5 days of 100+ great docs, features, shorts
Full houses and engaged audiences—even at 9am!
Daily Filmmaker panels and nightly parties
Located in historic downtown Ashland, Oregon
Please see the list of award winners on our website. Please note that international films are not eligible for competition. We provide awards & laurels to all winners for promotion. All selected films will have access to our official selection laurels.
Acclaimed jurors from the independent film community
Special Guests have included Eleanor Coppola, Chris Cooper James Ivory, Greg Louganis, Morgan Spurlock, Barbara Kopple, Lucy Walker, Ty Burrell, Albert Maysles, Julie Taymor, Helen Hunt, Les Blank, Elvis Mitchell, Bruce Campbell, Ondi Timoner, Harry Shearer, Barbara Hammer, Gordon Quinn, Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing.
“I can confidently say that AIFF is one of the warmest, hospitable, well-organized, and FUN festivals I have ever attended. From the very beginning, you were all so welcoming and kind. You treated us so well and we felt so taken care of and appreciated. All the staff and volunteers were so hard working, and I could tell that they all had a true love for Ashland, the festival, and for cinema.
Above all, what I loved most about AIFF was that it truly felt like a CELEBRATION! There was so much joy surrounding film, and such love for art. This meant that everywhere we turned, we felt constantly encouraged and supported." - Jean Lee, Original Sin
AIFF Alumni Filmmakers rave about spending time in Ashland—a vibrant community of 20,000 who love the arts, outdoors, the scenic Rogue Valley (in the sunny part of the state near the CA border), the Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, white water rafting, miles of trails in our backyard, Crater Lake, local wines, cheeses, chocolates... and the annual celebration of independent film!
We're committed to providing the best festival experience possible. Enjoy the hospitality of our staff and volunteers as we extensively promote your film, which is screened several times over five days, in theaters packed with intelligent and engaged audiences.
“The Ashland Independent Film Festival is one of those festivals that works like a great chorus: all the elements - the town, the landscape, the venues, the programmers, the audiences, the other filmmakers - all work together and resonate in a wonderful and powerful way. Our first time at the festival we hope will not be our last…" - Alex Rivera, The Infiltrators
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