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Film fest earns U.S. Bank grant

The Ashland Independent Film Festival recently received a $1,000 grant award from U.S. Bank region Vice President Gloria Schell. This is the second consecutive year AIFF has received support from U.S. Bank for access to the arts, specifically to help meet the need for arts engagement in Southern Oregon by continuing successful programs targeting student filmmakers, local filmmakers, and filmgoers during the 16th annual AIFF in 2017.

AIFF board Vice-President Foy Renfro, accepted the gift, thanking U.S. Bank for their support. “We are very grateful to U.S. Bank Foundation for their support," he said, "which will help us continue to offer free access to film festival programs such as our local and student filmmaking competitions. These programs ensure that children, youth and adults in our region have the opportunity to engage with independent film.”

In addition to free filmmaking competitions, during the annual festival AIFF offers discounted film tickets to Oregon Trail Card members and free admission to student and locally-made films.

AIFF is a widely recognized and highly regarded film festival, screening 100-plus independently made documentaries, features, and shorts at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and the Ashland Street Cinema each April. Next year's festival is set for April 6-10.

The festival was named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, and holds a spot in the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2016, Top Towns.”

The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts have each twice awarded AIFF with rare festival support grants. For details, visit ashlandfilm.org.