aiff 2014 (ashland independent film festival)The ashland independent film festival is five days of the highest-quality independent film, held in historic Ashland, Oregon. The Washington Post called it “a dream you’ll never want to leave.” Every Spring, Southern Oregon buzzes with the excitement of the aiff. Over 7000 film lovers gather at the historic art-deco Varsity Theatre, in the heart of downtown Ashland, to watch over 80 films in five days.

This year’s guests include Emmy-winning actor Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream).

Filmmakers of documentaries, features and shorts from around the world come to engage with the audience after each screening, and at the festival’s Opening Night Bash and Award Celebration parties with local wine, beer and artisan food. Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell and more. This year’s guests include Emmy-winning actor Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream). The film festival is one of the reasons Ashland is included in the popular travel guide A Thousand Places to See Before You Die.

Connecting Point returns for its second year as a sponsor, providing iMac computers and a wireless printer for the festival’s Hospitality Suite. We urge you to support the thriving arts community in our area. Visit the aiff website to see the rich variety of films being presented at this year’s festival. Better still, pick up some tickets and celebrate independent cinema with like-minded folks in Ashland! It all kicks off this Thursday, and runs through Monday.

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