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2019 Athens International Film + Video Festival is April 8-14!

2019 Athens International Film + Video Festival is April 8-14!


The Athens International Film + VideoFestival (AIFVF) is excited to announce its 46th season, a week of film art and music in Athens, April 8-14, at the Athena Cinema and partnering venues. A slate of daily short film screenings, feature films, and special events throughout the week turn Athens into a destination for film lovers throughout the region and the world.

This year’s festival includes an array of special events, including opening night festivities celebrating female experimental filmmakers, a special artist tribute to the formidable Jo Andres, 12 contemporary spotlight feature film screenings, 25 feature competition screenings, hundreds of short films, and four visiting filmmaker events.  

The festival’s opening night events, Monday April 8, include “The Future is Experimental” a program of female experimental filmmakers, along with the feature documentary “Ingrid,” by Morrisa Maltz, which premiered at Slamdance in 2018.


Jo Andres, alumni filmmaker, dancer, performance artist
Jo Andres (1954–2019)— alumni filmmaker, dancer, performance artist. Image care of AIFVF.

Special Events

This year the festival is excited to present four visiting filmmaker events, each with unique programs of work.


Jo Andres (1954–2019) In Remembrance (info)
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., AIFVF will host a special tribute evening to the award winning artist, and Ohio University alumni, Jo Andres. Andres, who earned an M.F.A. degree in Film in 1984, and a B.F.A. in Dance in 1980 in the College of Fine Arts, was an award winning filmmaker, choreographer and artist, developing out of the kinetic downtown New York performance scene of the 1980s, and building an inspired career in the arts and cinema.

Her work was shown at the reigning venues of the era, among them The Performing Garage, La Mama E.T.C., P.S. 122, St. Marks Danspace, and the Collective for Living Cinema.

Black Kites, Andres’ 1996 award-winning film, aired on PBS, RAI Italian TV and screened in Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, London and Human Rights Watch Film Festivals. Andres directed music and art videos, as well as her own film performance works. She served as Executive Producer for Bonnie Hawthorne’s recent documentary Dreaming of a Vetter World about an organic farming family.

Andres was a dance consultant to the acclaimed Wooster Group. She has been an artist in residence at leading universities, museums and art colonies, including Yaddo and The Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Film from Ohio University in 1984.

Jurors Events

Lynne Sachs • The Joy of Filming: a Program of Films with Lynne Sachs (info)
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM

Chris Sullivan • Director of celebrated animated film Consuming Spirits (info)
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 PM

Laura Harrison — In Person • The 2018 AIFVF first prize winner in animation (info)
Friday, April 12, 5:30 PM

Jodi Wille • Ohio University alumni (B.F.A. '91), co-director of 2013's acclaimed The Source Family (info)
Screening event Saturday, April 13, 7:15 PM


A Week of features and shorts from around the world

This year’s festival presents 267 films, from 58 countries, selected from a pool of 2,300 submissions. Guest jurors will award cash prizes in four categories: documentary, experimental, narrative, and animation, to be announced at the end of the week. The 12 contemporary spotlights are feature length films screened outside of competition, and presented throughout the week.

Founded in 1974, the Athens International Film + Video Festival has been presenting the best in international film for 45 years. Known globally as a festival that supports cinema from independent, 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 over four decades, the AIFVF has embraced experimental, narrative, short-form, feature length and documentary films from every corner of the globe.

The Athens International Film + Video Festival is administered by TheAthens Center for Film and Video, a project of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.  

This year’s festival takes place April 8–14, 2019, at the historic Athena Cinema and other locations in and around uptown Athens, OH. The full 2019 schedule and ticket information will be available soon at the Festivalwebsite: www.athensfest.org.


2018 festival with Laurie Anderson, and the 2017 audience.