THE 20th ANNUAL ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL WELCOMES YOU!

The Ashland Independent Film Festival, twice cited by MovieMaker among the "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World," 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 20th festival will be virtual on our Eventive channel, supplemented by special outdoor and indoor events in Ashland. 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. Short films screen in carefully programmed groupings throughout the festival while features run for exclusive 48 hour periods, receiving the full attention of our publicity team.

This is our second virtual festival, and the first one was listed among MovieMaker's "Best Online Film Festivals of 2020." Our festival drew plaudits for its programming ("the most thoroughly conceived virtual film festival anywhere," Gary Meyer, co-founder, Landmark Theatres) and for its filmmaker socializing and networking opportunities (virtual parties, filmmaker afterlounges, a Facebook group for festival filmmakers, etc.).

ABOUT AIFF:
• Fifteen 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.
• Only films made in the Americas are eligible for our jury competition, but films made outside the Americas may be included in our non-competition sections and are 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 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 entries@ashlandfilm.org.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT AIFF:
"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"

2020 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

ENTERING YOUR FILM

--Films MUST be completed in 2020 or 2021. Any films completed in 2019 or earlier will be disqualified.

--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 2020. If any changes are made to the access of your film's link, please contact AIFF at entries@ashlandfilm.org 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.

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

--Notification will take place February 12, 2020; all entries, accepted or not, will be emailed on that date.

ENTRY FEE SPECIFICS

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

--AIFF Alumni: Alumni only refers to directors and their directorial projects. Those who have directed films in past AIFF editions may submit their new directorial 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 entries@ashlandfilm.org with your previous film title 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.

--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.

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED
--Films will be screened on our secure online festival channel --short films throughout the festival period and feature films in 48-hour exclusive slots. Some films may be invited to screen in our Ashland theaters, if public health conditions allow.

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

--Short and feature filmmakers 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 also participate in a "Best of the Fest" tour to 2-3 Oregon venues.

--Films will be placed in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of the AIFF.

--Films 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 you are agreeing to the following Terms and Conditions:

With the submission of this film I agree to the following:
--I am authorized to submit this film to the AIFF for consideration.
--I have obtained all necessary rights and clearances.
--I agree to participate in virtual screenings geo-restricted 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 (entries@ashlandfilm.org), call (541.488.3823) or go to our website (ashlandfilm.org). Thank you for creating art and for submitting to the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

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  • Jesse Alk

    Ashland Independent was the only online festival (2020) we decided to do with my film. It was of course so disappointing I couldn't come to Ashland to show the film in person, especially as it has a reputation as a great fest to attend. But their transition to online was very smooth, communication was excellent, and it was a good experience I'm glad I had a chance to be a part of. Some festivals are harder than others to deal with, Ashland was one of the best. Definitely add it to your list.

    June 2020
  • James Babbin

    In the hardest of times, Ashland managed to create an amazing virtual/online film fest, bring the filmmakers together, and screen a balanced program filled with excellent films every genre. All with great communication and humor. It's excellent.

    May 2020