The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called "a dream you'll never want to leave." Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 7000 film lovers gather at the downtown vintage Art Deco Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and the Ashland Street Cinemas to enjoy over 90 films. Filmmakers of the documentaries, features, and shorts come from around the world come to engage with the audience after screenings and at the film festival’s Opening Night Bash and Award Celebration parties complete with local wine, beer, and gourmet food. Free panel discussions at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Film competitions for professionals, locals, and students. Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell, Julie Taymor, and more. The film festival is one of the reasons Ashland is included in the popular travel guide A Thousand Places to See Before You Die.
The Oregonian newspaper's Shawn Levy, said the AIFF "offers movie lovers that same sense of being in a magical place...Southern Oregon doesn't have anything else like it – nor, in fact, do most places on Earth."
Film festival memberships are available year round and individual tickets go on sale in March. Members of the AIFF have access to our ticket pre-sale, the members-only line for first entry into the theatres, ticket discounts and more.
Can’t wait for April? Join us the first week in October for Varsity World Film Week, co-sponsored by Coming Attractions Theatres. Seven days of international independent film. Memberships not required. Tickets available at the Varsity Theatre.