AIFF Alums receive Academy Award Nominations for Outstanding Film Achievements of 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild, 5 Broken Cameras, Invisible War and Chasing Ice and several AIFF Alumni filmmakers contend for Oscar gold. Read more…

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® were announced this week and many AIFF alumni are headed to the Oscars in February!

Our Monthly Film Series selection “Beasts of the Southern Wild” received four nominations:  “Achievement in Directing” to Benh Zeitlin; “Best Motion Picture of the Year” to Producers Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald; “Adapted screenplay” to Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin; and last but not least “Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” to Quvenzhané Wallis! We had a wonderful Skype Q&A with Producer Josh Penn following the screening of “Beasts” last August.

Two films from our 2012 festival received Best Documentary Feature nominations: “5 Broken Cameras” and “The Invisible War.” 
And ”Chasing Ice” received a nod for “Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song “Before My Time”).

Many of our festival Alumni also received nominations for their new work. Best Documentary Short Subject nominations went to “Inocente” by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine (WAR DANCE); “Mondays at Racine” by Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan (BORN SWEET); and “Open Heart” to Kief Davidson (THE DEVIL’S MINER).  A Best Animated short film nom went to “Fresh Guacamole” by PES (WESTERN SPAGHETTI).

Congratulations to all!

We hope you will join us to celebrate our Alumni at Hollywood’s biggest night on Sunday, February 24th. Gather with other film lovers to watch the 85th annual Academy Awards at The Historic Ashland Armory. The black-tie optional evening will feature an elegant dinner and dessert by A’viands, a selection of the Valley’s finest wines, a signature cocktail created by Organic Nation, and Noble Coffee. The gala includes a live auction, raffle, and prizes. Tickets available soon at

About Joanne Feinberg (19 Articles)
Joanne Feinberg was the Director of Programming for the Ashland Independent Film Festival through AIFF15. Joanne was with AIFF for 11 years and served on the Board of Directors and Programming Team before becoming Director in 2006.
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