Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF)

Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF)


Type: Dedicated shortfilm festival
Location: anchorage, Alaska
Start Month: December


The Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) was founded in 2001 in order to bring independent and international films to Anchorage, and to showcase the quality independent films made in Alaska. Our mission is to develop, promote, and sustain a film festival that supports new media and independent filmmaking in Alaska and around the world, while enriching cultural and entertainment opportunities for Alaskans.
The AIFF is a cosmopolitan film festival that strives to reflect the diverse character of Anchorage by screening captivating and well-crafted independent films from all over the world. The AIFF also provides a forum for the work of independent Alaska filmmakers and opportunities to network with fellow filmmakers. In the past, several films receiving jury awards from the AIFF have gone on to win Academy Awards and awards at major film festivals, such as Hot Docs, Tribeca, Sundance, South by Southwest, the Sheffield Doc Fest, and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Submission Requirements:

Unless negotiated with the festival programming director, all shipping fees are the responsibility of the filmmaker. Any other arrangements must be agreed to in writing by the programming director. Acceptable presentation formats: AIFF will no longer accept 35 mm film prints. Preferred formats are DCI 2K digital or Blu-Ray for the main venue. For films selected for this venue we will accept compatible digital files, Blu-Ray, DVD or DV-R. All other venues will accept only Blu-Ray, DVD or DV-R or digital files. If a film is accepted for the festival, the filmmaker will be informed well in advance on the type of exhibition media to provide.
Questions should be directed via email to the 2016 AIFF Programming Director at

Submission Deadline: September


The best film in each category will be awarded an Alaska Native hand-carved walrus oosik (petrified bone) and a certificate of achievement. The AIFF categories are:
Documentary (feature-length)
Documentary (Short)
Short – Narrative Fiction
Super Short – Narrative Fiction
Animation (feature-length, short or super-short)
Made in Alaska (feature-length, short or super-short)

Awards / Prizes: none listed

Contact: Rebecca Pottebaum (


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