Alameda International Film Festival
The Alameda International Film Festival (#AIFF) has tripled in length since last year’s festival and features over 14 hours of independent cinema from the bay area and around the world. Among 16 U.S. and world premieres, the festival will include a Tribute to Sidney Poitier and a feature film during the Opening Night Gala written and directed by Tommy Swerdlow at Alameda City Hall.
The 2017 slate is studded with 49 short and feature films, with programs beginning on November 3 and taking place until the festival weekend starting November 10 and ending November 12. The festival will kick off on Friday November 3 with two free screenings of Sidney Poitier films including In The Heat of the Night (1967) and To Sir, with Love (1967) in a Tribute to Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking American-Bahamian actor who rose to immense fame in the predominantly white Hollywood of the 1950s and 60s. This year’s festival will also include a Kids Program with arts and crafts and classic children’s movies such as The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) and FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992). Programming will continue with a Veterans Program, also free to the public, with films by and about veterans which catalogue the experience of serving in the American military. Leading up to the Opening Night Gala on November 10, AIFF will show three classic political satires (A Face in the Crowd, Bob Roberts, Wag the Dog), films chosen with the contentious political climate in mind. Screenings of submitted films will begin on the evening of Friday November 10 at the festival’s Opening Night Gala, where champagne, popcorn and candy will be paired with a screening of A Thousand Junkies by Tommy Swerdlow (Cool Runnings, Snow Dogs, Child’s Play) featuring Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Spaceballs, The Grudge). Swerdlow will be in attendance to answer questions during a panel after the film. The next day, screenings of our short programs will begin, where attendees can experience a group of short films that adhere to a common theme or idea, such as the Reality Check or Snap Judgement program. On Saturday and Sunday night, after enjoying their share of short films, attendees can view screenings of two more feature films, Saawan by acclaimed Pakistani cinematographer Farhan Alam and Searching For Fortune by Joseph Matarrese. Each of the short film programs and feature films will be followed by a panel with the filmmakers and actors. This year’s festival will be held in three locations: Alameda City Hall, the Alameda Veterans Center and Phoenix Alameda. The festival will conclude on Sunday night with the Closing Night Ceremony, where executive producers Mark Farrell and Colin Blake will award thousands of dollars in prizes to filmmakers.
"This year's Alameda International Film Festival will give audiences a totally unique cinematic experience,” said Executive Producer Colin Blake. “We are representing every genre imaginable with stunning shorts and features from all over the globe and just around the corner, and with local filmmakers joining those from further afield for insightful and entertaining Q&As. Pair all that with a glass of bubbly or suds and it's going to be an unbelievable week of moving pictures.”