FRIDAY, DEC. 2
Opening Night Gala and Screening of 'Inuk'
Doors open 7:30 p.m., Bear Tooth, $20 or $10 with an all-films pass
The evening begins with a screening of the short film "Day in Our Bay" and honors indigenous filmmakers of northern cultures. The celebration is followed by the feature film "Inuk," and director Mike Magidson will be on hand for a Q&A. The food and music keeps things rolling until midnight.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
11th AIFF Celebration
10 p.m. until late, Spenard Roadhouse, free admission/cash bar
Hang out with filmmakers and film fans and kick off the first weekend of the festival.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6
Canadian Consulate Filmmaker Reception
10 p.m., Beartooth lob, after 'Moon Point'
The Canadian Consulate of Anchorage and AIFF celebrate their partnership after the screening of the Canadian feature film "Moon Point" by Sean Cisterna. Enjoy a Canadian wine and cheese tasting.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
Gay-La Screening and After Party
8 p.m. Bear Tooth and 10 p.m. at Mad Myrna's, $8 or all-films pass
This year's gay-la program honors the American drama '"An Ordinary Family," which is followed a Q&A with the filmmaker. Afterword, head to Mad Myrna's for drinks and food.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
Golden Oosikar Awards
5-8 p.m., Organic Oasis, $15 or $10 with all-films pass
The gala awards honor the outstanding films of the festival. Enjoy live music and food as this year's top filmmakers collect their Golden Oosikars.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
Independent Filmmaking 101
Noon-1:30 p.m., Out North Gallery
Local filmmakers Paul Jones and Bryant Maynard lead discussion on grass-roots filmmaking. Each have made numerous short films and last year's feature film "The Beekeepers. "Topics discussed include scripting, casting, securing locations, scheduling, photography, filming and postproduction. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and discuss the film projects they are working on.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Out North Gallery
Filmmakers and anyone with an interest in film are invited to meet the AIFF programmers and staff. Join a roundtable conversation about the event, your projects and how film festivals interact with and help support independent filmmakers.
FRIDAY, DEC. 9
Quick Freeze Video Contest
8:15-10:30 p.m., Out North Main
AIFF will announce three subjects that have to be incorporated into a film. The subjects will be posted on AIFF's website and Facebook page noon Sunday. Filmmakers then have until one hour before show time to bring a DVD to the this screening.
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
Shut Up. Make Movies!
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Out North Gallery
Since 2003, Travis Betz has been creating and distributing content through the do it yourself movement. Since then Betz has made four feature films, a number of web series and hundreds of shorts.
The filmmaker will share his experience in building an audience through social media as well as talk about the freedom to create what you want in a world plagued with remakes, prequels and sequels.
Storytelling Through Animation, and Doing It on the Cheap
1:30-3:30 p.m., Out North Gallery
This workshop demonstrates how anyone can produce a micro-budget animated film without the expense of film schools and professional equipment. Cover some of the basic skills and knowledge required to approach the storytelling process of animation from conception to implementation, using programs like Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro, and discuss how to save costs in production while maintaining an industry-quality look.
The Best of Open Projector Night Film
Filmmaker forum: 9 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre. Screenings: 10:15 p.m.
Open Projector Night is a quarterly presentation of the Alaska Film Forum that follows an open mike format. Culled from this year's Open Projector Nights, this is an eclectic selection of short films local filmmakers.
OPENING NIGHT GALLA CELEBRATION & FILM SCREENINGS
Opening Gala movie. Also screens Thursday, 8 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Large
Thursday, 8:15 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Small
Starring: Gaaba Petersen and Ole-Jorgen Hammeken. Director/writer/executive producer: Mike Magidson. Executive producer: Sylvia Barbe. Writer/adviser/translator: Jean-Michel Huctin.
In Greenland's capital, 16-year-old Inuk lives a troubled life with his alcoholic mother and violent step-father. One morning after he is pulled half-frozen from an abandoned car, the social services decide to send Inuk north to a children's home on a tiny island in the middle of the arctic sea ice. There, Inuk meets Ikuma, a local polar bear hunter, who also has his share of problems. Aviaaja, the kind-hearted director of the children's home, asks Ikuma to take Inuk on the annual seal hunting trip. Despite the risks and dangers of the journey, Inuk will learn he has a valiant past and a hopeful future.
Bristol Bay Native Corporation presents
Bristol Creative Services with Affinityfilms, Inc. Anchorage, 15 minutes
Also screens Thursday, 7:20 p.m., Alaska Experience Theater
"Day in Our Bay" is a collaborative digital storytelling project that contains clips from shareholders throughout the Bristol Bay region who documented a day in their own lives. Using cameras sent by Bristol Bay Native Corporation, shareholders were able to participate in a region-wide shoot on Oct. 16. From as far south as Chignik Lake, west to Togiak and east to Kokhanok, shareholders of all ages took part in this innovative competition.
Andante (Aurora Award)
Director Assaf Tager, Israel, 97 minutes
Saturday, 3 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre
Dec. 10, 5 p.m., Out North - Main
In this post-industrial world, people are no longer able to dream. A factory run by Mr. Terrier sells the frightened, sleepless masses a dreaming experience. Sarah, the single surviving dreamer, sets out to the only place that can provide answers to her strange nighttime visions: the dream factory.
An Ordinary Family
Director, screenwriter and producer Mike Akel, US, 93 minutes
Wednesday, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
Thursday, 7 p.m., Out North-Gallery
Meet the adult children of the Bierderman family and their significant others as they gather for their annual summer reunion. The event is meant to be a relaxing vacation, but when brother Seth arrives with his new significant other the situation gets tense, especially for the eldest brother Thomas, a married minister with deeply held religious convictions.
Apartment in Athens (Appartamento ad Atene)
Director, screenwriter and producer Ruggero Dipaola, Italy, 95 minutes
Sunday, 5:15 p.m., Out North - Main
During the Nazi occupation of Greece, a German officer establishes himself in the house of an Athenian family, totally disrupting their life. Based on the novel "Apartment in Athens", written in 1945 G. Wescott.
Cast Me If You Can (Wakiyaku Monogatari)
Director and screenwriter Atsushi Ogata, Japan, 97 minutes
Saturday, 7 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Small
Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m., Out North - Main
Hiroshi is an actor who always plays supporting roles and lives in the shadow of his famous playwright father. Like a chameleon, Hiroshi is often mistaken for someone else: an envious ability in acting, but disastrous in real life. Often he is his own worst enemy in life and in love. Will he get the girl? Most importantly, will he get the lead?
Combat Girls (Kriegerin)
Director David Wnendt, Germany, 102 minutes
Dec. 9, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
Dec. 10, 10 p.m., Out North - Main
Marisa hates foreigners, Jews, cops and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. Her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. She feels at home in the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence and parties are the daily rule. A younger girl joins the group, and Marisa appears as a role model: She fits the purest idea of a combat girl fighting for the group's ideology. But Marisa's convictions will change when she meets a young Afghan refugee. Confronted by him, she learns that the black and white principles of her gang are not the only way.
In the Shadow
Director and producer Nicole Elmer, US, 99 minutes
Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Large
Exhausted from the demands of his abilities as a healer, Diego lives in isolation on a small island in his native Puerto Rico. However, his quiet life is disrupted when Hilary, a documentary filmmaker, arrives to continue her project on migration and identity. Attracted to Diego's mystery and the local gossip about him, she becomes close to him but discovers his talent has a violent edge, one that brings painful consequences to both of them.
Director and screenwriter Alrick Brown, US, 100 minutes
Saturday, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
Dec. 9, 10:30 p.m., Out North Main Drama
During the Rwandan genocide, some crossed the lines of hatred to protect each other. These are their stories of faith, family, courage and forgiveness.
Love You To Death
Director and screenwriter Rafeeq Ellias, India, 105 minutes
Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Out North - Main
An outrageous comedy in "Hinglish" about love (and anarchy) in a time of globalization. Here "normal" urban middle-class people do things that aren't quite normal: stage robberies and kidnappings and plan murders in the pursuit of ambition. It's a wildly satirical view of a spiritual yet superficial and dysfunctional family that holds a mirror to the social upheaval in India.
Director Guy Nativ, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, 97 minutes
Sunday, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
Dec. 9, 8:30 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Small
A week before 13-year-old Yoni's Bar Mitzvah and a moment before his parents' separation, Yoni's autistic older brother unexpectedly returns home and threatens to demolish the already shaky foundations of the Roshko family.
Director Sean Cisterna, Canada, 82 minutes
Tuesday, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
Wednesday, 7 p.m., Out North - Gallery
The funny, quirky story of Darryl Strozka, an unambitious 24-year-old who travels hundreds of miles in a wagon hooked onto the back of his best friend's electric wheelchair in the hopes of tracking down his elementary school crush.
Odd One Out (Nie ten czowiek)
Director, screenwriter and producer Pawe Wendorff, Poland, 87 minutes
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Out North - Main
Dec. 10, 6 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Small
A surreal collage of interrelated threads revolving around the history of 30-year-old Kuba, who, with his parents' encouragement, decides to take his first job.
Director and screenwriter Jerrold Tarog, Philippines, 94 minutes
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre -Main
A glimpse into the lives of 10 students at St. Frederick's Academy as they struggle through the final months before graduation. Hearts are broken and healed, friendships are formed and lost and childhood is traded for maturity in the bumpy ride toward the chaos of adulthood.
The Big Bad
Director Bryan Enk, 78 minutes
Dec. 9, 9:40 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Large
A loner named Frankie enters a bar in a nowhere town looking for a man no one seems to know until a chance meeting in the ladies' room with an ill-tempered local lets Frankie know she's in the right place. Frankie befriends this disturbed barfly and discovers they were both screwed over by the same man: Fenton Bailey. Frankie knows too much about Fenton for her own good, and there are those who plan on keeping her from ever finding him.
The Casserole Club
Director and producer Steve Balderson, US, 95 minutes
Thursday, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Out North Gallery
The focus is on a group of mod 1960s-era suburban housewives who are close-knit and neighborly but bent on one-upping each other and trying to prove that each is "the hostess with the mostess." They hold dinner parties for their recipe club, but when the gatherings become focused on boozy flirtation, the story moves swiftly to drama about irresponsibility, selfishness and damaged people.
Director Evan Kelly, Canada, 99 minutes
Thursday, 10:15 p.m., Bear Tooth
Dec. 11, 2 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Large
They've been the best of buddies for more than a decade, but now they're changing -- getting married, getting promoted, going bald, going crazy. During a male-bonding weekend, they will discover a special corridor through the woods -- an impossible hallway where none should be.
The Dead Inside
Director and screenwriter Travis Betz, US, 99 minutes
Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
"The Dead Inside" is a haunting musical that features two lovers, Wes and Fi, who have misplaced their artistic muse. When Fi begins to show signs of mental illness, Wes finds inspiration in her deterioration. When it turns out she is actually possessed, he must choose between the woman he loves and the evil intruder that inspires him.
The Dish & The Spoon
Director and producer Alison Bagnall, US, 93 minutes
Dec. 11, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
Rose is in a tailspin after her husband admits to an affair with her childhood friend, Emma. Hell-bent on hunting Emma down in the seaside town where Rose spent summers with her family, she instead stumbles into the role of reluctant baby-sitter to a stranded 19-year-old British boy.
The Wedding Party
Director Amanda Jane, Australia, 97 minutes
Monday, 8 p.m., Bear Tooth
Dec. 10, 12 p.m., Out North - Main
A romantic comedy about the Thompson family, whose individual love-lives range from deviant to delicious to downright desperate. Up to his eyeballs in debt, the youngest son Steve agrees to marry a Russian girl for cash. When his plans for a secret affair are discovered by his family, Steve finds himself at the center of the world's most farcical wedding. The only problem is, Steve is in love with someone else.
Director Nikolaus Geyhalter, Austria, 70 minutes
Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Out North - Main
A portrait of the Allentsteig military training area, the last blank spot of the Austrian map. The Nazis evacuated 42 villages-- driving more than 7,000 people from their homes -- to set it up in 1938. Allied forces and the Austrian state continued to use the facility after WWII. Today, residents of the adjoining village live happily along with the soldiers, so long as no shells land near
Element of Hip-Hop
Director and screenwriter Klaus Schneyder, US, 55 minutes
Saturday, 5:45 p.m., Out North - Main
From the hardship of poverty and lack of instruments, a trailblazer was inspired to imitate drum rhythms, and his brilliance created the term "Human Beatbox." This film shows how this modern style of music has spread and how it enriches the entertainment world.
Chad Carpenter: The Man Behind the Comic
Director Stefan Quinth, Alaska, 81 minutes
Dec. 9, 5:45 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Large
Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Small
You've probably laughed at his comic strip "Tundra" found in nearly 500 newspapers throughout the world. See the inner workings behind the genius of the Alaska cartoonist.
Give Up Tomorrow
Director Michael Collins, US, UK, 95 minutes
Wednesday, 5:50 p.m., Out North - Main
Set amid old-world vestiges of colonialism, classism and backdoor politics in the Philippines, "Give Up Tomorrow" exposes a Kafka-esque contemporary world of corruption and injustice. In a murder case that ends a nation's use of capital punishment but fails to free an innocent man, two grieving mothers personify the chasms, both nightmarish in scope, that divide two families and a nation.
Director and screenwriter Tucker Capps, Ryan Sevy, Alaska, 76 minutes
Dec. 10, noon, Alaska Experience Theatre - Large
Saturday, 5:45 p.m., Out North - Main
Adventurer and geophysicist Jonathan Goold returns to his Alaska hometown and gathers old friends to pursue his quixotic but alluring dream: to strike gold on ground exposed by melting glaciers.
High Sierra: A Journey on the John Muir Trail
Director Peter Bell, US, 60 minutes
Thursday, 6 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre-Large
A first-hand journey along the John Muir Trail through the tallest mountain range in the contiguous U.S., the film follows a group of students who make the 220-mile trek. Captured here is the visual splendor of the Range of Light as well as the range of emotions and physical challenges that accompany this epic adventure.
Directors and producers Philip Neel and David Jeffery, US, 55 minutes
Saturday, 4 p.m., Out North - Gallery
Thursday, 5:50 p.m., Out North - Main
An exercise in fascism, the film features interviews with the original students of the 1967 Third Wave experiment in Palo Alto, Calif. Within one week, 30 students grew to 200 as the students unwittingly reenacted the roots of the Third Reich.
Director and producer Vinit Parmar, India, US, 59 minutes
Dec. 11, 11 a.m., Out North - Main
Revered as sacred, the Ganges River is said to wash away sins and cure illnesses in the over 400 million Indians who rely on its water for their daily lives, but the water is heavily polluted by leather factories. In trying to compete globally, the factory owners are challenged by environmental laws, but the people who rely on the river to survive are besieged by illnesses brought on by pollution. What is the price of destroying an age-old industry? What is the price of saving the Ganges?
Director and producer Joan Sekler, US, 60 minutes
Monday, 8 p.m., Out North - Main
A David-versus-Goliath story revealing how 560 unionized miners in the desert town of Boron, Calif., faced off against their employer, Rio Tinto, a giant British-Australian multinational corporation. The workers finally win their rights to decent wages and benefits after being locked out of their jobs for 107 days and replaced by scabs.
Directors Annie Perkins and Rinku Kalsy, Netherlands, 70 minutes
Monday, 6 p.m., Out North - Main
People often wonder what would happen if they could relive a momentous time of their lives with the benefit of experience and hindsight. This was a possibility facing Mila Jansen, who was a rebel in Amsterdam in the 1960s, a hippy in India in the '70s, a single mother with four teenage kids in the '80s and '90s in Amsterdam, and now a successful businesswoman.
In 1976, she undertook a trek to the Ladakh region of the Himalayas. This turned out to be a life-changing journey with poignant consequences. She makes the decision to return after more than 30 years to try and find her Tibetan guide and experience the original trek again.
Director Zach Bainter, US, 8 minutes
Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m., Bear Tooth - Martini Matinee
The story of Jack Passion, a man who defies social convention and becomes an ambassador for the sport of competitive beard growing. Twice a winner of the world beard championship, he considers what his world has become because of his beard.
Director and Producer Angela Pesta, US, 81 minutes
Saturday, 4 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Small
Dec. 9, 6 p.m., Out North - Main
A showcase of art and artists from the Pacific Northwest who create music, sculpture, fashion, street and mixed media art using re-purposed found or salvaged materials. The documentary examines the issues recycle artists face in trying to get their messages heard in the traditional art world.
Luke Griswold-Tergis, Cory Mann, United States/Alaska/Canada, 81 minutes
Dec. 11, 2 p.m., Out North - Main
Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau. He gets hungry for smoked salmon and nostalgic for his childhood. He decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional camp. It's a story of one man's attempt to navigate between the modern world and an ancient culture.
Director and Producer Tessa Morgan, UK/Alaska, 52 minutes
Saturday, 11:30 a.m, Out North - Main
An insight into the lives and loves of three world champions of facial hair as they prepare and compete at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Alaska.
The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising
Directors Kurt Miller and Greg Hamilton, US, 40 minutes
Dec. 10, 2 p.m., Wild Berry Theater
In 2004 Rick Finkelstein was paralyzed in a ski accident on Aspen Mountain. With a severed spine and severe internal injuries, he wasn't expected to live. Six years, nine surgeries and a lifetime of rehab later, cameras capture his dramatic return to Aspen.
The Polar Explorer
Director and producer Mark Terry, Canada, 52 minutes
Tuesday, 6 p.m., Out North - Main
A documentary on the scientific studies and research being done in the Arctic and Antarctic in relation to climate change and what those findings mean for the rest of the world. It is a startling and intimate look at how our precious polar regions are changing.
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
Director and producer Will Hess and Nikki Frakes, US, 80 minutes
Sunday, noon, Out North - Main
Dec. 10, 5 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Large
The film explores the life of Stan Lee whose work appears in over 1 billion comics in 75 countries and 25 languages. Creator of legendary pop culture characters, which include Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, Lee has grown from humble beginnings to a powerhouse in media properties. At 88 years old, he continues to create stories that entertain across the globe.
SHORT DOCUMENTARIES: On the Edge
Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Small
Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Large, 65 minutes
The Freedom Chair
Director and producer Mike Douglas, Canada, 15 minutes
Canada Switchback Entertainment tells Dueck's story the way he wanted it be told, from a chilling recount of the accident that left him unable to walk for the rest of his life, to his inspirational journey to the 2010 Paralympic Games, and a cat-skiing segment that you'll have to see to believe.
Director Mike Douglas, Canada, 10 minutes
Sometimes adventure can be found just around the corner. Pro skiers Kaj Zackrisson and Mike Douglas spend two weeks by train chasing powder across Switzerland.
Director Anson Fogel, US, 19 minutes
For the past 26 years, 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of Pakistan's 26,000-foot peaks during the winter. In February 2011, a team of three became first to reach the summit.
In Perpetual Ice
Director Jared Meehan and Olaf Obsomer, Greenland/US, 21 minutes
Five kayakers visit Greenland to explore the white-water kayaking possibilities of this remote island. After a tough time making it to the rivers, they are rewarded with excellent kayaking and a remarkable adventure.
SHORT DOCUMENTARIES: Going Global
Tuesday, Out North - Main, 7:30 p.m., 90 minutes
Director and screenwriter Melinda Levin, US, 29 minutes
An international documentary that explores the different ways humans and wildlife interact with the water arteries of our planet.
Winter Light (Vinterlys)
Director Skule Eriksen, Norway, 25 minutes,
"Winter Light" is a film about the archipelago of Lofoten in winter. After weeks of low autumn light, the sun sinks below the horizon and stays there during the depths of winter, but the scarce light has subtle beauty as it falls on the everyday lives of the people in this unique arctic landscape.
Director Saravanan Sambasivam, Singapore, 12 minutes
The story of a busker who aims to reveal the secret of living life to the fullest on the streets of Singapore.
Directors Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, India, 25 minutes
A moving collection of heartfelt interviews with Delhi slum dwellers. Through the stories of a few, the mass exodus of thousands who were forced from their homes is brought to light.
A Director Prepares, by Jan Welt, 90 minutes, Tuesday, 7 and 9 p.m., Cyrano's; Chad Carpenter: The Man Behind the Comic, by Stefan Quinth, 81 minutes, Dec. 9, 5:45 p.m. and Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre; Goold's Gold, by Tucker Capps and Ryan Sevy, 76 minutes, Saturday 7:15 p.m., Out North; Smokin' Fish by Luke Griswold-Tergis and Cory Mann, 81 minutes, Dec. 11, 11 a.m., Out North; Tashalaska by Tessa Morgan, 52 minutes, Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Out North
Snowdance Mixed Shorts - One
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Out North - Main, 101 minutes
My Offering by T. Scott, Bike/Ski/Raft Denali Traverse by Luc Mehl, Chablis by Slavik Boyechko and Travis Gilmour, Change by Michael Burns and Dean Q. Mitchell, Nanuq by Jill Jones, My Six (Known) Brushes With Death by Peter Dunlap-Shohl, The Way by Kelly Gwynn and Jay Rapoz,
Eyes for Amber by Kyle Murphy, Hell Yeah by Claudio Oakley,
Snowdance Mixed Shorts - Two
Sunday, 6 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Large and Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Out North - Main, 99 minutes
Due by Jonathon Lang; The Devil and Danny Webber by Michael Bergstrom; Van Dexter, Vampire Slayer by Gary Vinant-Tang; Whittier Wheel by Kristopher Peck; Could've Been More by Matt Jardin; The Beaufort Diaries by Alexander Petrowsky; Lost Land by Woodruff Laputka; Sleep Forever by Michael Ragen; Reverie by Anny Ning, Johna Rutz, Josh Sy.
George the Hedgehog
Directors Wojciech Wawszczyk, Jakub Tarkowski, Tomek Lesnia, Poland, 80 minutes
Monday, 7 p.m., Out North - Gallery.
Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre - Small
George is a skateboarding hedgehog who likes to drink beer and fondle women. However, he finds it difficult to pursue his passions when he's being tormented by neo-Nazi skinheads, mad scientist and the drooling, flatulent clone of himself.
The Lady of Names
Director and Screenwriter Adam Ciolfi, Canada, 79 minutes
Saturday, Out North - Gallery, 6:30 p.m
Sunday, Out North - Gallery, 2 p.m.
Dec. 10, Loussac Library, 3 p.m.
A beautiful librarian discovers the power of magic when an ill-conceived wish catapults her into the world of fairy tales. She falls into the clutches of the Troll King, a monster obsessed with imprisoning fairy tale folk. Her only hope for rescue is a young handyman, who also happens to be in love with her.
Sunday, Alaska Experience Theatre-Large, noon
Dec. 9, Alaska Experience Theatre-Large, 7:20 p.m.
Dec. 10, Out North - Gallery, 6 p.m.
Another Dress, Another Button
Director Lyn Elliot, US, 3 minutes
The spare buttons are forever waiting for someone to use them. Time to go for a little spin.
The Beaufort Diaries
Director Alexander Petrowsky, Alaska, 4 minutes
Adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by T. Cooper the film is an inspiring tale of a small- town polar bear named Beaufort who is forced from his shrinking native habitat to the wilds of Hollywood.
My Six (Known) Brushes With Death
Director Peter Dunlap-Shohl, US, 7 minutes
The true story of a young man's fragile existence. Starting at a very young age our hero faces death and hair-raising danger time and again.
Director Nassos Vakalis, US, 3 minutes
Will animals prove to have better manners than people? The story unfolds on a scenic train ride.
Floyd the Android
Producer Jonathan Lyons, US, 4 minutes
Floyd is an animated robot who gets into crazy situations but always manages a clever escape.
(Baby) It's You!
Directors David Cowles, Jeremy Galante, and Brad Pattullo, US, 3 minutes
Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy attaches girl's head to a robot body.
Director Linda McCarthy, UK, 2 minutes
At the country estate of Small Birds Singing the Unbelievable Family is besieged by plastic bottles. Where have they come from and who is to blame?
Landscape With Duck
Director Patrick Neary, US, 4 minutes
A wayward duck misses the migration south and struggles to catch up to his companions in this hand-drawn animated short.
Attack of the Killer Mutant Chickens (Murgi Keno Mutant)
Director Nayeem Mahbub, Bangladesh, 15 minutes
In the near future, Bangladesh is terrorized by killer mutant chickens. In order to keep chicken on the menu, a team of kung-fu fighting chefs hunt the mutants.
This is Not Real
Director and screenwriter Gergely Wootsch, UK, 7 minutes
Charley takes an imaginary journey from England to the Himalayas with adventures along the way.
Nuts for Pizza
Director David Andrade, US, 2 minutes
Tired of eating nuts, Squirrely spots the pizza slice of his dreams. Unfortunately, the pizza is a fake, and the unsuspecting delivery boy attached to it is about to have a very personal encounter with nature.
Director Richard Cunningham, US, 24 minutes
A loner finds himself trapped in his New York City apartment after a parasite wreaks havoc on the five boroughs.
8 Second Dance
Directors Trey Moya and Howard Cook, US, 8 minutes
Meet cocky up-and-comer Bart Tyler, who is being filmed by a documentary crew as he practices the dangerous sport of professional bull riding and struggles to escape the looming shadow of his famous father.
Something Left, Something Taken
Directors and sreenwritters Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, US, 10 minutes
Everyone who enters a crime scene leaves something behind and takes something away. In this dark comedy, a vacationing couple encounters a man they think is the Zodiac killer.
Director Jason Harrington, US, 4 minutes
In a beautiful mix of hand-drawn and digital animation, we follow the journey of a butterfly girl born from imagination.
ANIMATION WORLDWIDE FAMILY
Dec. 10, Loussac Library -Mixed Media, 11:30 a.m.
The Girl and the Fox
Director and screenwriter Tyler Kupferer, US, 6 minutes
Nine year old Ilona must track a mysterious fox through the foreboding wilderness in order to save her family's dwindling livestock supplies.
Director Melissa Bloom, US, 3 minutes
A bittersweet fairy tale in which a Russian astronomer attempts to reconnect with love of his life.
Director Chuck Grieb, US, 2 minutes
On the run, Sir Oliver stumbles into the king's receiving room to find the old monarch's crown was left forgotten on the throne. Oliver decides to give the crown a try.
Shorts 1: Life 2.0
Saturday, Out North - Main, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Alaska Experience Theatre - Large, 3:30 p.m., 97 minutes
I'm Coming Over
Director Sam Handel, United States
In an eccentric mountain town, a borderline neo-Luddite struggles to maintain and share a fragile state of enlightenment.
The Visions of Dylan Bradley
Director Christine Vartoughian, United States
As a result of a quirky childhood accident, 16-year-old Dylan Bradley doesn't always see things eye to eye until a sweet Christian boy steals her heart and tempts Dylan with the one thing he won't give her: sex.
Director Bernardo Nascimento, Portugal and UK
An isolated air traffic controller in the Azores connects with a lone pilot cut helplessly adrift over the North Atlantic.
Two-Legged Rat Bastards
Director and producer Scott Weintrob, United States
Based on the short story by Daniel Wallace ("Big Fish") detailing the estrangement of an elderly father and his adult son. Eddie, a cantankerous alcoholic tries to connect with his son Winstead, who has spent the majority of his adult life trying to get away from his father.
The Ballad of Sandeep
Director Derek Frey, US, UK, 28 minutes
After his IT job is outsourced to Bangalore, Sandeep Majumdar sets up a remote access in his apartment, tricking his former company into believing he is really working from India. Operating under an alias, he soon catches the eye of the company's vice president who wants to promote him.
Shorts 2: Razor's Edge
Saturday, Alaska Experience Theatre - Large, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Alaska Experience Theatre - Small, 1 p.m., 89 minutes
108.1 FM Radio
Directors Giuseppe Capasso and Angelo Capasso, Italy, 15 minutes
A driver, a hitchhiker, a radio program and night trip between suspicion and paranoia.
Me or the Dog
Director Abner Pastoll, UK
Dudley says Kelly's cheating. Dudley says he'll prove it. Dudley is Tom's dog.
Directors Timothy Watkins and Charles Forsgren, US, 18 minutes
A noir film set in 1970s Seattle about an idealistic young writer who sets out to find the truth about what happened to the sexy and mysterious Emily, with whom he shared one passionate night.
Director Dan Hannon, US, 20 minutes
A young woman who has tragically lost the love of her life stumbles upon a powerful phenomenon while grieving at a place very special to them, a small pond.
Director Antonio Oreña-Barlin, Australia
An unsettling tale from the urban sprawl, about a man trying to make sense of what he's heard and seen.
Director Matthew Brunson, United States
Blindness and suffocation are set adrift in a sea of color.
Shorts 3: Native Tongue
Dec. 10, Out North - Main, 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 11, Out North - Gallery, 12 p.m., 96 minutes
Kiyumi's Poetry and Sayuru's Embroidery (La poésie de Kiyumi, la Broderie de Sayuru)
Director, screenwriter and producer Satoru Sugita, Japan
Kiyumi's poems are to her like placing fallen leaves on withered branches. Each time she writes a poem, her friend Sayuru embroiders a leaf on the cover for the rainbow colored book of poetry.
Cristiano's Shirt (Le maillot de Cristiano)
Director Vincent Bruno, Belgium
Two 11-year-old boys dream of buying the jersey of their idol professional football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, but there's an economic crisis.
Protect the Nation
Director and screenwriter C. R. Reisser, Germany, South Africa
During a wave of xenophobic attacks across South Africa, a young boy experiences unexpected kindness and begins to question his own beliefs. Does he have the courage to do the right thing?
Heroic Parrot With the Dog (Bohaterska Papuga z Psem)
Director Marcin Slawek, Poland
A fire breaks out in a tenement house in Brzeska Street in Praga, a district of Warsaw, Poland. Its youngest inhabitants, led by Parrot, a brave little girl accompanied by her faithful companion Dog, are trying to save the district from burning.
Shorts 4: Dark Reflections
Dec. 10, Alaska Experience Theatre - Large, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11, Out North - Gallery, 3 p.m., 99 minutes
Director Benjamin Busch, US, 40 minutes
The drama centers on a blind man who must guide a younger man through a desperate fear.
Director and screenwriter Carmen Vidal, Spain, US, 14 minutes
Working all night, a film editor is overcome by the odd sensuality and rhythm within the raw footage he is cutting.
Quirk of Fate
Director Marco J. Riedl, Germany, 45 minutes
Luke risks violating his parole but must do everything in his power to save his young daughter who needs a donor heart.
Show times to be announced. Visit anchorage filmfestival.org.
A Scene at the Sea (Gu Yeo-Rum-Eu Ba-Da)
Director Jaehee Lee, South Korea, 22 minutes
A father and son, roles now reversed as one becomes the caretaker of the other, execute a delicate dance at the edge of the sea.
Director Michael Burns, Dean Q. Mitchell, Alaska, 18 minutes
Two strangers meet in a backwoods gas station bathroom. One of them hopes to reboot his life while the other hopes to end his. Life might have different plans.
Could've Been More
Director and screenwriter Matt Jardin, Alaska
A romantic drama/comedy with a unique twist on the classic story of a guy torn between past and present lovers and dealing with the repercussions of "knowing is better than wondering."
Director, screenwriter and producer Woodruff Laputka, Alaska
An asylum patient seeks the source of a mysterious call from his distant, long buried past.
Director Jill Jones, Alaska, 18 minutes
A young girl is plagued by illness in a cold, unforgiving land. A steadfast protector will help illuminate her way.
Director Michael Ragen, Alaska 14 minutes
This long-form music video combines two tracks of the group Portugal. The Man from the album "In The Mountain In The Cloud." Frontman John Gourley is sent on a dangerous expedition through the wilderness of the band's native Alaska.
Directors Kelly Gwynn and Jay Rapoza, Alaska, 18 minutes
Alaska Native teens address issues that they face: suicide, bullying and outside perceptions.
Super Shorts 1: Campy Horror Picture Show
Saturday, Out North - Main, 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Out North - Gallery, 5:45 p.m.
Last Seen on Delores Street
Director Devi Snively, US, 4 minutes
In a hard-boiled town, a heartbroken woman says goodbye to an old pet and hello to a new nightmare.
The Devil & Danny Webber
Director Michael Bergstrom, Alaska, 8 minutes
The Devil comes to collect the soul of Danny after a deal 25 years previously, but he's not quite sure what to make of what he finds.
Director, screenwriter and producer John Gigrich, US, 6 minutes
A weekend cabin getaway turns into panic filled mayhem, when an uninvited guest appears.
Director Claudio Oakley, Alaska, 8 minutes
A man with nothing left to lose runs into an old acquaintance in an empty bar.
Giant Monsters Attack Hawaii
Director Dane Neves, US, 10 minutes
Hawaii's answer to one of Hollywood's most distinguished film concepts with a family friendly twist: It is told through the point of view of an unqualified giant monster on rampage in Waikiki.
Van Dexter Vampire Slayer
Director Gary Vinant-Tang, Alaska, 8 minutes
Ever had a family tradition you felt you had to continue? Even if it might kill you? Eight-year-old Van Dexter's family tradition is slaying vampires. Will it kill him?
Eyes for Amber
Director, screenwriter and producer Alexander Jeffery, Alaska, 10 minutes
Created in the style of film noir, a celebrity couple in the late 1950s reflects on their shared past before facing the inevitable present.
Attack of the Killer Mutant Chickens (Murgi Keno Mutant)
Director Nayeem Mahbub, Bangladesh, 15 minutes
In the near future, Bangladesh is terrorized killer mutant chickens. In order to keep chicken on the menu, a team of kung-fu fighting chefs hunt the mutants.
Super Shorts 2: The Hipster's Almanac
Dec. 10, Alaska Experience Theatre - Large, 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 11, Alaska Experience Theatre - Small, 3:30 p.m. The Man at the Counter
Director Brian McAllister, US, 9 minutes
A teenaged boy who spends his summer working at a coffee shop has a chance encounter with an old man, and he is forced to deal with some of life's most basic questions.
A Finger, Two Dots Then Me
Director David Holechek, US, 8 minutes
A spoken-word piece based on a popular poem by Derrick Brown who takes a look at death, life and love.
Director Ben Bryan, Australia, 10 minutes
A young girl who likes to read is bullied on a train trip. A mysterious stranger gives her a book to replace the one destroyed, and with this kind act her adventure begins.
Love at Last
Director Alexander Jeffery, US, 6 minutes
Created in the style of film noir, a celebrity couple in the late 1950s reflects on their shared past before facing the inevitable present.
Director Slavik Boyechko, Alaska, 8 minutes
Based on a short story by Donald Barthelme, a frustrated writer drinks cheap white wine and smokes cigarillos while musing about his wife and newborn.
The Way It's Played
Director Shripriya Mahesh, US, 7 minutes
The card game is the highlight of the week for a group of women who are long-time friends. More than a social gathering, it's a refuge where they are on top of their game. What happens when a member of the group begins to falter?
2 Scoops of Love
Director Rebecca Berrih, US, 4 minutes
Love tastes even sweeter when served with ice-cream.
It's Natural to Be Afraid
Director Justin Doherty, UK, 10 minutes
Mya is entering a new country. Sam is coming out of mourning. Ryan is becoming an adult. Are any of them where they want to be?
Cold Blood (Snag Froid)
Director Martin Thibaudeau Canada, 5 minutes
An exhausted mother brings her terrified son to the hospital.
Director and producer Peter Pasyk, Canada, 6 minutes
An absurd battle ensues when two men hanging posters on the same street must negotiate their turf.
Director Matthew Jenkin, Australia, 6 minutes
One family. One lesson to be learned. One twisted way to teach it.
Super Shorts: Indies
Dancing Devil (Tonrar Yuralria)
Director Laisa Ramthun, Brazil, 6 minutes, Screens with 'Beat Boxing,' Saturday
At every 3027 moons in the remote icy lands, the monster Tonrar Yuralria awakens to pursue his ruthless hunt for children to enslave them.
Director Freddy Rabbath, US, 8 minutes, screens with 'Mabul,' Sunday
A unique love story from a younger perspective. Join Ben as he fights to get Rachel back from the bully Scott.
Director Michael Bonomo, US, 8 minutes, Dec. 9, in Martini Matinee
The story follows a young man who relives the day he spent with his wife a year after her passing. He deals with short flashes of memory between the past and present as he deals with the loss, still fresh in his mind.
Good Versus Evil
Director Kim Sheridan, US, 8 minutes, Dec. 9, in Martini Matinee
Detective Good makes history by bringing out the good in everyone.
Roomies: The Journey for Light
Director Adam Rutter, US, 7 minutes, Dec. 9, in Martini Matinee
A group of random household objects live together in an apartment bedroom, but a broken light bulb forces them into the unknown.
The Driving Accident
Director, screenwriter and producer Rio Fitch, Canada, 5 minutes, screens Dec. 10 in Library Shorts
During an afternoon of play a young boy must use his wits and creativity to recover from a minor tragedy.
Director Nic Weinfeld, US, 7 minutes, Dec. 9 in Martini Matinee
In 1945 post-World War II Poland, Jewish women liberated from the concentration camps still face prejudice and hatred. But in the background is a protector, one of the righteous 36.
Super Shorts: Snowdance
Bike/Ski/Raft Denali Traverse
Producer Luc Mehl, South Georgia and Alaska, 8 minutes
Shot during a 25-day traverse over the summit of Denali, the trip was made entirely under human power, with no type of motorized transportation.
Director and producer T Scott, Alaska, 4 minutes
Faced with a tragedy in a remote village in Alaska, artist Leslie Kimiko Ward makes an offering for healing.
Producer Anny Ningl, Alaska, 8 minutes
Sometimes teenagers just can't tell the difference between hormone-induced dreams and reality.
Director Kristopher Peck, Alaska, 8 minutes
A sequel to 2010's "Tour de Seward," filmmaker Kristopher Peck rides his custom built ultimate wheel over ice and snow in Whittier.
Mixed Media: Martini Matinee
Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m, Bear Tooth, 83 Minutes with short intermission Edgy and to the point, the short films of Martini Matinee are not of the usual mix. Movie trivia contest and a presentation of the winning video from Alaska Distillery's Outlaw Whiskey Video Contest are part of the program.
This Is not Real by Gergely Wootsch;108.1 FM Radio by Giuseppe Capasso and Angelo Capasso; Passion by Zach Bainter; Human Nature by Nassos Vakalis; Talk to Him by Agata Pretka; Two-Legged Rat Bastards by Scott Weintrob; Last Scene on Delores Street by Devi Snively; Landscape With Duck by Patrick Neary; The Dance by Pardis Parker; Due by Jonathan Lang; Il Lucchetto/The Padlock by Ettore Nicoletti; (Baby) It's You by David Cowles, Jeremy Galante and Brad Pattullo; Love at Last by Alexander Jeffery
Loussac Library Films
International Short Films for All Ages
Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m., free Drop in any time and stay as long as you like. Includes three full hours of short films, from artistic animations to hilarious live-action shorts and informative short documentaries. Intermission from 1 to 1:15 p.m.
Nikolai Student Films
Four short films made by youth in Nikolai during the 2011 summer film workshop hosted by Atheneum School and Media Action. The films include "My Motherhood" by Joricha Thomas, "Pike of Nikolai" by Shawn Gover, "Medicine of Nikolai" by Dante Esai and "Silver Tip" by Phil Runkle. Running time is 25 minutes.
Glacier Express; The Freedom Chair; Giant Monster Attack; Another Dress, Another Button; The Girl and the Fox; Van Dexter Vampire Slayer; Otto; Wild Dogs; Driving Accident; Winter Light; Reverie; Drawn; Good vs Evil; Dilli