The Ashland Independent Film Festival has been presented by the non-profit Southern Oregon Film Society since 2001. Held each spring over 5 days at the Varsity Theatre in downtown Ashland, Oregon, the festival presents international and domestic shorts and features in almost every genre: documentary, animation, dramatic, experimental, etc.
The 11th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival is scheduled for April 12-16, 2012. Most of the 80 highest quality independent films play at the art-deco Varsity Theatre located in the heart of historic downtown Ashland, The Washington Post called “a dream you’ll never want to leave.” Special events are held at the Historic Ashland Armory nearby. Over 7000 cinema lovers gather each year and filmmakers of the documentaries, features and shorts come from around the world come to engage with the audience. The AIFF features filmmaker Q/A after screenings, festival parties and the nightly afterLOUNGE at a local pub.
Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell and more. Last April, the 10th annual event was the largest ever with over 7,000 filmgoers purchasing 18,000 tickets.The festival continues to gain national attention as a high quality regional film festival. Ernest Hardy of the LA Weekly said the festival is “well on its way to being one of my favorite American film festivals, period. It’s the almost-perfect blend of programming, audience and location. Shawn Levy, of The Oregonian newspaper, said the AIFF “offers movie lovers that sense of being in a magical place…Southern Oregon doesn’t have anything else like it — nor, in fact, do most places on Earth. The Ashland Independent Film Festival includes a gala Opening Night Bash, Thursday, April 12. The event is held at the Ashland Springs Hotel and features “Savor the Rogue,” a specialty food and wine tasting presented by the Rogue Creamery with regional gourmet offerings including the Creamery’s award winning cheeses, chocolates, and more as well as Southern Oregon’s internationally famous wines and ales. Sunday evening, April 15, juried and Audience Awards will be presented at the annual Awards Celebration party and dinner at the Historic Armory. Ashland Independent Film Festival passes are available now. Individual tickets go on sale in mid-March at www.ashlandfilm.org and at the AIFF box office on the plaza in Ashland.
Event Location: Varsity Theatre and other Ashland venues
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