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The Southern Oregon Film Society has created one of the Premier film festivals in the US. Their professionalism and ability to keep their finger on the pulse of important independent films (and film makers) ensures their continued success. This organization helps bring an influx of tourists to our small community, thereby helping our small businesses achieve their own success.
The Ashland Independent Film Festival has such a welcoming atmosphere, inviting newcomers into the theater to see Indie Films along with well-seasoned fans and filmmakers. In the gorgeous town of Ashland, everyone comes together over the few days of the AIFF to share many moving movie moments - in every genre of film. At AIFF, new filmmakers are respected in a very holistic way - the festival itself is an amazingly creative endeavor! The AIFF event relies heavily upon grassroots volunteers, whose involvement is equally treasured and honored. I have run into filmmakers while on the street in Ashland, learned about their next film, and started following their creative work. This non-profit organization is incredible.
I'm in my 4th year as a volunteer at AIFF. The staff is wonderfully supportive and appreciative of its volunteers and donors. I've worked in the office in a number of capacities as well as a screener. No matter what the job, from counting pencils to proof reading to reviewing films, I have always been thanked by a staff person. To me this is so much more important and fulfilling than the vouchers that are offered to volunteers (although that's a nice perk too!).
The quality of the films shown is unsurpassed and if not for AIFF many of us would never have the opportunity to see the many top notch documentaries, shorts and features screened each year.
The organization of the festival and the treatment of all involved, from filmmakers to film goers has consistently been professional and seamless. I can't say enough good things about AIFF!
I have worked as a volunteer with AIFF, a local non-profit organization, since 2006 taking tickets, cleaning the theater, etc the first couple of years. For the past few years have been a screener of documentary films (80hrs per season) which I have loved. I have worked as a volunteer for a number of other non-profit organizations. AIFF is by far my best experience. The collaborative leadership style, respect and support for volunteers, experience of fun and request for feedback that is used to affect the running of the festival all contribute to making my experience completely satisfying. I appreciate the way this festival contributes to the life of the Ashland and Rogue Valley community. The high quality of film makers that participate in this festival is astounding to me. I use film in my college level classes, workshops and retreats and know the power of film to change lives. Being part of this festival has been one of my most enjoyable experiences since coming to Ashland in 2006. This organization has style, pzaaz, heart and hutzpah!!
May it continue to thrive in the coming years!!
Firstly, AIFF is a non-profit with heart. The team is warm, empathic, considerate, generous with their volunteers. They also generate an environment of fun & creativity, and a strong sense of community. I, personally, am a volunteer screener. I feel what I do makes a difference, and I am made to feel that by the organizers as well: I contribute to the Festival being as good as it can be. I teach film classes, so I see first-hand on a regular basis how film can change both individuals and groups; movies are change agents!
I am a volunteer screener at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Film is my passion; I teach and facilitate workshops and classes using film. To me, film - feature films as well as documentaries - are agents of change. Many, if not most, films deliver a message which we are able to take in when we watch a movie with conscious awareness. The AIFF brings this possibility to Southern Oregon, where people come from all over to attend. The quality of films and the excellence of the filmmakers who participate are top-notch. Being a screener allows me to bring my skills and talents to help make the Festival a force of change in the world.
When I arrived in Ashland, OR, several years ago as a newly retired person, I wanted to find a volunteer opportunity that would allow me to contribute while at the same time be enriching for me. I was astonished to learn that right in my new home town was an outstanding film festival that might want someone who had spent her whole career in the non-profit world. I walked through the door of AIFF and have never turned back.
Because of the great people who work there, their dedication and commitment to making the Festival the very best in the Northwest, and because the volunteers are treated with such respect--for these reasons and many more that is why AIFF is my absolute favorite volunteer activity.
I had the honor of interning for the Ashland Independent Film Festival which turned out to be one of the greatest experiences in my life so far. Being able to help plan this week long event from start to finish was so rewarding. For me, it was all of the people involved that made this event so spectacular. People come from all over to enjoy not only the films on the screen but the amazing staff, volunteers, and film makers.
For years to come I plan to be involved with this film festival. If you love film, this festival should be on your bucket list!
I have been attending the Ashland Independent Film Festival for the past 5 years and have been extremely impressed with the lineup of films showcased. The panel discussions have been lively and informative and the event is well run. My interest in activism through film has increased as a result of attending these festivals.
The Southern Oregon Film Society provides an amazing opportunity for both independent film makers and the public of this little town: we get to watch movies we would otherwise not have access to, talk with their makers face-to-face, and immerse ourselves for 5 days in the thoughts and inspirations of some of the most creative members of our society, and these film makers get to share the product of their work and discuss it with us!
Ashland Independent Film Festival consistently provides intelligent, thought-provoking, community-building films in a setting that encourages discussions before and after the films.
The sSoutjern Oregon Film Society puts on a truly amazing event with the Ashland Independent Film Festival. It presents a huge number of heart open, mind stretching counsciousness awakening films, all with grace and kindness and, for all appearances, ease. Their reputation now has spread far and wide, accumulating accolades,. People pule into town yet the Festival retains its local flavor and feel. How exceptional is that! AIFF is a rare gem, spreading goodness . Hoe lucky we are!
I have been involved with the Film Society for over 10 years...volunteer bookkeeper for years...came on the board last year. I love the exposure to new ideas from the films, relish the visits with other festival goers on what we've all seen, cherish the many volunteers who make the festival the gem it is and greatly appreciate the staff who are the genesis of all these wonderful experiences. We are going through changes now...understanding that change is inevitable in the life of an organization...it's not easy, but will result in a richer experience for everyone involved in the organization.
I'm so proud to be part of this special organization. Just knowing that what we do affects so many people in positive ways makes it all worthwhile. The films themselves change lives with their content, but the sense of community that is evoked each April at the festival when over 80 films are presented in a five day span is the thing that makes the biggest difference for me. Talking to complete strangers about a film I saw yesterday while standing in line waiting to get in to see yet another, in the theater before a film begins or in a restaurant or a pub after saturating myself with independent film for an entire day, I can't help but to feel that during the five day festival that Ashland is truly the center of the universe. There are so few opportunities for us to actually connect as a community, to experience things together and be offered the opportunity to share our experience with one another. The Ashland Independent Film Festival offers all that. Volunteering my time for this organization is one of the more fulfilling things I've experienced in my life.
The Ashland Independent Film Festival is one of the cultural jewels of Southern Oregon, bringing together the best of independent film and the warmth and friendliness of a special community. The well organized mix of filmmakers, audience and volunteers makes this event a rare and wonderful experience. It is five days not to be missed.