Ashland Independent Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Ashland Independent Film Festival
SINCE: 2001
WHERE: Ashland, Oregon, USA
WEBSITE: www.ashlandfilm.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called “a dream you’ll never want to leave.” Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 7000 film lovers gather at the historic art-deco Varsity Theatre in downtown to watch over 80 films in five days. Filmmakers of the documentaries, features and shorts come from around the world come to engage with the audience after each screening and at the festival’s Opening Night Bash and Award Celebration parties with local wine, beer and gourmet food. Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell and more. The film festival is one of the reasons Ashland is included in the popular travel guide A Thousand Places to See Before You Die.

Imperial Dreams Win Top Awards at 2015 Ashland Independent Film Festival

Imperial Dreams Win Top Awards at 2015 Ashland Independent Film Festival

The Ashland Independent Film Festival announced the 2015 juried and audience award winning films at an Awards Celebration gala at the Historic Ashland Armory. Imperial Dreams (pictured above), directed by Malik Vitthal was the big winner of this year’s festival, taking home both the Jury Award and Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature film. In Imperial Dreams,  21-year-old Bambi returns home to Los Angeles and his old stomping grounds in Watts, fresh off a 28-month stint […]

Ashland Independent Film Festival Gets A New Executive Director

Ashland Independent Film Festival Gets A New Executive Director

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The Ashland Independent Film Festival has selected the CFO of High Sierra Music, Inc., Berkeley, CA to its top job. David Margulies of Ashland will succeed Anne Ashbey as the festival’s new executive director. Pam Notch, president of the AIFF board, described Margulies as “intelligent, dynamic and resourceful, with proven successes in his field. Dave brings over 19 years of festival experience to AIFF. During his professional tenure, Dave has developed deep relationships with key sponsors and partners, garnered numerous in-kind donations and demonstrated his acumen in fundraising.”

Ashland Independent Film Festival Announces 2014 Award Winners; ‘The Case Against 8’ Sweeps Awards for Best Documentary

Ashland Independent Film Festival Announces 2014 Award Winners; ‘The Case Against 8’ Sweeps Awards for Best Documentary

 The Case Against 8The Case Against 8

 The  Ashland Independent Film Festival  announced the 2014 juried and audience award winning films at an Awards Celebration gala at the Historic Ashland Armory. The festival’s opening night film, The Case Against 8, directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White, took home the Les Blank Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, given by the festival’s jurors, as well the Rogue Creamery Audience Award for Best Documentary, voted on by the audience. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The filmmakers and two of the plaintiffs attended the festival and participated in a lively Q&A with audiences following the screening of the film.

Anne Ashbey to Step Down as Exec Director of Ashland Independent Film Festival

Anne Ashbey to Step Down as Exec Director of Ashland Independent Film Festival

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The Ashland Independent Film Festival announced on Friday that Anne Ashbey will be stepping down after two years as executive director. The non-profit organization’s board of directors officially accepted her resignation and has approved a transition plan and has formed a search committee to identify the new executive director. Ashbey has agreed to stay on through the transition period. The 13th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival will be celebrated April 3 to 7, 2014 at the Varsity Theatre, the historic Ashland Armory and the Ashland Street Cinema.

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings Among Winners of 2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings Among Winners of 2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

The Ashland Independent Film Festival announced the 2013 juried and audience award winning films at a gala Awards Celebration. The Rogue Creamery Audience Award for Best Documentary was awarded to Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.  The Forgotten Kingdom won the John C. Schweiger Audience Award for Best Feature. The Retrieval, directed by AIFF alumni Chris Eska received the festival’s jury award for Best Narrative Feature film. God Loves Uganda, directed by Academy Award-winning AIFF alumni Roger Ross Williams took home the Best Feature Length Documentary juried award. Twelve awards were presented to attending filmmakers, honoring their work screened at the 12th annual festival.

Ashland Independent Film Festival Unveils 2013 Lineup

Ashland Independent Film Festival Unveils 2013 Lineup

The Forgotten Kingdom

The full schedule, film descriptions and program are now all set for the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) scheduled to be held in the heart of historic downtown Ashland, Oregon, April 4-8, 2013. 

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Ashland, Ore. The nationally acclaimed Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) today unveiled its complete program for the twelfth annual festival, to be held in the heart of historic downtown Ashland, Oregon, April 4-8. Over 7,500 film lovers are expected to gather with filmmakers from around the world for the five-day showcase of independent film at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, the Ashland Springs Hotel, and the festival’s newest venue, the Ashland Street Cinemas. The festival’s full schedule, film descriptions and program are available now at www.ashlandfilm.org. Tickets go on sale to members beginning March 12 and to the general public on March 18.

Ashland Independent Film Festival has a new Executive Director

Ashland Independent Film Festival has a new Executive Director

The Ashland Independent Film Festival has a new Executive Director. She is Anne Ashbey Pierotti, and she will succeed Tom Olbrich on November 1.  Pierotti is already well known to the festival, having served on the Ashland Independent Film Festival’s board of directors from 2006 to June of 2011 and was the board’s President from 2008 to 2010. “I am deeply honored to have been selected for this position,” said Pierotti. “I look forward to […]