TalkBack Panels have always been, and will continue to be, an important aspect of our live festivals. These moderated (and recorded) discussions among film experts and the audience focus on different topics each year. Past subjects have included: Filming Activists, Indie Documentary Journalism in the Age of Fake News, and Cinematic Literature, a discussion about cinematic adaptations of literary masterworks. Free recordings are available online.
Filmmaker travel, venue and equipment rental, and artist fees are made possible by grants and donations,
including support from the Ashland Springs Hotel and SOU's Digital Media Center.
OLLI GOES TO AIFF'S FESTIVALS (Participation fee paid to SOU)
Since 2015, AIFF has supported SOU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) courses that prepare audiences for festival films. Participants attend films and join in class discussions before and after the festival. An instructor facilitates discussions on the film's aesthetics and social messages. Freshmen from SOU's Honors College often join an OLLI film class and participate in a discussion for a rewarding inter-generational experience. OLLI has provided an important service to lifelong learners when Covid-19 required our festival to go virtual, assisting in the process of accessing all that AIFF has to offer online. More Information
AIFF staff facilitate film selections and speak to classes.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS (Free to general public/adults)
Expert facilitators and special guests hold in-depth conversations with audiences following films. Personal responses to films and possible social action are springboards to conversation.
Costs of room rentals and facilitation fees are underwritten by grants and donations.
AIFF FILM CENTER EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS, AND CLASSES
(Fees, with some free events) (General public)
AIFF will host skill-building workshops and film history classes, First Friday performances, lectures, and media installations at the new AIFF Film Center on Main Street as soon as health conditions allow.
Rental, instruction fees, scholarships, materials, supplies, and PR & marketing underwritten by grants and donations.
AIFF LEARN GRANTORS AND DONORS
Barbara Roastingear & Henry Oliver III Family Foundation
Gardner Grout Foundation
LGBTQ Juvenile Justice Fund
Emily Simon & Mary Ann Gernegliaro
Raymond Family Foundation
The Herman & Florence Siegel Foundation