AIFF received a major $25,000 gift from an anonymous donor, making our end-of-year campaign our most successful ever. This major gift came on the heels of the festival’s successful achievement of a $40,000 end-of-year campaign. Thank you to everyone who pledged to make the new AIFF Film Center an exciting reality. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Special thanks to the three anonymous donors and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, which provided us with two $10,000 matching grants!
Campaign contributions are helping to expedite the purchase of furniture and projection and sound equipment for our lobby and “microcinema – just in time for our February 1 opening. Any remaining funds will go toward developing programs in the space during the April 16-20 festival and, on a regular basis, during First Fridays and special screening nights beginning in May.
We also send a big shoutout to those who attended our November benefit screening of the documentary Fire in Paradise, which helped to raise $1,641.50 for the North Valley Community Foundation. The documentary about California’s deadliest wildfire, directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and produced by Ashland resident Gary Kout, made the short list for shorts contending for Oscars®!