The Ann Arbor Film Festival is excited to announce and welcome Katie G McGowan as Associate Director of Programs. An accomplished curator and intermedia artist, McGowan brings over 15 years of experience in arts programming, along with strong connections to the arts community in Michigan and beyond. She comes to the festival from ArtCorp., an art consulting firm that she co-founded in 2014 to build connections between artists, cultural entrepreneurs, and capital investment in Detroit and Brooklyn. Previously, she was Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, where she built a diverse program of screenings, lectures, and exhibitions, and co-founded


AAFF founder George Manupelli considered the film selection committee “the heart of the Festival, the key to it all.” As the AAFF enters its 55th year, we have developed a new screening process to accommodate the increasing number of submissions the AAFF receives every year. This new process will ensure that more “eyes” see each film submitted and engender the lively discussions that were a big part of screenings when the Festival was founded. A large selection committee will be divided into subcommittees based on genre. Each of the genre groups will work with an advisor with relevant expertise. All films will be screened by at least two people in the first “pre-screening” round, and more a


As mentioned in our last newsletter, the AAFF is in the process of revising its operations to make them more efficient and ethical than ever before. We will define our best practices clearly to establish transparency and strengthen the trust between the Festival and the wonderful filmmakers that make it possible. This effort comes as a direct result of the Film Festival Alliance’s development of a Film Festival Code of Ethics. AAFF Executive Director Leslie Raymond learned about the Code of Ethics at the most recent Art House Convergence during the FFA's programming strand, which allowed film festival staff to meet, mix, learn from one another, and share their resources. The current draft of



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