The 16th Annual Anchorage International Film Festival, showcasing over 100 films from 25 different countries in Anchorage, Alaska, Dec 2-11, 2016.
Passes are available online or in person at each venue. Tickets to individual screenings are available in advance only at the BearTooth TheatrePub, or in person at each venue the day of the screening. Thank you for joining us! 

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Friday, December 2


Late Night Lounge
Not ready to call it a night? Join us at the PubHouse Bar at Inlet Towers, as they'll stay open late for us to keep the excitement going. 


Friday December 2, 2016 10:30pm - Saturday December 3, 2016 1:30am
PubHouse 1020 W 12th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Saturday, December 3


Making a Story--Workshop with 'Indie: Alaska' Documentary Team
Meet John and Hanna, documentarians behind the cameras of AK Public Media's "Indie: Alaska" series as they take you through the ins and outs of what it takes to make a story come to life!

Over the last three years, the AKPM team has filmed hundreds of interviews and had our work featureed throughout the state and country on public television and all over the world through YouTube. Meanwhile, they've refined how they setup, conduct and edit interviews to allow their subject to tell their story in their own words. 

Join us for this FREE workshop and learn the ins and outs of capturing great stories!

John Norris is the senior video producer at Alaska Public Media and founder/organizer of the Anchorage 48-Hour Film Challenge. Norris spent much of his youth traveling around Alaska with his parents, who are both preachers. He spends much of his adult life watching action movies, telling jokes in dingy bars, and producing videos.

Hanna was born and raised in Alaska and has lived on the East and West coasts – Western Massachusetts for college and Portland, Oregon. For the past several years she has worked in media production and education across Alaska, collaborating with non-profits and school districts to produce documentary and educational media and facilitate film workshops.

Saturday December 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501


Screen Writers Forum
Join us for a "roundtable" disscussion of the art and craft of writing for the screen!

Event will include a table read of "Minimum to Be", the winner of the first annual AIFF Screenplay Competition, written by Jason Mott. Winning writers in attendance.

This event will be a celebration of winning screenplays, including a short panel discussion on screenwriting and writing opportunities, tailored to your own questions and interests. A great way to network with writers and visiting filmmakers.

Location upstairs Ballroom of Aviator Hotel.

For Screenplay Competition winners please visit: http://www.anchoragefilmfestival.org/2016/festival-selections/screenplay-competition/  

Saturday December 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Aviator Hotel Ballroom 239 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501


Live Music - Jamie Whiteman and Harrison Jennings
The Alaska Indpendent Musicians Initiative in collaboration with AIFF present live music by Anchorage songwriter Jamie Whiteman with Harrison Jennings (of the Tanana Rafters).

Jamie is an up and coming songwriter that has been building a local following with her band the Tanana Rafters (www.tananarafters.com) who recently released their first album and completed a multi-month tour of the western U.S.

Saturday December 3, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
Sunday, December 4


Music in Film Panel
The Anchorage International Film Festival, Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative, Anchorage Music Co-Op, and Parlor in the Round present: 

A special event discussing everything from music licensing for the screen to where to start in your pitch, and plenty of advice in between! Hear from musicians who've written music specifically for the screen, landed commissions for film projects and have music in films you'll see in the Anchorage International Film Festival! 

Panelists include members of Blackwater Railroad Company, Miles and Karina of "The Adventures of Prince Achmed", David Hunter, producer of "First Girl I Loved" and Kurt Riemann local guru of Surreal Studios.  

Network with visiting filmmakers, Alaska film industry professionals, and musicians alike at this Music in Film event at the Anchorage International Film Festival!

Full festival schedule available at: www.anchoragefilmfestival.org

Panel members will share expertise to help Alaskan musicians have their music licensed and placed in films and TV. The panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by a social mixer where musicians can share their music and network directly with the visiting filmmakers. Alaskan film industry professionals are also encouraged to attend. 

Panelist Bios:

Miles and Karina are David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie from Seattle Washington, USA. Combine accordion, banjo, samba, swing and twang, oh yeah, and guitar into one pot, and something's bound to happen.  Their music is influenced by recordings from the 40's, 50's and 60's and includes virtually all American styles.  M & K compose scores to silent films and perform them live with the films, and are the musical headlining act of Sunday evening's AIFF live music silent film event, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed," a silent animated film based on a tale of The Arabian Nights, from 1926. 

Kurt Riemann has been producing and engineering music at Surreal Studios in Anchorage since 1980. He has produced / engineered over 500 albums from Alaskan artists. He's an active composer with 6 albums on his own Nightworks label and has worked on scores of scores and sound design projects, and writes commercial music for Alaskan and international clients. He actively produces music for Alaskan artists and bands, and has worked on 20 separate albums this year alone. He's pretty sure that silver microphone sounds better that the brown one, but hell, let's try them both.

Alaskan musicians from all genres are invited to join in this fun and enriching event! Hosted by AIFF and AKIMI at the new 49th State Brewing Company in downtown Anchorage.
About the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative: AKIMI exists to "Revitalise, rebrand, and promote Alaskan music // Build collaborative community and professional networks // Educate audiences and musicians"

Moderator: Michael Howard

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Michael Howard

Programs Manager, AKIMI
Michael is a born-and-raised Alaskan and co-founder of the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative, an independent project of the Northern Culture Exchange, a 501c3 organization. Working to "develop, brand, and export" Alaskan music, AKIMI is building community partnerships, organizing... Read More →

Sunday December 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501


Live Music - Harper's Farce
In collaboration with the Anchorage International Film Festival, Harper's Farce will be playing a preshow for the presentation of 1926 silent film, "The Adventures of Prince Auchmed."

Harper's Farce will grace the stage of the theater pub at 5:00 PM with original compositions, to showcase the creative art scene of Anchorage. Tickets are available at Bear Tooth Theatrepub and Anchorage International Film Festival

Check out Harper's Farce and www.harpersfarce.com to find out more.
Be sure to check out the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/278376749224800/

Sunday December 4, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave


"The Adventures of Prince Achmed" - Live Music Silent Film Event
Limited Capacity seats available

An exciting exhibition of live performance music paired with the longest-surviving feature-length animation film, created in 1926 by female German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger. Using the silhouette technique, with paper and scissors, each frame is a work of art! 

Miles and Karina of Seattle, WA, brings to AIFF the charisma of their original score to delight audiences of all ages with their performance!  A Not-To-Be-Missed Event!

The Adventures of Prince Achmed. 66 mins.


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Sunday December 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
Wednesday, December 7


After School Special Youth Showcase
The After-School Special is a unique showcase of youth films, curated by Alaska Teen Media Institute. 

Films start at 3:15 pm.

Come show us your school spirit and cheer on your friends! 

Wednesday December 7, 2016 3:15pm - 5:00pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
Friday, December 9


One Course Discourse
Join us for our favorite lunchtime discussion: Indie-Filmmaking in Alaska!

One Course Discourse is a chance to hear a panel discussion while enjoying lunch at the BearTooth. Q & A and networking after panel discussion. 

Among the talented panelists, you'll find:

Charlie Sears

Charlie Sears has been a filmmaker in Alaska for the last 16 years and has worked professional for 7 years as Film Editor and Producer. Charlie has worked in Los Angeles and Alaska from feature films to national commcerials. He also co-operates Alaska Filmmakers a independent filmmakernetwork that supporters and bring filmmakers from all over Alaska together. 
AK Filmmakers

Ryan Peterson 

Ryan grew up in Anchorage and after many years spent studying, and working in Scotland, Russia, Germany, and California, moved back home in 2013. His media work has historically centered on film and writing about rivers, fish, and people, especially in Alaska where they are all so intertwined and there is no end to the special characters you meet along the trail. He has worked as a flyfishing guide in Bristol Bay, AK and Kamchatka, Russia, the later being Alaska's mirror across the Bering sea. Today he also fishes commercially in summer for salmon near the mouth of the Susitna River, just 25 miles from where you're sitting right now. He'd "like to make a reality show about Alaska because no one's made a good one yet."
The Super Salmon

Holly Mititquq Nordlum

(Iñupiaq) Is an artist, born in Kotzebue, Alaska. Throughout her childhood Holly developed an appreciation for her culture, arts, and life in the arctic. Holly attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage and completed a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, since she has been an award winning multi-media artist and activist, and was a 2016 Sundance Time Warner Fellow. 
Tupik Documentary 

Jon Bittner
Jon is the Vice-President of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that works to encourage growth and diversity in the Anchorage economy, promote a favorable business climate and improve the standard of living of Anchorage residents
For entrepreneurs in any field, he's a great guy to get to know!

Tom Gould
Tom received his master's degree in film production from the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the Jack Nicholson Scholarship for Excellence in Directing. He has directed several short films, including HAVING IT ALL, which was among four projects selected for funding by USC. Tom began in theater, directing plays in New York City and elsewhere. Tom has worked on many film sets, primarily in the art department. He has edited feature films, short films, music videos, commercials and industrials. He has also edited numerous hit reality TV shows, including (for better or worse) "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." Tom received a bachelor's degree in drama from Vassar College.   

John Serpe
A graduate of Marquette University, John developed film scripts as Director of Development for Second Son Entertainment. He has written/directed several short films and PSAs as well as numerous plays in New York City. As an independent producer, John has produced many projects, including the award-winning E3 Xbox 360 Media Briefing (aired live on Spike TV) and a series of short documentaries on cancer patients for Amgen.
Doors open at 11:30 am, discussion to begin a 12:05. 

Friday December 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave


**Burlesque Performance** by VivaVoom Brr-Lesque
Following the documentary, "League of Exotic Dancers," the most talented troupe in the North will delight audiences brings Brr-Lesque to AIFF's "Films Worth Freezing For!" 

Admission: $15 General, $7 AIFF Passholders

Buy tickets early here: http://aiffburlesque.brownpapertickets.com


Friday December 9, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Saturday, December 10


Scared Scriptless Film Festival Comedy
Known for quick-wits and topical humor, Scared Scriptless presents a show of film-themed improv comedy games. Prepare to laugh hard!


Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501


Late Night Lounge @ Tequila 61
After a full week of Films Worth Freezing For, enjoy a bit of Anchorage nightlife while you mingle with filmmakers and festival-goers, talk about the day's films or that moose you saw walking down 4th Avenue! Tequila 61 is downtown Anchorage's newest hot-spot for a late-night cocktail or bite to eat! Tequila 61 is where to find your fellow filmmakers and mingle with locals.

Festival passholders or ticket holders get 10% off late-night food menue with their badge or tickets! 

Tequila 61

 445 W 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK

Let's all have a great night! 

Saturday December 10, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Tequila 61 445 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK