Call for Entries for the 2017 Ashland Independent Film Festival
will open on September 2, 2016

LAUNCH Your Story and Watch Your Film Take Flight

We are looking for storytellers for the LAUNCH Student Film Competition with short films that are innovative, inventive, creative, original, inspiring, relevant, compelling, entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, and unique.

Do you have a great story to share?  Here’s what you need to know:
  • No entry fee—it’s FREE!
  • Films need to be 5 minutes or under.
  • Genres include animation, claymation, documentary, or narrative—it’s up to you!
  • Five categories: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, college undergrads, and PridePrize.
  • Winners receive CASH prizes!
  • Students must live in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties in OR; Del Norte or Siskiyou counties in CA.
  • Fill out the LAUNCH Entry Form today! - Available here on September 2nd
  • Have a question? Check out our LAUNCH FAQs, or contact us at
  • LAUNCH winning films from past festivals can be viewed on our website.
  • The deadline to submit is January 6, 2017.
  • Filmmaker will be notified if they made it into the film festival on February 1, 2017.

The PridePrize – A Component of the LAUNCH Film Competition
To celebrate diversity, identity, and discovery through the art of film, we now offer a special prize for outstanding student-made films that speak to the LGBTQ+ experience. All regional student filmmakers, grades 9-12 and college undergrads, are eligible for the PridePrize ($500) if the following criteria are met:
  • First, you must be eligible for the LAUNCH competition (see Submission info above).
  • Next, your film must comply with LAUNCH guidelines.
  • Finally, the film must be LGBTQ+ themed.
Your LGBTQ+ themed film may be about youth/adults and the issues (social, political, etc.), contemporary or historical, which affect the lives of individuals, groups,
their communities, and our society at-large.


What happens once I submit my film?

Everyone who submits a film receives two tickets to AIFF17!

Winners will have their film screened during the Ashland Independent Film Festival, April 6-10, 2017, receive a Filmmaker Pass and a VIP Plus One Pass to all films and special events, interact with filmmakers from around the world, and participate in Q&As after the screenings.


“You may think that only experts get their film into the film festival, but thats not true. What they are really looking for is something thats creative and thats made by kids.”     –Alex Meyer, 8th grade LAUNCH winner


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16th Annual AIFF
April 6-10, 2017

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