited Capacity seats available

Mingle with AIFF-goers and visiting filmmakers while talking up the week’s worth of films! Enjoy Tequila 61 late-night food specials just for AIFF and sip a unique festival cocktail.

Cash bar, appetizer specials, and a great way to wrap up an exciting run of films! 

Saturday December 9, 2017 9:00pm - Sunday December 10, 2017 12:00am AKST
Tequila 61
Sunday, December 10

4:15pm AKST

Shorts to Features: The Ins and Outs of Indie Filmmaking
Join a selection of award-winning Alaska Filmmakers in a discussion about how to bring your story from script to screen. AK Filmmakers’ founder D.K. Johnston will moderate an interactive discussion between our panelist and audience, and showcase the various path’s filmmakers can take when putting their production together.

D.K. will be joined by Writer/Director Levi A. Taylor (Conspiracy P.I.E., Way Up North), Cinematographer/Gaffer April Frame (Frame by Frame Productions), Director/Editor Quinton Oliver Smith (Ruthless Rhymer, Find Me) and Director Logan Dellinger (Moose the Movie, Sudsy Slim Rides Again). Each filmmaker has taken part in both large and small-scale productions including feature films, music videos, commercials and reality television. Each has benefited from working together in the Alaska Film Community, and look forward to sharing their knowledge with attendees of this year’s Anchorage International Film Festival.

For More Information on our panelist, you can visit the following sites.

D.K. Johnston – trisevenpictures.com

Levi Taylor – crookedpictures.com

April Frame – framebyframeproductions.com

Quinton Oliver Smith – www.facebook.com/landsickfilms/

Logan Dellinger - nomadcinematics.com

If you are interested in filmmaking in Alaska be sure to register, for free, with the alaskafilmmakers.com Crew Directory.

For more information on panelists and AK Filmmakers


Sunday December 10, 2017 4:15pm - 5:30pm AKST
Port View Room 333 W 4th Ave # 207, Anchorage, AK 99501

6:00pm AKST

Awards Celebration
Limited Capacity seats available

A fitting capstone on an full festival, this awards gathering is a celebration of filmmakers and their hard work!

The "Golden Oosik"  award is given to top jury award winners in categories of: 
Features, Documentaries, Documentary Shorts, Shorts, Super Shorts, Animation,  Made in Alaska and Screenplay. Top finalists will be recognized as well. 

The Walter Kaitz Foundation and GCI will recognize one Native Alaskan filmmaker recipient of their national prize. 

Light food provided, and full cash bar on site.
$20, or $20 for AIFF Passholders. Audience Choice Award winner will screen directly following awards celebration. Included in ticket.  

Sunday December 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm AKST
Williwaw 601 F Street, Anchorage, AK 99501