From celebrating Southern Oregon Native Ty Burrell’s return to the Rogue Valley to a successful 3rd Annual Varsity World Film Week, 2014 was a stellar year for the Ashland Independent Film Festival. As we gear up for AIFF15, let’s take a walk down memory lane and relive some of the highlights.
Our programmers jetted to Sundance for a marathon of film-going.
AIFF celebrated the Academy Awards® with our annual Oscar® Night Gala.
The 2014 film schedule was released, presenting 142 screenings at 3 venues over the 5-day festival. And for the second year in a row, we held a super special Secret Screening, which was the award-winning Keep On Keepin’ On. Will there be one at AIFF15? Well, you will have to wait and see…
Opening Day finally arrived! The 13th annual AIFF kicked off on April 3. We presented Barbara Kopple, two-time Academy Award®-winning documentarian (Harlan County USA, Running From Crazy), with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Southern Oregon Native Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and documentary writer Mark Monroe (The Cove, Chasing Ice) with Rogue Awards. We hosted a record number of filmmakers, special guests, and jurors, sold out 93 films, and distributed 186 free ticket vouchers through the United Way of Jackson County to area residents who would otherwise be unable to attend the festival. Whew, April was busy!
The staff hibernates in preparation for the next film festival year.
June & July
Prep for AIFF15 begins!
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and AIFF partnered to present the 2nd annual Daedalus Film Fest. As part of OSF’s Daedalus Project, which raises money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS, the film fest screened six award-winning films, had special guests in attendance, and helped contribute to a record amount of funds raised for the project.
Call For Entries for the 14th annual AIFF opens.
Our 3rd Annual REEL to ROGUE fundraiser officially kicked off the AIFF15 film festival season. Also in its third year , AIFF and Coming Attractions Theatres, Inc teamed up to present Varsity World Film Week, 7 days of films from around the globe. Filmmakers in attendance, lots of full screenings, and some award-winning global film made the week extra special.
Memberships for AIFF15 go on sale
AIFF15 Call For Entries closes with a record number of submissions, close to 1,200. Onward and upward to 2015!