Varsity World Film Festival

26th Annual Varsity World Film Festival Brings Intriguing International Films to Southern Oregon


Al Case, Ashland Daily Photo,

Films From Around the World Selected to Illuminate, Delight, Inspire
New Discount Film Week Passes Available

In his curatorial debut, Ashland Independent Film Festival Director of Programming Richard Herskowitz has assembled an intriguing and illuminating array of international films for the October 2-8 Varsity World Film Festival, co-sponsored by Coming Attractions Theatres. Tickets go on sale the afternoon of Tuesday, September 8.

Films range from a feature inspired and acted by rural Senegalese villagers, to a wordless animated film from Brazil, to an American “hybrid” feature that interweaves documentary footage of filmmaker Alex Sichel coping with cancer with a dramatized version of her life, starring actress Lili Taylor.

“I tried to gather extraordinary films from all over the globe - to give Ashland audiences the opportunity to go on twelve unforgettable voyages in one week,” Herskowitz said. “The films have all been acclaimed by critics and audiences at international festivals, and are best seen, I strongly believe, on a big screen, among other cinephiles. We will also provide viewers with the interactive experience festivals are known for, with three guest filmmakers holding Q&A’s and, on one night, live music in the house.”