FILM CHALLENGE

Thursday, March 4-Sunday, March 7

It’s the first-ever Ann Arbor Film Festival Film Challenge! 

At various locations throughout downtown Ann Arbor, you’ll be challenged to create a mini film, all while following social distancing guidelines outside. Participants will be entered to win some fantastic prizes that range from AAFF tickets to gift cards donated by some of our favorite local businesses. Some of the locations have offers just for participating like discounts and goodie bags. We didn’t forget about our international friends. For film lovers who aren’t local, the provided film challenges will be similar and they’ll encourage participants to explore their hometown. The AAFF will be assembling submissions into a collaborative film that will premiere during the 59th AAFF. You can create the challenges yourself or with a team, it’s up to you! Participants are encouraged to be experimental and create mind-bending films of their own. Find the locations and rules below. 

The Film Challenge begins on Thursday, March 4, and ends Sunday, March 7. There will be tables set up in front of the Michigan Theater staffed by AAFF volunteers handing out  maps and merchandise between 3pm-6pm Thursday and Friday and 12pm-5pm on Saturday and Sunday

 

RULES & CONDITIONS

  • Entries must be submitted via this form, but we encourage you to tag us, follow us on Instagram @aafilmfest and use #AAFFfilmchallenge with your submission.

  • Each film challenge completed is considered an additional entry.

  • Participants who complete a minimum of six challenge prompts are eligible for the awarded prizes. 

  • All participants are expected to follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining 6-feet distances and following each location's COVID protocols

  • By submitting to the contest you are giving the Ann Arbor Film Festival permission to use your film in the collaborative Film Challenge video that will be shown during the 59th AAFF.

  • Submissions must be under 30 seconds.

  • The submission period ends Monday, March 8 at 11:59pm EST.

  • Winners will be notified by email two weeks after the contest. You must respond to the announcement within 5 days to claim your prize.

  • Submissions outside of the U.S. will only be eligible to win 59th AAFF tickets and AAFF store credit. 

  • The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

 

LOCATIONS AND CHALLENGES

Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown location) 

 

Challenge: Pick up your materials to create a film loop for the PICKLE FORT COLLECTIVE workshop

 

Avalon

 

Challenge: Create an experimental documentary on the origins of the orange facade at Avalon

 

Bon Bon Bon

 

Challenge: Standing in front of the Bon Bon Bon shopfront, create a film using only ONE word of dialogue, said THREE times.

Offer for participating: Free Bon with a purchase of any item, tell the cashier "Film Film Film"

 

Cherry Republic

 

Challenge: With Cherry Republic visible behind you, show us where your favorite place in Michigan is using your hand.

Offer for participating: 10% discount and free sample goodie bag, just let the cashier know you’re participating in the AAFF Scavenger Hunt

 

Encore Records

 

Challenge: Film a mini music video at Encore Records.

Offer for participating: Free gift with purchase while supplies last

 

Frita Batidos

 

Challenge: Film a little salsa dance (or your favorite kind of dance) outside of Frita Batidos and check out their new expanded space!

Offer for participating: Happy hour pricing

 

Graffiti Alley


Challenge: Leave your mark in Graffiti Alley and capture it on film.

Literati

 

Challenge: Perform a dramatic reading of any of the quotes written on the side of the Literati building

The Michigan Theater

 

Challenge: With the Michigan Theater marquee in the background, welcome viewers to the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Offer for participating: Popcorn!

 

People's Food Co-op

 

Challenge: Strike a yoga pose in the plaza with People's Food Co-op in the background, bonus points if you include some tasty and nutritious produce somehow!

Offer for participating: 10% discount

 

Zingerman's Deli

 

Challenge: From across either Kingsley or Detroit Street, use forced perspective (think Leaning Tower of Pisa tourist photos) to make it look as though you're eating the Zingerman's Deli like it was a delicious Reuben sandwich. You can imagine a Tempeh Reuben if you’re vegetarian.

Offer for participating: 15% discount at zcob.me/deligrocery. Enter code FILMFEST at checkout

In The Screen! Installations viewable from the street

 

  • U-M Institute For Humanities | For Your Eyes Only by Yasmine Nassar Diaz

  • 111 South 4th Ave. | One Man’s War by Li Binyuan 

  • Ann Arbor Art Center | Undue Burden by Jex Blackmore

  • Ann Arbor Art Center | The Well by Deb Todd Wheeler

CHALLENGES FOR EVERYONE

Locations are suggested to help guide your Film Challenge

Do a close-up video or picture of what your eyes would look like after three shots of espresso in front of your favorite coffee shop.

 

Show us your favorite dance.

 

Use forced perspective (think Leaning Tower of Pisa tourist photos) to make it look as though you're eating your favorite deli or cafe!

 

Do a dramatic reading of found writing. It could be graffiti, from a billboard or sign.

 

Strike a pose in front of your local grocery store

 

In front of your local theater welcome viewers to the 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival in your language of choice.

 

Film a mini music video at your local record shop.

 

Using a sign with your town name visible behind you send greetings from where you are.

 

Create a film using only ONE word of dialogue.

Shoot a film in black and white

Shoot a film in slow motion

Make a mini stop motion video

LOCATION

PO Box 8232 Ann Arbor, MI 48107

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