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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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Saturday, December 3
 

11:30am

SHORTS: Hard Knocks
Sing for your Supper (Dir: Mu Sun) 15 min, UK 
In a totalitarian world where one only eats as well as they can sing, a man must overcome his bout of laryngitis if he ever wants to eat again.


On Time 
(Dir: Xavier Neal-Burgin) 8 min, USA 
Renee Johnson, a mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview.

Virgin Territory (Dir: Debbie Von Ahrens) 15 min, USA 
Virgin Territory is sex-positive, queer, and questioning coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who decides to have sex for the first time and commences her journey of sexual exploration.

Payday ( Dir: Szilárd Bernáth) 22 min, Hungary 
In Eastern Hungary, powerful insurers keep residents of the poorest Roma communities in a permanent debt spiral. Young parents Feri and Gina try a different strategy to get relief from local boss Simon.

No Touching (Dir: Adam Davis) 13 min, USA 
In a shady haunted house attraction where the performers are assaulting female patrons in order to make a name for themselves, the tables are turned when the performers attempt to take on two women who bring a new level of terror as they do some ass kicking of their own.

My Mom and the Girl (Susie Singer Carter) 20 min, USA
Dinner with friends takes a dark turn and leads a retired jazz singer suffering with Alzheimer's and her caregiver to a proverbial crossroads on the streets of East Los Angeles where they encounter The Girl and the three very disparate -- desperate -- women pull each other back into the light.

Run Time: 93 min. 

Saturday December 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

10:30pm

Late Night Shorts
The Procedure (Dir: Calvin Reeder) 4 min, USA
A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.

Leshy (Dir: Pavel Soukup) 23 min, Czech Republic
Karel is passionate forester who reigns his woods with tough but caring hand. In an abandoned part of the woods lurchers wake up a creature, who can be an equivalent opponent for him. In fairy tales this creature is called Leshy, but meeting it is definitely not a fairy tale. While Karel is trying to track Leshy, he is already closer than he had expected. Who will become the real ruler of the woods?

This Path (Dir:Meko Winbush) 17 min, USA
Detective Jessica Davis, makes a chance arrest that will give her and the man she has arrested a hard lesson in causality -- the capacity of one event to bring about the existence of a second.

Payday (Dir: Szilárd Bernáth) 22 min, Hungary
In Eastern Hungary, powerful insurers keep residents of the poorest Roma communities in a permanent debt spiral. Young parents Feri and Gina try a different strategy to get relief from local boss Simon.

Evil’s Evil Cousin (Dir: Richard Harper) 30 min, USA
During Pastor Bob's service one of the congregation takes a turn for the worse, inadvertently birthing himself out of himself; resulting in the arrival of his evil twin - 'Evil Terry'. Pastor Bob takes this as a sign from God, a test, a renewal of his lacking belief - perhaps - perhaps not. Food fights, trouser removal and shotgun exorcisms ensure and like all good things, the story ends in a sing song.

Boris in the Forest (Dir: Robert Hackett) 12 min, UK
A black comedy about a Californian geek in search of his horror hero Boris Karloff.

Run Time: 108 min 


Saturday December 3, 2016 10:30pm - Sunday December 4, 2016 11:30pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Sunday, December 4
 

3:45pm

SHORTS: Global Village
Late Night Drama (Dir: Patrice Lalibeté) 8 min, Canada
1:34 AM. A snowy suburb. Jérémie, 24, parks his modified car in front of a crowded club. His friends’ usual concerns (“Hey man, do you have something that will help me make it through the night”?) do not interest him. Jérémie is looking for someone.

The Salt Man (Dir: Seyed Sajad Moosavi) 15 min, Iran
Being left unsupported, Dr. Sa'id 'Aram, a genius artist, is obliged to work in a salt mine with his six-year-old girl ...

GlaswAsian Tales (Dir: Lalitha Rajan) 40 min, Scotland
Four young men, from Glasgow’s Southside immigrant communities, yearn for life and love, amidst the pressures, chaos and dangers in a community unsettled by change. 

A Magician (Dir: Max Blustin) 3 min, UK
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.

Black Cat (Dir: Leonei Savvides) 15 min, Australia
Black Cat is an atmospheric portrait of a single father and his teenage daughter growing apart, as she finds solace in black magic as an outlet for her growing sexuality. Black Cat is a Jane Campion mentored project and a Screen Australia funded film.

Chester (Dir: Monique Nagra) 15 min, UK
An older gentlemen is being reluctantly placed in a nursing home in the north of England. Unable to speak english, the man is perceived as a John Doe, and therefore has trouble engaging with other residents and staff. However over time and through the game of chess and the aid of a nurse Kelly, he is able to make friends and enjoy life again, until a chess piece goes missing.

Total Run TIme: 96 min

Sunday December 4, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Wednesday, December 7
 

3:15pm

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

5:30pm

SHORTS: Love & Pain
*Director Mark Tapio Kines in attendance 

Il Campione (The Champion )
 (Dir: Boming Jiang). 12 min, Italy 
Would you be able to laugh for five whole minutes? This is what Carmelo says people can do with his weird Smile Machine, the one he shows around fun fairs. He challenges people to laugh for five entire minutes without any interruption. One morning, everyone passing by his unique machine takes the challenge, with an unexpected winner.

How To Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps   (Dir:Benjamin Berman) 7 min, USA 
A four step guide to losing weight - kind of.

20 Matches (Dir: Mark Tapio Kines) 10 min, USA 
A young woman, her face illuminated only by match light, tells the story of an Austrian serial killer who murdered 20 immigrant women - one per year.

Thunder Road (Dir: Jim Cummings) 13 min, USA 
Grand Jury Prize Winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.

Gorilla  (Dir: Tibo Pinsard) 14 min, France 
Hollywood, 1952. Henry Corso performs a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle, but scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.

Curmudgeons (Dir: Jake DeVito) 17 min, USA 
A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty mouthed but endearing comedy.

Like A Butterfly ( DIr: Debbie Von Ahrens) 28 min, USA *Director in attendance!
When you are young and you can't see the true meaning of this life, only a wise old man can show you the way.

Total Run Time: 101 Min 


Wednesday December 7, 2016 5:30pm - 7:45pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Thursday, December 8
 

5:30pm

SHORTS: Hard Knocks
Sing for your Supper (Dir: Mu Sun) 15 min, UK
In a totalitarian world where one only eats as well as they can sing, a man must overcome his bout of laryngitis if he ever wants to eat again.

On Time (Dir: Xavier Neal-Burgin) 8 min, USA
Renee Johnson, a mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview.

Virgin Territory (Dir: Debbie Von Ahrens) 15 min, USA 
Virgin Territory is sex-positive, queer, and questioning coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who decides to have sex for the first time and commences her journey of sexual exploration.

Payday ( Dir: Szilárd Bernáth) 22 min, Hungary 
In Eastern Hungary, powerful insurers keep residents of the poorest Roma communities in a permanent debt spiral. Young parents Feri and Gina try a different strategy to get relief from local boss Simon.

No Touching (Dir: Adam Davis) 13 min, USA
In a shady haunted house attraction where the performers are assaulting female patrons in order to make a name for themselves, the tables are turned when the performers attempt to take on two women who bring a new level of terror as they do some ass kicking of their own.

My Mom and the Girl (Susie Singer Carter) 20 min, USA
Dinner with friends takes a dark turn and leads a retired jazz singer suffering with Alzheimer's and her caregiver to a proverbial crossroads on the streets of East Los Angeles where they encounter The Girl and the three very disparate -- desperate -- women pull each other back into the light.

Run Time: 93 min. 

Thursday December 8, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Alaska Experience Theatre - LARGE 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
 
Friday, December 9
 

2:00pm

Martini Matinee

Il Campione (The Champion ) Dir: Boming Jiang. 12 min, Italy
Would you be able to laugh for five whole minutes? This is what Carmelo says people can do with his weird Smile Machine, the one he shows around fun fairs. He challenges people to laugh for five entire minutes without any interruption. One morning, everyone passing by his unique machine takes the challenge, with an unexpected winner.

Fresh Chocolate Bar  (Dir: Elizabeth Elston). 4 min, Australia  
A love poem to a chocolate bar.

Thunder Road
(Dir: Jim Cummings) 13 min, USA
Grand Jury Prize Winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.

I'll Wait Here (Dir: Harry Buerkle) 8min, AUSTRIA
The film follows a day in the lives of two adorable grandparents as they are adjusting to life after he has gone blind after an accident.

Starring Austin Pendleton (Dir:Gene Gallerano) 18 min, USA
'The most famous actor you've never heard of.' Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A­-list peers discuss his vast influence and dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today's celebrity­ obsessed world.

A Reasonable Request
(Dir: Andrw Laurich) 9 min, USA  
A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father to ask an unspeakable favor that will change their lives forever.

Curmudgeons
(Dir: Jake DeVito) 17 min, USA
A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty mouthed but endearing comedy.

Death$ in a $mall Town
(Dir: Mark Jones) 7 min, USA
A mayor has a unique way to revive the fortunes of his small town that had been losing citizens, businesses and tourist prior to his taking office.

Pickle (Dir: Amy Nicholson) 15 min, USA
Let us reflect on the brief existence of Pickle the fish. Although he could not swim, he was lovingly cared for by a couple that kept him propped up in a sponge. Along with an obese chicken, a cat with a heart condition, and a paraplegic possum, his life is a celebration of man’s eternal capacity to care for all creatures. He will be dearly missed.


Run Time: 103 min


 


Friday December 9, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
BearTooth Theatrepub 1230 W 27th Ave
 
Saturday, December 10
 

12:00pm

Shorts: Global Village
Late Night Drama (Dir: Patrice Lalibeté) 8 min, Canada 
1:34 AM. A snowy suburb. Jérémie, 24, parks his modified car in front of a crowded club. His friends’ usual concerns (“Hey man, do you have something that will help me make it through the night”?) do not interest him. Jérémie is looking for someone.

The Salt Man (Dir: Seyed Sajad Moosavi) 15 min, Iran
Being left unsupported, Dr. Sa'id 'Aram, a genius artist, is obliged to work in a salt mine with his six-year-old girl ...

GlaswAsian Tales (Dir: Lalitha Rajan) 40 min, Scotland
Glasgow, Scotland. Now. In the tough edged south of the city young members of the South Asian community try to find a way to be true to themselves. 
Farooq, a jaded radio DJ is reinvigorated by the prospect of love and adventure. Haroun, a violent young man, in being open about his sexuality, finally discovers a connection with someone that is worth fighting for. Aaqil, tries to come to terms with a future without his daughter, now that his partner has discovered the truth about his past. How will they sustain themselves in this uncompromising part of the city? And all the while, in the park, as young Jaz makes his way, the spirit of hip hop seems to be enabling young teenagers to make a different future.

A Magician (Dir: Max Blustin) 3 min, UK
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.

Black Cat (Dir: Leonei Savvides) 15 min, Australia
Black Cat is an atmospheric portrait of a single father and his teenage daughter growing apart, as she finds solace in black magic as an outlet for her growing sexuality. Black Cat is a Jane Campion mentored project and a Screen Australia funded film.

Chester (Dir: Monique Nagra) 15 min, UK
An older gentlemen is being reluctantly placed in a nursing home in the north of England. Unable to speak english, the man is perceived as a John Doe, and therefore has trouble engaging with other residents and staff. However over time and through the game of chess and the aid of a nurse Kelly, he is able to make friends and enjoy life again, until a chess piece goes missing.

Total Run TIme: 96 min


Saturday December 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Anchorage Museum 625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

5:45pm

SHORTS: Love & Pain
Il Campione (The Champion ) (Dir: Boming Jiang). 12 min, Italy 
Would you be able to laugh for five whole minutes? This is what Carmelo says people can do with his weird Smile Machine, the one he shows around fun fairs. He challenges people to laugh for five entire minutes without any interruption. One morning, everyone passing by his unique machine takes the challenge, with an unexpected winner.

How To Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps   (Dir:Benjamin Berman) 7 min, USA 
A four step guide to losing weight - kind of.

20 Matches (Dir: Mark Tapio Kines) 10 min, USA 
A young woman, her face illuminated only by match light, tells the story of an Austrian serial killer who murdered 20 immigrant women - one per year.

Thunder Road (Dir: Jim Cummings) 13 min, USA 
Grand Jury Prize Winner at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.

Gorilla  (Dir: Tibo Pinsard) 14 min, France 
Hollywood, 1952. Henry Corso performs a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle, but scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.

Curmudgeons (Dir: Jake DeVito) 17 min, USA 
A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty mouthed but endearing comedy.

Like A Butterfly ( DIr: Debbie Von Ahrens) 28 min, USA *Director in attendance!
When you are young and you can't see the true meaning of this life, only a wise old man can show you the way.

Total Run Time: 101 Min 


Saturday December 10, 2016 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Alaska Experience - SMALL 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501