Anchorage International Film Festival 2016

The festival will be December 2 - 11, 2016.   Here's the official AIFF 2016 Festival site.


Part 1: What's Happening Today?  

UPDATED Friday, Jan 27 2016 

Today I put up my suggestions for the festival organizers for next year.

Jan 8,  I put up some video from the Q&A after the films on GayLa night - with Alex Myung (Arrival) and Bennett Wallace (Real Boy) answering questions from the audience.

I've also updated this page.  I'd gotten distracted and there were some posts missing.  I think I've got them all up now.

But I want to add a number of posts in the next couple of weeks.
  • I have some video of film maker Q&As I need to edit and post.  
    • Alex Myung and Bennett Wallace   (Done Jan 8)
    • The First Girl I Loved Q&A
    • The Happys Q&A
    • No Land or Water In Sight Q&A
  • I'd like to share my winners compared to the festival choices and my reasons.[Done Dec 20]
  • A post on the portrayal of women in the features. 
  • Some suggestions for the festival for next year.  (Jan 27)

Overall, it was a pretty well  run festival with a lot of outstanding films and some neat musical programing that fit well with the films.  There were a lot of filmmakers and we had snow and some 0˚F weather to match the festival theme - Films Worth Freezing For.

I have a list of the award winners with pictures from the Award Ceremony (as well as from earlier in the festival) of winners and some festival volunteers.


Latest Posts

Fri Jan 27, 2017
AIFF2016:  Suggestions for Next Year's Festival - a few thoughts for the organizers to think about for next year.
Sunday, Jan 8, 2017 
AIFF2016: GayLa Night Filmmakers Bennett Wallace (Real Boy) and Alex Myung (Arrival) Q&A - Finally, I've posted the video of the Q&A after the GayLa night films. 
Tues Dec 20, 2016 
AIFF2016:  My Picks Alongside The Festival Picks - I comment on the winning film choices and offer some films I saw and thought deserved a little more attention.  
Sun Dec 11, 2016
AIFF2016: 3 Docs, Awards, Best of Fest on Last Day of Festival





Part 2:  Tips and Background
AIFF-2014-Questions (and-answers) People Should Be Asking About The Festival   The ins and outs of the festival.  How to find films, get tickets, find free activities, should you get a pass, how to use Festival Genius, and lots, lots more tips on getting around the festival.  [UPDATED Nov. 25, 2014 adding clarifications from Jim Parker, Director of Film Programs.] [Nov. 7, 2015 - Festival Genius has been replaced by SCHED this year.  Here's a link to my first impressions of SCHED.]
AIFF 2014: Deciphering Film Festival Jargon: Feature, In Competition, Official Selection, And More  This post goes through the jargon so you know what the key terms mean at the film festival.  


Part 3:  Posts With Videos of People at the Festival

Sunday, Jan 8, 2017  
AIFF2016: GayLa Night Filmmakers Bennett Wallace (Real Boy) and Alex Myung (Arrival) Q&A - Finally, I've posted the video of the Q&A after the GayLa night films.  

Dec. 9, 2016

AIFF2016: John Serpe, Producer of The Happys - briefly introduces his film on video

Monday, December 05, 2016

Sunday, December 04, 2016

AIFF2016: Sunday Choices From Climate Change to Auschwitz to Love -  - has video of Lalihta Rajan director of GlaswAsian.
AIFF2016: Audience Member Talks About Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show - John responds to Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

Saturdayday, December 03, 2016

AIFF2016: Saturday Suggestions - Demimonde For Sure - Video tape of Atilla Szász from 2014 where he talks about his next film, which is Demimonde.





Part 3:  Films In Competition

FEATURES
  • Demimonde (Hungary)
  • Donald Cried (USA) 
  • First Girl I Loved (USA)
  • Heredity (Columbia) 
  • Planet Outtakring (Austria) 
  • Youth in Oregon (USA) 
DOCUMENTARY

Documentary Shorts
  • I’ll Wait Here (Austria) 
  • Pickle (USA) 
  • Starring Austin Pendleton (USA) 
  • The BlindSide (India) 

Feature-Length Documentaries
  • Best and Most Beautiful Things (USA)
  • Drokpa (China)
  • Goodbye Darling, I’m Off to Fight (Italy) 
  • SHU-DE! (USA)
  • Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show (USA)
  • The Cinema Travellers (India)
  • The Slippers (USA) 

ANIMATION
  • Murderous Tales (Czech Republic) 1:20:00
  • Green Light (South Korea) 15
  • A Space in Time (France) 13:58
  • Adija (USA) 4
  • Alike (Spain) 8
  • Arrival: A Short Film by Alex Myung (USA)  23
  • Hum (USA) 8:30
  • Just Like it Used to Be (USA) 4:52
  • My Life I Don't Want (Myanmar) 12:00
  • Pearl (United Kingdom, USA)  6:00
  • Red (Iran) 1:40
  • Under the Apple Tree (Netherlands) 18:20
I was wondering why there were so many in Animation, so I added the length to each.  I'm guessing they divided them into longer and shorter films  There are six that are 12 or more minutes and six that are under nine minutes.  I'll check on this.  There are 35 films listed in this category

MADE IN ALASKA
  • Alaska's Mind-Blowing Aurora
  • Find Me
  • I am Yupik
  • Interior
  • Speaking from the HeART
  • Super Salmon
November 29, 2016
AIFF2016: Docs In Competition - Tibetan Nomads, Tuvan Throat Singers, Slanty Eyed Mamas, Thai Boxing, And Those Ruby  - The feature length documentaries in competition get introduced to help you decide what to watch.  This time with when and where to see them as well.

November 28, 2016
AIFF 2016: Features In Competition - descriptions of each of the features in competition, some with trailers.


November 27, 2016
AIFF 2016: Super Shorts In Competition - Matches, Magic, Weight Loss, And More - Descriptions of  the Super Short films in competition along with schedule of which programs they are playing with, when, and where.
 November 20, 2016
AIFF 2016: Shorts In Competition - Old Stars Dominate: Danny DeVito, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper  - Only the shorts and super short films in competition have been identified so far.  Here's an overview of what's been chosen, plus some scheduling help so you can find the programs they're in and when they are playing.




INDEX OF POSTS


Here's an index of posts I did before, during, and after the festival.  There are still a few more videos I need to edit and post and I want to do a post on suggestions for next year.  Most recent posts first.

Fri Jan 27, 2017
AIFF2016:  Suggestions for Next Year's Festival - a few thoughts for the organizers to think about for next year.

Sunday, Jan 8, 2017
AIFF2016: GayLa Night Filmmakers Bennett Wallace (Real Boy) and Alex Myung (Arrival) Q&A - Finally, I've posted the video of the Q&A after the GayLa night films.
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016
AIFF2016: My Picks Alongside The Festival's Picks  - I discuss the festival winners and, in some cases, my alternative picks.  Overall, I didn't have too much disagreement with the judges this year.


Sunday, Dec 11

AIFF 2016: Film Festival Winners - This post was updated live at the Awards Banquet and has a list of the winners with photos from the event.   
AIFF 2016:  LA Movies - This posts briefly discusses two films - The Happys and No Light and No Land Anywhere.  Photos of film makers from both films. 

AIFF2016: 3 Docs, Awards, Best of Fest on Last Day of the Festival - Preview of things to see on the last day.

Saturday, Dec 10
AIFF2016: Donald Cried Follow Up (Scheduled for 2pm AK time Saturday) - Follow up on Donald Cried with interview with Kris Aredisian and crew at  Film Society of Lincoln Center. 

Friday, December 09, 2016

AIFF2016: Donald Cried Follow Up - more on Donald Cried including a video of Kris Avedisian and crew at Film Society of Lincoln Center answering questions about the film. 
AIFF2016: John Serpe, Producer of The Happys - John Serpe talks about his film The Happys.  
AIFF2016: A Trip To Rural India, Donald and Peter, Susie and Liz Great NightDiscussion of Cinema Travelers and Donald Cried - a film that really got into my head.  Also I get to meet with Susie Singer Carter and Liz Torres (picture) from My Mom and the Girl.

Thursday, December 08, 2016


AIFF2016: Thursday India, Dragon Animation, And MoreLook at the schedule for Thursday. (some of these are posts on their own, others are temporarily up in the What's Happening Today? section.)


Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
AIFF2016 - Catching Up - Prince Achmed, Best and Most Beautiful Things, Arrival, and Real Boy -  Catching up with photos of the last couple of nights.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

AIFF2016:  Tuesday Choices - Best and Most Beautiful Things, Arrival, and Real Boy - look at what's coming for Tuesday with video of Arrival filmmaker Alex Myung. 
Monday Dec. 5, 2016
AIFF2016: Monday Choices Are Easy - Columbia and a Trip to Oregon to Die - The two choices tonight at the Bear Tooth - Heredity and Youth In Oregon.
AIFF2016:  Another Good Day of Films  - quick look back at Sunday

Dec. 4, 2016
AIFF2016:  Sunday Choices - From Climate Change to Auschwitz to Love  - Some highlights for Sunday Dec 4 - with a video of filmmaker Lalihta Rajan 
AIFF2016: Audience Member Talks About Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show - Video
December 3, 2016
AIFF2016: Hard Knocks - Wow! Powerful Shorts Program - UPDATED - updated several times during the day - an account of a good day of film watching.
AIFF2016:  Full House For Opening Night North American Premiere of Sugar Mountain - some pictures of the band Blackwater Railroad Company, actors Drew Roy and Haley Webb , and animator Alex Myung.

December 1, 2016
AIFF2016:  Sugar Mountain Opens Festival Friday at Bear Tooth - a bit of a description and the trailer for the opener.


November 29, 2016
AIFF2016: Docs In Competition - Tibetan Nomads, Tuvan Throat Singers, Slanty Eyed Mamas, Thai Boxing, And Those Ruby  - The feature length documentaries in competition get introduced to help you decide what to watch.  This time with when and where to see them as well.

November 28, 2016
AIFF 2016: Features In Competition - descriptions of each of the features in competition, some with trailers.

November 27, 2016
AIFF 2016: Super Shorts In Competition - Matches, Magic, Weight Loss, And More - Descriptions of  the Super Short films in competition along with schedule of which programs they are playing with, when, and where.

November 20, 2016
AIFF 2016: Shorts In Competition - Old Stars Dominate: Danny DeVito, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper  - Only the shorts and super short films in competition have been identified so far.  Here's an overview of what's been chosen, plus some scheduling help so you can find the programs they're in and when they are playing.

October 19, 2016:
AIFF2016 What's In A Name?  Anchorage International Film Festival Films Selected - The First Look  - This first post looks at the lists of films selected to be in this year's festival and groups them by category and country of origin.  There are a few glimpses of images from some of the films and a few titles.  But you can see all the titles at the link to the AIFF2016 website.

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