ann arbor film festival 59th call for en



The 59th AAFF is scheduled to take place

March 23-28, 2021 and will be held online

The call for entries for the 59th festival is closed.
Please check back in June 2021 for information regarding 
submitting to the 60th AAFF


The Ann Arbor Film Festival is open to experimental films as well as films that demonstrate a high regard for the moving image as an experimental art form, no matter the genre. Work previously submitted may not be re-entered. Short and feature-length entries are accepted. Short films run no longer than 59 minutes. Feature films run 60 minutes or more. Entries not in English should have English subtitles. Works in progress may be submitted, but are juried in the same pool as all other submissions. Later versions of a film may be selected at the programmer's discretion. Work must be contemporary (completed within the last three years). Entry fees are per film entered, and must accompany the entry form for confirmation. Make checks and money orders payable to the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Entry fees are




The AAFF offers approximately $22,500 in both cash and in-kind awards each year. In addition to conferring prestige and financial support, an AAFF award can also qualify filmmakers for an Oscar® nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the short film category. Qualifying AAFF awards include the Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival, the Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film, the Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative, and Best Experimental Film. To find out which films were recognized with festival awards at the 58th AAFF in 2020, click here.


FEATURES (60 min and longer)


Early-bird deadline (July 1-July 31, 2020) - $40  USD


Regular deadline (August 1-August 31, 2020) - $55  USD


Late deadline (September 1-October 15, 2020) - $70  USD

SHORTS (59 min and shorter)


Early-bird deadline (July 1-July 31, 2020) - $30  USD


Regular deadline (August 1-August 31, 2020) - $45  USD


Late deadline (September 1-October 15, 2020) - $60  USD


Entries are accepted via secure online screening only. We do not accept DVD, VHS, or video data files for screening purposes. Due to the 59th festival being held online, we will not be reviewing physical film submissions. Once we go back to the theater, we will resume accepting physical film. Please contact the festival at with any questions.


PO Box 8232 Ann Arbor, MI 48107

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Ann Arbor Film Festival 

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EIN: 38-2379836