AIFF offers blocks of tickets to school groups for the Ashland Street Cinema, where we curate school group programs just for your students to experience as part of the regular school day. Our staff will be happy to work with you on ticketing arrangements. All school group tickets (students & adult chaperones) will be sold at the student ticket price. Theaters will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.
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We are looking for local 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. All film genres are accepted: animation, documentary, or narrative—it’s up to you! There are five categories with cash prizes: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college undergrads. More Information
There are usually three TalkBacks (moderated discussions among film experts and the audience) per festival on different topics. They are held at the Ashland Springs Hotel, steps from the Varsity Theatre, and less than 10 minutes walk from the Armory. Usually TalkBacks are held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 11:30 am. Free, but ticket is required. (They often sell out, so you’ll want to plan ahead.)
Festival in the Schools is a program that takes guest filmmakers, lecturers and artists into local schools in the area to speak with students about their work, the industry and what it takes to be a filmmaker and/or director. AIFF seeks to work with schools in Ashland and Medford to take film directors from both AIFF and Varsity World Film Week in October. Past school visits include Ashland High School, North Medford High School, South Medford High School, and Crater High School. In addition, AIFF offers CineSpace, a curated film screening during the festival along with a visit from a NASA educator who offers in-school presentations to elementary schools and students at North Medford and South Medford High School’s planetarium.
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University (SOU)’s spring course, OLLI Goes to the Ashland Independent Film Festival, since its launch in 2015, has enrolled more than 60 members each year. Participants attend a minimum of four films and join in the three two-hour class discussions. The course begins with an overview of the Festival and the importance of independent filmmaking. Discussions led by OLLI instructor Lorraine Vail focus on the filmmaker's intended message and what ethical conflicts were presented to the viewer. 25 freshmen from SOU's Honors College also join the OLLI film class members for one of the films and later participate in one discussion. This inter-generational experience has proven to be a successful and fulfilling endeavor for both the OLLI members and the students. More Information
Join us for a day of hands-on filmmaking activities and presentations geared towards families and kids six and older during our annual film festival.