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18 Years of Celebration & Respect
from Filmmakers and Industry

"I have not stopped talking about AIFF and the incredible hospitality of the the community in Ashland. Ashland is uncategorically my favorite place to visit in the US. Every aspect of the artist experience at AIFF is authentic, invigorating and joyous. Bravo to the staff and volunteers and community!" - Patrick Bresnan, PAHOKEE (AIFF2019)

“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 (AIFF2019 Rogue Award Recipient)

"Filmmakers should absolutely submit to Ashland. It's a one-stop shop for everything you could possibly want in a festival experience - amazing movies, awesome venues, beautiful scenery, wonderful hospitality, and terrific audiences. We had a blast, and you will too."
- Maverick Moore, MY DINNER WITH WERNER (AIFF2019)

"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. After one screening in particular, the Original Sin team got quite emotional because of how truly appreciated and accepted we felt by the audience." - Jean Lee, ORIGINAL SIN (AIFF2019)

"Ashland is a special festival: not only does it have a stellar program of thought provoking, innovative films, it has a well-earned reputation for true warmth and hospitality." - Poppy Walker, DUST DEVIL (AIFF2019)

"Thank you so much for what is unquestionably the best festival I've ever attended.
The whole experience was nourishing and rewarding - it was a privilege to take part in Q&As with fellow filmmakers and such an engaged and interested audience." - Max Blustin, SORCERESS (AIFF2019)

"AIFF does right by filmmakers! AIFF helps an independent filmmaker remember why they're making films. The smart and thoughtful audiences, the incredible AIFF staff, the filmmaker perks ... all recharge a filmmaker's passion for their craft." - Marga Laube, WAVE HANDS LIKE CLOUDS (AIFF2019)
"It was such a magical experience that I will forever treasure and be appreciative for. The films at the program were fantastic and inspiring, everyone that worked there was so welcoming and caring, and the audiences were so engaged and enthusiastic. I can honestly say this was the first time I really felt like I was part of a filmmaking community. I think any filmmaker who is looking for a thoughtful and engaged audience, and to be a part of a warm and caring community should absolutely submit to the AIFF. Being a part of the AIFF family is a dream come true for any artist. - Jon Bloch, WAITING GAME (AIFF2019)

“It’s not just one thing that makes the festival great. The town has a charm. There is an open atmosphere where the filmmakers really get to meet and talk to each other, and the mixers that the festival puts on encourages that even more. And the town really turns out for every screening. They were one of the most receptive and engaged audiences I have had the pleasure of screening my film for. It's the perfect mix of everything you want at a film festival." - Pablo Bryant-Producer/Director, MR.FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END, 2018 Special Jury Recognition: Documentary Feature

“I met so many incredible people while there, and left with inspiration. It's truly a magical place.” - Zackary Drucker, 2018 Pride Award Recipient

“Thanks again for putting on such an outstanding fest. So well organized, my head is still spinning.” – Cullen Hoback, Director, What Lies Upstream (AIFF2017)

“A big thank you for making our stay in Ashland so pleasant and memorable - it was really wonderful!  We loved being there!” – Paco deOnis, Skylight, Director, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (AIFF2017)

“What a fabulous time we had in Ashland! We were greeted at every turn by the festival's warm hospitality and overwhelmed by the reception of the audiences at each of our screenings. We couldn’t have hoped for a more positive experience.” – Tommie Smith, Director, The Groove is Not Trivial (AIFF2017)

“Of course I would tell any filmmaker to submit to Ashland! The audiences are passionate and engaged, attendance is robust, communication between festival staff and filmmakers is stellar, and there is a really wonderful communal spirit to the entire enterprise. It’s nice to be situated in a place where it’s so easy to walk to everything. All the parties were terrific and a great way to meet new people. I really have not one critical thing to say.” – Katherine Dieckmann, Director, Strange Weather (AIFF2017)

"Thanks Ashland Independent Film Festival for a one-of-a-kind festival experience --- the best organizers and volunteers, the kindest people, packed screenings every day with audiences that know their movies, all set in front of Pacific Northwestern mountains. #FilmmakersDream We will be back." – Kane Senes, Co-Director, For Now (AIFF2017)

"Ashland is so much fun!  The festival has great films, the town is small and easy to navigate with yummy restaurants and a park right in the center, but most of all is the exemplary gracious and embracing nature of the festival staff and volunteers. I can't tell you how often I was told "We are so happy you came to the festival!".  If you want a small, easy, relaxed place to screen your film in top quality theaters then AIFF is for you!" – Barbara Hammer, Pride Award Recipient (AIFF2016) 
"Thank you AIFF for all that you do! Festivals like this are how filmmakers like us find the motivation to keep going." – Alexandria Bombach,  How We Choose (AIFF2016), Frame by Frame (AIFF2015)
"We had such a fun time in your beautiful town!  What a wonderful film festival – it’s as cool as everyone has always told us!  And everyone was just so kind and welcoming!" – Steven Bognar,  Foundry Night Shift, Making Morning Star, The Last Reel  (AIFF2016) The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (AIFF2010)
"AIFF really took care of us as filmmakers and provided an exceptional forum for connecting with audiences and filmmakers.  The whole thing - from the opening party through the classy awards ceremony - was beautifully designed, elegant, warm, and vibrant." – Andrew Perez, Bastards y Diablos (AIFF2016)
"Just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful honor of WMM, the great screening of Sonita and an all around fabulous fest! You all ROCK!" – Debra Zimmerman, Sonita (AIFF2016) Panelist (AIFF2016)
"We had such an amazing time in Ashland, and felt the energy and enthusiasm of the audiences. The Q&As were engaged and fun to be part of. I was personally moved by the many people who came up to us after each screening to share their stories." 
– Ian McCluskey, Voyagers Without Trace (AIFF2016)
"The warmth, generosity and support of all the staff, volunteers and people of Ashland bowled me over. Everything I read about AIFF is true; you do really care about and appreciate the filmmakers. I saw a lot of amazing films, made new friends and discovered one of the sweetest towns in the country." – Sandi Perlmutter, Gotta Have Heart (AIFF2016)
"I just wanted to wish you and all the Ashland people a very big THANK YOU for inviting me to your festival, the first one I could attend for my film 20 Matches. I'm extra proud now that I know that my little short was selected among so many heavy-hitters. You've inspired me to make another film, if for no other reason than to submit to AIFF again." – Mark Tapio Kines, 20 Matches (AIFF2016)
"I have covered lots of film festivals with my Teen Press. Even traveled to a couple. And this year I have been all over the country being in film festivals. What I uniquely take away from yours is the sense of community you have woven in and around your festival. From programmers to board members to drivers to ushers to ticket takers to food sharers to sidewalkers. No service too large or too small to be recognized. Everyone was so welcoming, not only to me as a guest, but to each other as a community. I felt like we were all sharing the same, big bucket of popcorn, and when people ask me how Ashland was, that is what I speak of first: the amazing, purposeful, and community of our better nature that you have worked so hard to weave." – John Boettner,Teen Press  (AIFF2016)
"All the little touches (ie, women breakfast, gifts, food...) were really appreciated and the sign of an amazing festival organisation. Many thanks again for inviting me to the festival and making it one I will cherish in my memories." –​ Magali Pettier, Addicted to Sheep (AIFF2016)
"All best and thanks so much for everything-Ashland was incredible through and through - YAY!! Seriously, you guys were all amazing . I will fondly recount my (hopefully, first) AIFF experience forever." – Natalie Avital, The Three Hikers (AIFF2016)
"Thank you so much. You've got an amazing festival and we're truly humbled and touched to have (co)-won the audience award. It's so thrilling to get an award from such a well-regarded festival!! We had a great time in Ashland!" – Dana Nachman, Director & Liza Meak, Producer, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (AIFF2015)

"I can't thank you enough for the AMAZING weekend I had in Ashland at the festival! You were so warm and welcoming and organized and enthusiastic!!! Thanks to the AIFF team for a Great festival! Great town! We screened Back on Board: Greg Louganis to a sold-out crowd who gave us a standing ovation! Thanks again for everything!! And to other filmmakers, be sure to submit your film next year to this incredible festival!" –Cheryl Furjanic, Director, Back on Board: Greg Louganis (AIFF2015) 

"Happy times in one of the dreamier of American towns — thanks Ashland Independent Film Festival! Thanks for the good times and the good awards. What a fantastic festival to have been a part of — thank you to the programmers for having us, and to the audiences for coming out to see the film and thinking so highly of it!" – Katherine Fairfax Wright, Producer, Imperial Dreams (AIFF2015)​

"Thank you so very much -- this was truly an incredible and unforgettable festival. Your care and hospitality of the filmmakers is really special, and the Ashland audiences were inquisitive, engaged, excited... We couldn't be more honored to have received their pick as the co-Audience Award winning film. I'll be taking my husband down to Ashland at some point soon... I've been raving since I got home. You have a beautiful community, and have created a very special place with the film festival there." – Mo Scarpelli, Co-Director, Frame by Frame (AIFF2015)

"What a blast... Thank you for all you do. I'm sure you get this all the time, but Ashland was my favorite festival so far. I feel like I made more good friends in that concentrated amount of time than I do in most years. It really speaks to the glowing energy that everyone puts in. Makes it easy to celebrate and connect...love it." – Alexandria Bombach, Co-Director, Frame by Frame (AIFF2015)​

"Thank you for an extraordinary two days at AIFF. It’s the most nourishing, supportive, classy, down-home, well-programmed festival there is. Part of what made it so enjoyable as an attending filmmaker was feeling so taken care of and connected to all that was going on. With gratitude…" – Annie Silverstein, Director, Skunk (AIFF2015)

"Leaving film festivals always makes me sad, but this weekend at the Ashland Independent Film Festival was something else. I met so many talented and incredibly kind filmmakers, staff, and audience members, and I really feel blessed. Thank you for including Christmas, Again in a such a special festival. I can only hope to be back soon!" – Charles Poekel, Director, Christmas, Again (AIFF2015)

"Wow, what a GREAT time we had at the fest. We're still grinning about it all: the films, the AIFF staff, the town itself, the restaurants and shops and Lithia Park.  Awesome. SO happy and honored to have won the Jim Teece "Local Hero" Audience Award: Short Film. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality this past weekend and for accepting our film into AIFF. What a great time we had. Memories for a lifetime. All the very best to you all." – Chris & Heather King, Director, Producer, Birthday (AIFF2015)

"Thank you for the great festival, the accommodations, the wonderful people, and everything. Literally one of my top three fests of all time! I really appreciate all the people, events, screening help, volunteers, board and staff. You guys are great." – Frank Hall Green, Director, WIildlike (AIFF2015)​

"We never skip Ashland." – Bill Ross & Turner Ross, Co-Directors, Western (AIFF2015), Tchoupitoulas (AIFF2013), 45365 (AIFF2010)

"Thank you! You run one of the hands-down best festivals in the country. Beauty, inspiration and celebration abound. So happy to have been there! (although I'm STILL catching up on sleep)." – Lawrence Everson‪, Sound Designer, Western; The Bad Boy of Bowling (AIFF2015)​

"I returned home last night having had the most amazing time at the festival and I know I made many new friends while in Ashland. Congratulations on a fantastic event." – Liz Ogilvie, Juror (AIFF2015)

"Just wanted to send my thanks for all you did to create what was an incredibly memorable and wonderful weekend for my daughter and I. She says that Ashland is in her top 5 cities, so I imagine there will be return visits. Looking forward to more AIFF in the future." – AJ Schnack, TalkBack moderator, AIFF Alumni filmmaker Caucus (AIFF2010); Convention (AIFF2013); We Always Lie to Strangers (AIFF2013)

"Thank you so much for such a great time in Ashland. This was the most fun I’ve had at a regional fest and I’m so glad I got to attend this year." – Neal Block, Magnolia Pictures, Juror

"The Ashland Independent Film Festival is one of those regional gems that gives me faith and hope for the future of independent cinema. Great town, great people, great atmosphere, great movies, great everything!" – Michael Tully, Director, Ping Pong Summer (AIFF2014)

"Passionate audiences, gorgeous venues, stellar programming, interactions with filmmakers and locals.... everything was perfect about our festival experience. We wish we could come back every year!" – Ben Cotner and Ryan White, Co-Directors, The Case Against 8 (AIFF2014)

"I absolutely loved my time here. At each of my screenings, the thoughtful, engaged discussion that resulted from the Q&As brought me to tears and further reminded me of the power of film. You clearly have cultivated a passionate audience here! I'm leaving deeply inspired. There's such a wonderful sense of community present at the Ashland Independent Film Festival." – Sara Dosa, Producer, Elena (AIFF2014);  Director, The Last Season (VWFW 2014)

"The best films, the best people, the best time imaginable. The real craft of filmmaking is alive, well, and celebrated here with its culture of independence and excellence in both fiction and nonfiction films." – Lucy Walker, Rogue Award honoree & Director, The Crash Reel (AIFF2013), The Lion's Mouth Opens (AIFF2014), Waste Land (AIFF2011)

"Ashland is the film festival version of heaven. When I'm in the middle of making a film and am feeling stressed, depressed and tired, I think, 'You must go on so you can get back to Ashland.' This festival makes it all worthwhile." – Roger Ross Williams, The Turning Point (AIFF2007); Music by Prudence (AIFF2010), God Love UgandaOD LOVES UGANDA (AIFF2013)

"Ashland does everything right — the location is beautiful, they treat you like family, the programming is outstanding, the audiences are supportive and smart, everything is well-run, and they make it easy to meet other filmmakers in a relaxed environment. By the end of AIFF you want to make another movie just so you can come back and experience the festival again.” – Jeff Malmberg, Director & Chris Shellen, Producer, Marwencol (AIFF2010)

“Ashland is paradise and the film festival is a rich, delightful thing to be a part of.” –Helen Hunt, Rogue Award honoree & Director/Actress, Then She Found Me (AIFF2008)

"I have received many honors; none of them have touched me as deeply and soulfully..." – Albert Maysles, AIFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree & Director, The Gates, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens (AIFF2008); Iris (AIFF2015)

“I think Ashland's unique in the festival world because there's a camaraderie that develops between the filmmakers, the festival staff and the audiences, and that's rare. The chemistry comes from everyone being together in this charming little town, full of people who are passionate about film.” – Will Parrinello, Director, Emile Norman: By His Own Design (AIFF2007)

 “Ashland is quite simply the dream festival of all time! In 30 years of attending film festivals, I have never come across one as productive, as stimulating, or as much fun.” –Henry Jaglom, Artistic Achievement Award honoree & Director, Deja Vu, Festival in Cannes (AIFF2006)

“This festival is fantastic, it has a heart and soul like NO other.”  – Chris Eyre, Special Guest &  Director, Smoke Signals (AIFF2006)

"The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill was rejected by all the big festivals. After our film was selected by Ashland, the momentum started building. Recognition with the Audience Award helped us get two distribution offers, and Wild Parrots became one of the top 25 highest-grossing documentaries of all time." – Judy Irving, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (AIFF2004)
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