AIFF selections to include at least one Oscar winner

At least one Academy Award-winning film will be shown at the seventh annual Ashland Independent Film Festival in April. In addition, nine 2008 AIFF selections have been nominated for Academy Awards, including every film nominated in one category, thus ensuring an Oscar winner.

The full slate of more than 80 documentary, feature and short films to be shown at the April 3-7 festival is still being finalized. It will be announced in late February.

"We are thrilled to have so many films selected by our programming team nominated for Oscars, with one a sure winner," AIFF Executive Director Tom Olbrich said in a press release.

This year's winners will be celebrated at the AIFF's annual Oscar Night Gala and Silent Auction at the Historic Ashland Armory on Feb. 24, when the festival rolls out the red carpet and the Academy Awards is broadcast on two 30-foot screens with concert sound (assuming the writers' strike is over).

Tickets for that event are on sale now. For more information, visit, or call 488-3823.

The category in which the AIFF has a sure winner is Best Documentary Short Subject. All four films nominated for 2008 Oscars are set to be shown at the AIFF in April.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars, made a grant of $20,000 to the AIFF last fall to assist the festival to bring additional filmmakers, actors and subjects of documentaries to the April festival.

Tickets for the festival go on sale in March.

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