The Ashland Independent Film Festival, cited twice by MovieMaker among the "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" and regularly among those worth the entry fee, is beloved by filmmakers and audiences for the quality of its programming, filmmaker hospitality, and intelligent audiences. AIFF is committed to providing filmmakers with the best festival experience possible. Our 21st Annual Festival will be Virtual, April 1-10, 2022, on our secure Eventive channel, supplemented by possible Summer and year-round special outdoor and indoor events in Ashland, as conditions allow. This year, every feature film selection will be paid an exhibition fee, and all short and feature films will be up for the cash prizes we give to our Jury Awardees.

• This year, 10 days of Virtual Screenings with 75-110 films/compilations. Generally, five days of live and ten days of 100+ narrative and documentary independent films shown virtually, outdoors, with art exhibitions and live performances.
• The chance to win one of four Audience Awards and six Juried Awards selected by film professionals from across the U.S. Juried Awards for best short and feature narratives and documentaries receive cash prizes. Other television project and international awards may be announced.
• All films and television pilots/projects are eligible for our Jury competition. Some films may be included in our non-competition sections but will also eligible for Audience Awards.
• Q&A's led by renowned critics and industry professionals
• Lifetime, Artistic Achievement, Rogue, and Pride Awards with past awardees including David Oyelowo, Chris Cooper, Lynn Shelton, James Ivory, Julie Taymor, Albert Maysles, Barbara Hammer, Barbara Kopple, and Les Blank.

Thank you for creating your work of art; we would be honored if you share it with us. If you have any questions, please email us at

"I have received many honors; none of them have touched me as deeply and soulfully..." --Albert Maysles, AIFF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

"Thank you!!! This experience has been incredible. We have felt connected and valued throughout this quarantine because of the hard work of everyone at Ashland film festival. We will cherish this memory for many many years!"
Hisonni Johnson, "Take Out Girl" AIFF2020

“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

AIFF'S MISSION: "Celebrate the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film by enriching, educating and inspiring all audiences"

2022 AIFF Awards

James Blue Filmmaker Award
This Juried Award will be given to a filmmaker whose first or second documentary or narrative feature exemplifies the values of Oregonian director James Blue (1930-80), whose work addressed complex issues of social justice and social/political change. The award, funded by the James Blue Alliance in the amount of $2,500, will be given to the selected film director on awards night of the Ashland Independent Film Festival.
Sponsor: James Blue Alliance
Cash Award Value: $2,500 USD

Les Blank Award: Feature Length Documentary
Juried Award for best documentary 41 minutes or over.
Cash Award: $2,500 USD

Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary
Juried Award for best documentary 41 minutes or over.

Rogue Creamery Audience Award: Feature Length Documentary
Audience Award for best documentary 41 minutes or over.
Sponsor: Rogue Creamery

Best Short Film: Documentary
Juried Award for best documentary 40 minutes or under.
Cash Award: $1,000 USD

Audience Award Best Short Film: Documentary
Audience Award for best documentary 40 minutes or under.

Best Narrative Feature
Juried Award for best narrative film 41 minutes or over.
Cash Award: $2,500 USD

Best Cinematography/The Gerald Hirschfeld A.S.C Award: Feature
Juried Award for best cinematography in a narrative film 41 minutes or over.

Varsity Audience Award: Feature
Audience Award for best narrative film 41 minutes or over.
Sponsor: Coming Attractions Theatres

Best Narrative Short
Juried Award for best narrative short 40 minutes or under.
Cash award: $1,000

Jim Teece Audience Award: Best Narrative Short
Audience Award for best narrative short film 40 minutes or under.
Sponsor: Ashland Home Net & Project A

Lee Fuchsmann Award: Local Filmmaker
Given annually by AIFF to the creator of a film in the LOCALS section.


--Films or Entries MUST be completed in 2022 or 2023. Any films completed in 2021 or earlier will be disqualified (prior to 01/01/2021). (Check your FilmFreeway completion dates PRIOR to entry to avoid disqualifications from incorrect information.)

--A working link to an online version of your film on FilmFreeway and/or Vimeo—and any necessary passwords to view the film—MUST be uploaded at the time of submission, along with your entry fee. Please note: This link must remain active and working through April, 2023. Please verify ahead of time that your password is current. If any changes are made to the access of your film's link, please contact AIFF at with the updated information immediately, or your film may be disqualified from consideration.

--Each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fee.

--We encourage all submissions, especially foreign films, to be accompanied by subtitle/Closed Captioning [CC] files.

--All submissions are notified by email upon verification of SOS upload or once credentials for Vimeo Screener are received.

--Notification will take place in late February or by mid-March (updated here asap); all entries, accepted or not, will be emailed.

--Student: $10 discount off all fees.*

--AIFF Alumni: Alumni only refers to directors and/or producers and their directorial or production projects. Those who have directed/produced films in past AIFF editions may submit their new directorial or produced projects without a submission fee. AIFF does not provide Alumni discounts to those who have participated in the creation of past projects in any other capacity. Your entry fee will be waived by contacting with your previous film title, credential on the project, and year.

--Siskiyou Region Filmmakers (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties in OR, or Del Norte or Siskiyou counties in CA): Entry fee is waived when you submit a Local Fee Waiver Form. *Contact if Waiver form isn’t working! WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR "LOCALS ONLY" TO DECEMBER 31, 2022.

--Other: No other discounts will be granted.

* To receive a Student discount on FilmFreeway, filmmaker/film must be registered as a Student Project. Students must be, or have been, enrolled in an accredited school (K-12, undergrad, graduate) at the time of production. You do not need to be a student currently to submit your film.

--Films/Projects will be screened in our Ashland theaters (as public health conditions allow) and/or Virtually on our Eventive Festival channel.

--Feature filmmakers will receive a cash amount per online view.

--Short and feature filmmakers, et al, invited into our Jury Award competition section (open only to filmmakers from the Americas) will be up for our Jury Awards with cash prizes. All selections, however, will be eligible for our Audience Awards. Award-winning short films may also participate in AIFF's monthly "Best of the Fest" virtual screenings.

--Films & Pilots will be placed in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of the AIFF Artistic Director/Programming Team.

--Films & Pilots made outside of the Americas are not eligible for competition. See Entry FAQs on our website for more info.

--Exhibition Formats: MP4 H.264 (DCP if screening theatrically)
--You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy of your film to the Festival.

Thank you for submitting your work of art to the Ashland Independent Film Festival. By entering your film or pilot you are agreeing to the following Terms and Conditions:

With the submission of this film (or pilot) I agree to the following:
--I am authorized to submit this film/project to the AIFF for consideration.
--I have obtained all necessary rights and clearances.
--I agree to participate in virtual screenings geo-restricted (if requested) to the state of Oregon and physical screenings if public health conditions allow
--While every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted, I release the AIFF from all responsibility for loss of or damage to submitted materials en route or otherwise.
--I have read, understand and agree to all the requirements as stated in the above "General Festival Rules."

If you have questions please email (, call (541.488.3823) or go to our website ( Thank you for creating art and for submitting to the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Incredible organization, communication and attention.

    April 2022
  • Dylan Boom

    Been wanting to play at Ashland for quite some time, so excited to do so with our short Elevate. Even though the festival was online only which was sad, the team did everything they could to keep it interactive. Will definitely be submitting again, thank you guys!

    April 2022
  • Pejman Alipour

    ashland is a great and good festival to select my film where the winds die...thank you for everythings

    April 2022
  • Broken Yolk Productions

    Ashland FF truly supports fiercely independent film!! We were so happy to bring Small Time to the festival last year, and even more thrilled to win their best narrative feature award! Sadly it was all online, but the festival did a great job of making it social, providing networking opportunities, and was all around excellent at communication. The team was a total pleasure, and I hope to experience this great festival in person in the future.

    November 2021
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival was such a wonderful event for our film ANCHOR POINT to screen at virtually this year. From the Opening Celebration show on Zoom to the closing event they really did a wonderful job of making it more like being in person. We are sad that we couldn't be in Ashland at the lovely venues and meet everyone in person, because after what they did online we know it would have been such a wonderful live experience. We hope to have more opportunities to show our work at AIFF!

    May 2021