The 2019 Anderson Island Film Festival

Is Coming Soon!




Buoyed by the success of its inaugural event in 2019, the Anderson Island Film Festival committee has selected 20 films for inclusion in this year’s festival. The festival kicks off Friday, Sept 13 with a red carpet gala, a highly acclaimed social highlight of the year in 2019. Gala tickets went on sale Aug. 12 at $50 per person and were expected to sell out quickly. They can be purchased from Glenn Robb​, John Ullis​, Brian Alcid​, Betsy Donworth​, Ellen Ross Kaspi​, and Sean Griffin​.

More than 50 filmmakers worldwide – including a number from Anderson Islanders – submitted films for the festival’s consideration. The 20 chosen range from an exploration of love in the face of Alzheimer’s disease to a profile of Dorothy Schuler, matriarch of the island’s Schuler clan.

A 21st film, “Boom” – a film about The Sonics, a group at the heart of the 1960’s Seattle Sound that inspired a later generation of punk and grunge bands, including Nirvana – was selected to be shown on the island at a later date. Some Sonics veterans live on Anderson Island or are frequent visitors to it.

Other local and regional films endeavor to answer the question “Who Were Rudy and Oscar?” (Spoiler: They ran the Johnson Farm) and include a summary of works made by students at Anderson Island’s Youth Film Workshop. Among the international submissions, one out of Turkey attests to the fact that Anderson Island isn’t the only locale dealing with ferry issues.

At least two of the films will make their world premiers at this festival.

Film lengths range from 1 minute to 2 hours and will be shown in blocs of about 2 hours. We’ll be providing more information about each of the films in the weeks ahead.

Tickets to the Saturday Sept 14 and Sunday Sept 15 films can be purchased at the Anderson Island General Store. Tickets are priced at $7 per full-length feature length film or two-hour multi-film block. Five-ticket packs will be available for $30.

The Anderson Island Historical Society’s Archival Building will be the venue for all film festival activities. The Anderson Island Film Festival is sponsored by Island Arts, a non-profit organization.