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Meet the Filmmakers and Check Out the Vault

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

If you’re not too blurry eyed from the prior night’s Awards Ceremony, join us for an up-close and personal wake-up call with our international filmmakers and industry guests 10:30am Sunday at the Ship Creek Center. This is one of the few chances to meet the filmmakers and staff of the AIFF. All filmmakers are encouraged to join the mix. It’s your chance to tout your film and tell us a bit about yourself and your latest projects. Free to all, pass holders have priority.

The Vault

All AIFF Pass Holders have special access to our 2007 library located in The Vault at Ship Creek Center (West end upper floor). This is the same area used for our Filmmaker Forums and is also the main headquarters for the Festival during its 10-day run. Pass holders are allowed to bring guests to this special area and screen films from DVD on our big screen TVs. There is also computer access and free refreshments. Open 10am to 8pm on weekends and 5pm to 8pm on weekdays.

Free Screening of JUMP! and a Free Jump Rope Workshop

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The documentary JUMP! screens 4:30pm Saturday at the Wilda Marston Theater followed by a jump rope demonstration. The film and the demonstration are free. The documentary is about eight kids who push physical and psychological limits to compete in the World Jump Rope Competition.

Find out more information for JUMP! or watch a trailer.

On the following day, Sunday, there is a jump rope workshop presented by USA Jump Rope ( and Juneau Jumpers ( The workshop is free and runs from 11am – 1pm at the Lake Otis Elementary School Gym.

A Cool Cat Purrs onto Anchorage Silver Screens

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The Festival is honored to present the World Premier of the Dalai Lama’s Cat directed by Michael Boswell. Peter and Michael Boswell are flying in from Sydney, Australia and will be on hand for both screenings, 12/7 Friday 6pm at Out North and 12/8 Saturday 1:30pm at the Anchorage Museum.

The docudrama tells of Peter’s lifelong ambition to go to Tibet and Michael’s ambition for Peter to pay back the money he owes him. Peter and Michael end up going to Tibet together. Their excuse is Peter’s imminent wedding which offers a novel alternative to the traditional handcuffed-to-a-lamp-post stag night. Mount Kailash — located on the remote Tibetan Plateau — is sacred to Buddhists and Hindus. A pilgrimage washes away a lifetime of sins… Peter and Michael realize they can only benefit from their journey to the roof of the world. Things then get complicated. Appointed Peter’s best man and responsible for his safe return to London for the big day, Michael must contend with Peter’s obsession with tale of the Dalai Lama’s cats, auspicious felines scattered to various monasteries around Tibet when the Lama fled the country as the Chinese army invaded in 1959. Searching for evidence of the cats, Peter and Michael discover the real situation of a country still suffering under the occupation of the Chinese government.

Find out more information for The Dalai Lama’s Cat or watch a trailer.

Crossing Alaska with Horses

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Join the filmmaker, Pauline Decroix, who has traveled from France to present her documentary, Crossing Alaska with Horses, at 7:00pm Thursday at Fireweed and 2:30pm Sunday at Out North.

Find out more information for Crossing Alaska with Horses or watch a trailer.