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The 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival closing events offer a program of select award-winning films as chosen by our jury.

Award Screening 1


A select screening of awarded films.

Join the 58th AAFF jurors, Lynne Sachs, Lisa Steele and Osbert Parker, following Award Screening 1 for a Q&A session with Festival Director, Leslie Raymond

Award Screening 2


Additional awarded films from the 58th AAFF

Afterparty:Works on White

Expanded Cinema Performance


SpOp (Marit Shalem) and Badgewearer (Tony Kennedy)

By popular demand!

Award Screening 3


More awarded films from the 58th AAFF


Extended Awards Screenings

The Giverny Document

Juror Award


Filmed on location in Harlem and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is a multi-textured cinematic poem that meditates on the safety and bodily autonomy of Black women. Filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary unleashes an arsenal of techniques and materials, including direct animation on archival 16mm film, woman on the street interviews, and montage editing techniques.

Video Blues

Best Experimental Film Award


Provocative and mysterious homemade images from the 80s, two voices, a woman and a man argue about what these images mean, two opinions about her past. Director Emma Tusell reconstructs her family history through these videos, searching for meaning and identity.

Home In the Woods

Gil Omenn Art & Science Award


An immersive portrait of a place viewed from different perspectives and scales. A contemplation of the cycles, patterns, and relationships that exist in the forest near director Brandon Wilson’s home.

Why Can't I Be Me? Around You

\aut\ FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film


Albuquerque’s Rusty Tidenberg, auto mechanic and drag-racing aficionado, shocked friends and family by coming out as trans. Followed for eight years by filmmaker Harrod Blank (son of Les Blank), Rusty guides us through the aftermath of her transition, as growing acceptance among her straight-talking Southwest community still doesn’t ease her romantic and professional woes. Interwoven with lively tales of gender non-conforming individuals on the art-car circuit, Blank’s film is a sensitive and unpredictable love letter to people who fight to be unapologetically themselves.

The 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) will be presented as a free live-streamed six-day event March 24-March 29, 2020! We made the decision to suspend all in-person events for the 58th AAFF due to growing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, and instead present short and feature films in competition entirely online.


The online event will be streamed through Vimeo as a one-time event and will be accessible worldwide. All listed times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -04:00). Moderated live Q&As with filmmakers will be streamed following the film screenings in order to continue discourse between filmmakers and our audience. Jurors will fulfill their commitment of reviewing programmed films in competition in order to confer the $22,500 in awards.

Each program is different. Films are not rated. All programs are intended for mature audiences, unless otherwise noted. Some films have imagery of a stroboscopic nature.


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