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Ashland Independent Film Festival Announces its 20th Anniversary

April 15 - June 28

Free – $10

Ashland Independent Film Festival Announces its 20th Anniversary with a hybrid “Double Feature” Festival and amazing member benefits

Ashland, Oregon – The Ashland Independent Film Festival is excited to announce this year’s Festival, promising to be bigger, better, and bolder than ever. 

The celebration kicks off with a hybrid “Double Feature” Festival running online for two weeks from April 15-29 with approximately 100 new independent feature and short films, accompanied by film conversations, panels, and parties.

The second part of the “Double Feature” Festival, running June 24-28, will include outdoor screenings, live music, and more. In cooperation with ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, viewers can watch from an outdoor screening area in the field facing the building. Another venue will be Walkabout Brewing Company in Medford, where last year AIFF held a smash screening of The Weight of Water, with an audience of over 100 folks wearing glowing Bluetooth headsets. And at the Schneider Museum of Art, AIFF will co-present an exhibition of Cuban art that includes media installations, supplemented by “live cinema” performances in the AIFF Film Center window.

“We’re excited about our whole year-long series of events that will culminate with this 20th anniversary hybrid “Double Feature” festival, and fervently hope that all past, current, and prospective members will join us in this amazing line-up of films, conversations, and connections,” says Richard Herskowitz, artistic director of Ashland Independent Film Festival.

The festival will present approximately 100 new independent feature and short films (narrowed down from a pool of over 600 submissions by a team of 20 screeners and programmers), with its traditional emphases on the subjects of activism and the arts. There will be a special focus on the theme of “Rising From the Ashes,” in recognition of Southern Oregon’s emergence following a summer of wildfires.

All films will be accompanied by Q&A’s, supplemented with virtual parties and mixers bringing filmmakers and audiences together. The full program, including the recipients of this year’s Rogue, Pride, and James Blue Awards, will be announced on March 24 in a Preview Night on www.ashlandfilm.org.

June 24-28, AIFF returns to live events with socially-distanced outdoor screening events in Ashland and Medford (health conditions allowing).

Annual Membership sale offers discount on incredible benefits
To kick off their 20th anniversary, AIFF is holding its annual Membership Sale, offering discounts on year-round benefits, as well as member-only access to exclusive events.

Members will have access to a Live Preview Night presentation, accompanied by a “Meet the Programmers” event with behind-the-scenes background and insider tips about the festival program. Between the April and June Festival, there will be a members-only Secret Film Screening – a special online film selected for and available only to AIFF members in May.

Membership is now on sale and required for access to exclusive events and early ticket ordering to limited seating films/events. Members will receive 10% off if they purchase before March 1. Become a member here.

20th Ashland Independent hybrid “Double Feature” Film Festival
Virtual: April 15-29, 2021 at ashlandfilm.org
Live and outdoors: June 24-28, 2021 in Ashland and Medford
Ticket price: Ranges from free to $10/$8 members, seniors, students, and financial hardship
Contact: info@ashlandfilm.org; 541-488-3823

About Ashland Independent Film Festival 
Cited by MovieMaker Magazine several times as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” and one of the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” the Ashland Independent Film Festival is usually held annually in April in Southern Oregon. AIFF screens 100-plus independent documentary, narrative, animation, and short films in its festival and other year-round programs in Ashland, which is nestled in the beautiful Rogue River Valley. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, AIFF moved online for its 19th annual festival, extended its five-day event to 24 days, and was recognized by Smithsonian Magazine and MovieMaker Magazine as having one of the best virtual film festivals.


April 15
June 28
Free – $10
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