Alaska is home to the the world's most concentrated population of pilots. Taking to the air is part of our nature.

The Alaska Aerial Films Showcase (AAFS) is a celebration of filmmaking from the birds-eye view, hosted by Alaska Aerial Media. This inaugural aerial film showcase will be a part of the Anchorage Downtown Solstice Celebration, June 17, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska, screening short films created from airplanes, drones, and other creative aerial measures.

Born out of passion for technology and desire to tell stories in a unique way, Alaska Aerial Media is Alaska’s premier aerial imaging company. The Alaska Aerial Media team has years of experience in unmanned flight operations and provides a wide range of cutting edge platforms, and by combining our tools and expertise we are able to elevate the value of every project we are a part of to new heights. The Alaska Aerial Films Showcase is no exception!

In partnership with the Anchorage International Film Festival, the selected films of the showcase will be screened again as an aerial showcase during the annual film festival, occurring December 1-10, 2017.

If you've been here before, you know Alaska's an intriguing place. About half of the population of Alaska lives in Anchorage (2013 population 300,950), a modern city with differing lifestyles and independent spirit. Situated between the striking Chugach Mountains and the stunning Cook Inlet, Anchorage is known for its outstanding natural beauty. The city is only a short drive away from glaciers, downhill ski resorts, and unparalleled cross-country skiing, hiking, and bike trails. Anchorage has a vibrant arts community, is home to two universities, and hosts the world-class Anchorage Museum. Anchorage is also a culturally and ethnically diverse city. In 2014, as many as 99 different languages were spoken by students enrolled in the Anchorage School District.

Awards & Prizes

Aerial films selected for the Alaska Aerial Films Showcase for June 2017 will be official selections for the 2017 Anchorage International Film Festival, Dec 1-10, 2017.

Rules & Terms

The 2017 Alaska Aerial Films Showcase is open to any film completed after January 1, 2014, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the AAFS is not a guarantee of selection.

Film submissions must have at least 50% aerial footage.

AAFS will not consider screening fees of any kind. If accepted to the festival, the applicant grants the 2017 Anchorage International Film Festival the right to show the submitted film publicly in Alaska in December 2017, UNLESS written notice is provided to AIFF.

Submission media should be clearly marked with the tracking number, film title, director, and exact running time. AAFS WILL NOT RETURN SUBMISSION MEDIA UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If film is selected, exhibition media MUST BE IN THE REQUESTED FORMAT and should also be clearly marked with the tracking number, film title, director, and exact running time. AIFF will ONLY return EXHIBITION MEDIA if the proper packaging with correct postage is provided by the film submitter at the time the film is submitted.

AAFS WILL NOT RETURN OTHER MATERIALS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, i.e. posters, postcards, director statement, or press kits.
Send only the type and number of other materials requested by the programming director. AAFS is not responsible for damaged or lost media during shipping.

The AAFS is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the showcase for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The film submitter/director/producer shall indemnify and hold harmless AAFS from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Unless negotiated with the programming director, all shipping fees are the responsibility of the filmmaker. If a film is accepted for the festival, the filmmaker will be informed well in advance on the type of exhibition media to provide or upload.

Questions should be directed via email to the 2017 Alaska Aerial Films Showcase team at

6 Reviews

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    Tom David

    A film of mine was selected for the Showcase.
    I asked them if it would be possible to send me some photos and I got a fast reply that they would send me some but until today I did not receive any photo.
    Well, could have been better, but as it is their first Showcase, I hope they will improve things until next year. :)

    June 2017
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    Paolo Benetazzo

    I got a message I was selected, but the festival doesn't exist according to their site.

    June 2017
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    Paul Hoehenberger

    You still have a lot of learning how to hold a festival.
    Your website is a joke. No info and no other announcements.
    One tip. Look at the other festivals for how to do it right.
    Too bad for the money.

    June 2017
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    Alejandro Ochoa

    Like the others said i never got a message from the organization, a friend of mine that lives near Anchorage wanted to attend but i never got the usual tickets for her.

    June 2017
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    Ian Montgomery

    I had the same experience as the other reviewer. Given there is no mention of the festival on the linked website, this appears to be a way to drive traffic to their website whilst us 'suckers' pay them money for nothing.

    June 2017