Grab some popcorn. True to the motto, the Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) features international and independent films, and they are truly “films worth freezing for.” Alaska’s largest film festival features Alaskan auteurs and introduces new films and filmmakers from around the world to the Last Frontier. The silver screen shines Dec. 2-11, 2016 as the annual festival returns for its 16th year.
The 400-seat Bear Tooth Theatrepub serves as main venue, but films are spread across Anchorage screens. There are also filmmaker workshops, parties and events like the Martini Matinee and the Golden Oosikar Awards. Established in 2001, AIFF focuses on storytelling over star power, and favors thought-provoking film over blockbuster budgets.
The gala Golden Oosikar Awards (a name which combines the famous film award with a famous portion of walrus anatomy) recognizes the festival’s best feature, documentary, short film, animation and super short. Past AIFF award winners have gone on to win Academy Awards as well as honors at major film festivals.