Celebrating its 21st year and named as one of the “25 Coolest Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, Ashland’s Independent Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, Friday April 1 through Sunday April 10.
AIFF 2022 will be more accessible than ever as a fully virtual festival this year. Ticket buyers can access 90% of the festival’s films at any time during the 10 days of the festival, rather than on a specific day and time like most other festivals.
The 2022 AIFF lineup includes more than 65 hand-selected feature films – twice as many feature films as previous years – plus more than 6 compilations of short films, children’s films, Q&As with filmmakers and three Incredible one-day-only screenings of the festival’s opening, centerpiece and closing films, including:
- Feature film from the festival’s opening day, April 1: WE FEED PEOPLE – A chronicle of how chef José Andrés and his non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen, are rebuilding nations in the wake of a disaster, providing safe food to those affected. Directed by Ron Howard. [Attendees will have the option to make a donation to World Central Kitchen to aid their current efforts for Ukraine]
- Centerpiece Feature Film Festival, April 6: THE TERRITORY – The Territory is a 2022 internationally co-produced National Geographic documentary film directed by Alex Pritz and a Sundance award-winning film. It follows a young indigenous leader struggling against farmers who occupy a protected area of the Amazon rainforest.
- * Special live chat April 9, with Carolyn Bernstein, Executive Vice President, Global Scripted Content and Documentary Films at National Geographic.
- Closing Day Feature Film Festival, April 10: FIRE OF LOVE – National Geographic Documentary about fearless scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft who die in a volcanic explosion while doing exactly what brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing some of the most explosive images.
As always, famous local and regional filmmakers are heavily featured, along with the exciting addition of more filmmakers from around the world, with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and artistic styles.
Tickets can be purchased for individual films or as part of a variety of festival package options, ranging from $25 to $800 for an all-access festival pass. Tickets are available for purchase at ashlandfilm.org.
About Ashland’s Independent Film Festival
The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) brings the highest quality independent documentaries, stories, animation and shorts to historic Ashland, Oregon for an event that the Washington Post called it “a dream you’ll never want to leave”. Repeatedly named by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Festivals in the World” and one of the “50 Best Festivals Worth the Price of Admission”, Ashland’s Independent Film Festival is held every April in beautiful southern Oregon.
AIFF’s mission is to cultivate the premier festival experience, recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, to bring audiences and filmmakers together through a shared appreciation of the power of independent film. . The non-profit Southern Oregon Film Society was founded in 2001 and produces the nationally acclaimed Ashland Independent Film Festival, as well as educational and cultural programs for more than 10,000 patrons each year.
Pictured: the territory