17th Annual

Ashland Independent Film Festival

April 12, 2018 to April 16, 2018

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PO Box 218
325 A Street, Suite 4
Ashland OR 97520
Phone: 541-488-3823

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Documentary (Feature Length)
Documentary 41 minutes or over.
Documentary (Short Subject)
Documentary short 40 minutes or under.
Narrative (Feature Length)
Narrative film 41 minutes or over
Narrative (Short Subject)
Narrative film 40 minutes or under.


Our Mission: "Celebrate the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film by enriching, educating and inspiring all audiences"

The AIFF is committed to providing filmmakers with the best festival experience possible. We extensively promote your film which is screened several times over five days in sold-out theaters packed with intelligent, engaged audiences. Enjoy the hospitality of our staff and volunteers in a cultural and mountain destination described by the Washington Post as "like a dream, you'll never want to leave."

"Ashland is a must for all filmmakers! The audiences are the best and the staff is amazing. I have traveled to dozens of film festivals around the world and Ashland is my absolute favorite film festival hands down!"
Roger Ross Williams, Academy Award winning filmmaker, MUSIC BY PRUDENCE, GOD LOVES UGANDA, and LIFE, ANIMATED.

"The Ashland Independent Film Festival is a wondrous event that not only brings terrific and singular films to the public eye but also gives voice to a new generation of talent... I had a great time."
Julie Taymor, Artistic Achievement Award Honoree


"The best films, the best people, the best time imaginable. The real craft of filmmaking is alive, well, and celebrated here with its culture of independence and excellence in both fiction and nonfiction films."
Lucy Walker, Rogue Award Honoree

"Passionate audiences, gorgeous venues, stellar programming, interactions with filmmakers and locals.... everything was perfect about our festival experience. We wish we could come back every year!"
Ben Cotner and Ryan White, Co-Directors, THE CASE AGAINST 8

• Five days of independent films; 85%+ of all seats sold
• 100+ narrative and documentary shorts and features
• Complimentary accommodations
• Daily panels and nightly parties
• Four audience awards and five juried awards selected by eminent film professionsal from across the U.S.
• Engaged, smart, arts-oriented audiences
• Ashland's community of 20,000 in sunny Southern Oregon
• FIve screens at the intimate art deco Varsity Theatre with a second venue three blocks away, plus screenings at the Ashland Street Cinema
• Downtown location with over 100 restaurants, galleries, shops, internationally recognized Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and 20 miles of trails in Lithia Park
• Scenic Rogue Valley's river rafting, wineries, artisanal cheeses, chocolates, and pears
• Lifetime, Artistic Achievement, Rogue and Juice Awards: including James Ivory, Julie Taymor, Albert Maysles, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Barbara Kopple, Elvis Mitchell, Barbara Hammer, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Bill Plympton, Helen Hunt, Les Blank, Lucy Walker, Harry Shearer, Chris Eyre, Will Vinton Henry Jaglom, Morgan Spurlock, Bruce Campbell, Ondi Timoner,Ty Burrell, and Greg Louganis

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

One of the "Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World," "50 festivals worth the entry fee," and "The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker" --MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE

Named one of the "10 great places to leave the beauty unspoiled..." Ashland is also one of "USA's most historic and appealing small towns." --NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

"AIFF really took care of us as filmmakers and provided an exceptional forum for connecting with audiences and filmmakers. The whole thing - from the opening party through the classy awards ceremony - was beautifully designed, elegant, warm, and vibrant."

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. Best wishes, the AIFF


Erica Thompson (Filmmaker Liaison); Erica Thompson (Filmmaker Liaison); Richard Herskowitz (Director of Programming)


--A working link to an online version of your film on Withoutabox 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 2018. 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 2, 2018; all entries, accepted or not, will be emailed on that date.

--Upgraded Withoutabox project: $5 discount off Early, Regular, Late and fees Extended deadline fee.

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

--AIFF Alumni: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 Withoutabox, 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.

--Filmmakers will be invited to Ashland (in sunny Southern Oregon) with complimentary lodging, two VIP passes, some meals, and ground transportation to/from the Rogue Valley Medford Airport.
--Your film may screen up to five times, with an additional screening should it win an award.
--Films will be placed in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of the AIFF.
--International films are not eligible for competition. See Entry FAQs on our website for more info.
--Exhibition Formats: DCP is preferred format (all feature length films must provide a DCP). We also accept Blu-Ray (short films only).
--You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy of your film to the festival.
--AIFF will return/forward exhibition copies with ground shipping only. Non-ground shipping must be paid by you.

If you have questions please email (entries@ashlandfilm.org), call (541.488.3823) or go to our website (ashlandfilm.org).


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.
--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 understand that all submitted materials become the property of the AIFF, if selected may be copied and utilized for the purpose of promoting your film, and won’t be returned without a (optional) SASE.
--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.