About

History

Founded in 1974, the AIFVF has been presenting the best in international film for 46 years. Known globally as a festival that supports cinema from underground and marginalized populations, the AIFVF represents the values that we share as a community. It is a champion of justice and provides a voice for underrepresented artists and viewpoints on a global level. For four decades, Athens International has embraced experimental, narrative, short-form, feature length, and documentary films from every corner of the globe, offering filmmakers a stellar platform for public exposure and an environment that values artistry above marquee names and industry relationships.

The Competition Process

Each year, a Prescreening Committee comprised of artists, students, and community activists watch all the films and videos entered in the competition. After all entries have been watched, the pre-screeners evaluate all entries to determine films to include in public screenings.

Cash prizes are awarded by guest jurors, in four categories: documentary, experimental, narrative, and animation. Festival Jurors will be announced just prior to the Festival. Awards will be announced on the final day of the Festival.

Competition films are then programmed around various themes that emerge from the films selected; our intention is to group films into shows that reflect a common thematic thread. This year 2,200 films were submitted to the competition. From these; 235 films from 41 countries were chosen to screen at this year’s festival.

Festival Staff

Director: David Colagiovanni
Assistant Programers: Terra White, Josh Vieth
Hospitality Coordinator: Kelee Riesbeck
Technical Direction: Dan Bruell, Dan Moray
Design and Art Direction: Alexander Graham
Transportation: Gokul Muralitharan
Proofreading: Daryl Malarry Davidson
Festival Staff: Ohio University students enrolled in the Film Festival Practicum course.

Contact us:

Mailing Address:
Athens Int’l Film and Video Festival
P.O. Box 388, Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740-593-1330
Email: athensohiofilmfest@gmail.com
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