On April 16th, after five days of packed theatres, the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) wrapped up its eleventh year. Each spring, filmmakers and film lovers gather in Ashland to view more than eighty films, including documentaries, features, shorts, and student films.
In addition to the film screenings, which take place at Ashlandâ€™s historic Art Deco-style Varsity Theatre, the Festival features a full calendar of events. Festivalgoers can attend Q&A sessions, panel discussions, parties, and a gala Awards Celebration, where seven juried awards and four audience awards are presented. This year, the winning films at AIFFâ€™s Awards Celebration included â€œValley of the Saints,â€ â€œGayby,â€ and two documentaries, â€œTchoupitoulasâ€ and â€œEthel.â€
AIFFâ€™s 2012 Independent Achievement Award went to Julie Taymor, the director of films including â€œThe Tempest,â€ â€œAcross the Universe,â€ and â€œTitus Andronicus,â€ as well as the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of â€œThe Lion King.â€ Audiences were treated to an interview of Taymor conducted by Bill Rauch, the artistic director of Ashlandâ€™s Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Each year, the Ashland Independent Film Festival has been growing in popularity and in national recognition. Weâ€™re proud to have one of the nationâ€™s most promising up-and-coming independent film festivals right here in the Rogue Valley.