This year’s 55th Ann Arbor Film festival was a resounding success, with many interesting, provocative, and groundbreaking new films shown. Now, many of the Festival’s award-winning films can be yours on our newly released AAFF Volume 10 DVD, which is now available to order! With cover art by goodgood and layout designed by Joan Wind, the 10th Volume in the AAFF DVD collection is a must-own for any devout Festival-goer! The collection includes the films Commodity City (by Jessica Kingdon, winner of the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker), Walk for Me (by Elegance Bratton, winner of the \aut\ Film Award for Best LGBTQ Film), Mind Frame (by Jake Fried), The Interior (by Jonathan Ratt


A Word from our Executive Director Early last fall under clear blue Ann Arbor skies, on a downtown sidewalk in front of RoosRoast, I met up with Bhushan Kulkarni and Maurice Collins of InfoReady for coffee. I’d learned of their cloud-based internal grant review software from Bill Mayer of SPARK. InfoReady developed and deployed InfoReady Review at over 100 universities, and I was curious to find out if it shared elements with our nonexistent dream platform for reviewing Festival submissions, yet to be created. The Festival had been stumbling along for some time with a system for film review that was lumpy and cumbersome. Frankensteined together over the past decade-and-a-half as the AAFF rod


This past June, we put out a blog post on our website and our newsletter that took a trip down memory lane, looking back at those who interned at the Film Festival who also ended up becoming filmmakers and screening at the Festival itself! Since then, we have heard back from many of these aforementioned former interns/current filmmakers and enjoyed hearing about their endeavors! At the Ann Arbor Film Festival, our alumni are extremely important to us. They are our lifeblood and our inspiration to continue working hard to bring fantastic content to the public every year! As a result, we have decided to include a new recurring segment in our monthly newsletter that shall be dedicated to updat


Although the next Festival won’t happen until March of next year, the AAFF is gearing up to welcome a new batch of prospective screeners for the 56th! With a simple, new and improved process for screening, it’s the perfect time to sign up! Yes, screening is hard work, but it is also a lot of fun! You get to pore over hours of interesting and exciting movies, critique their strengths and weaknesses, and participate in a process that decides whether or not someone’s labor of love is accepted into the AAFF. I know, I know, it sounds like a daunting task, but the whole process is extremely rewarding! As for myself, I am dying to get started on my first few cases of movies so I can dig for th



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