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"LIVE FROM ANN ARBOR, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!" - INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS KELLY ON SNL's AAFF

Last October, Saturday Night Live broadcast the comedy sketch “Short Film,” set at the fictional “16th Annual Ann Arbor Short Film Festival.” The cast, along with guest host Emily Blunt, poked fun at film festivals as well as at avant-garde cinema. While this sketch may not specifically poke fun at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, we certainly appreciate the parody that the sketch presented. We contacted former SNL head writer Chris Kelly, also the writer-director of the Sundance hit Other People, to get his take on the sketch a year later. AAFF: How did the sketch come about? CK: The same way a lot of our sketches do. Sarah and I will just sit in a room on writing night and talk about anything

"LET'S WATCH WITH THE ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL" TO BE BROADCAST ON PHILLYCAM!

Along with the upcoming third season of Ann Arbor Community Television Access (CTN) "Let's Watch with the Ann Arbor Film Festival," Philadelphia Community Access Media, (PhillyCam) will broadcast all previous episodes. The upcoming season will lead up to the 56th AAFF in March of 2018 with interviews of film artists regional to Michigan and Northern Ohio, who will discuss their work with host Dana Denha. We are thrilled to reengage PhillyCam again and can not wait for the new season of "Let's Watch" to begin in December.

"LET'S WATCH WITH THE ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL" SEASON 3 COMING SOON!

We are pleased to announce that Ann Arbor's Community Television Network (CTN) will soon begin production on the third season of "Let's Watch With the Ann Arbor Film Festival," an interview series with regional AAFF filmmakers. The program will lead up to the 56th AAFF in March of 2018, and is a terrific opportunity for to learn about film artists as they discuss their work with host Dana Denha. Past interviewees include Heidi Kumao, Jack Cronin, Chris McNamara, Andrew Day, Andrea Eis, Scott Northup, Diane Cheklich, Sean Kenny, Frank Pahl, Peter Sparling, Julia Yezbick and Martin Thoburn. The series will be in production soon and will be available on CTN's Youtube channel in HD, so keep an e

AAFF BENTLEY ARCHIVIST MIKE SMITH VISITS FESTIVAL OFFICE!

Each Friday at the Festival offices, our intern team gathers to work together on the upcoming Festival, make plans and discuss any pressing matters. On October 13th, Mike Smith, the Johanna Meijer Magoon Principal Archivist for Michigan Historical Collections at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library, visited us to discuss the collections that he has overseen and personally created, including our very own Ann Arbor Film Festival archive as well as that of our founder George Manupelli. Mike described the archival and collection process and told many stories that revealed the Bentley’s significance in maintaining Michigan and American history. His visit gave the staff a unique h

AAFF DVD 10-PACK NOW AVAILABLE!

We are thrilled to present ten years of the Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD series, featuring award-winning films, now available as a single must-own collection. The AAFF DVD Ten-Pack gathers some of the most subversive and beautiful Festival entries from the 46th through the 55th AAFF. The collection is a true labor of love, so keep your eyes open for a holiday special, coming soon! Check it out on our online store!

THE FESTIVAL AND ME

A Word from our Executive Director It was the final week of art school when Amy Kravitz visited my film class to tell us how to submit our work to film festivals. She gave us a handout that included the Ann Arbor Film Festival, listed under my home state. I'd grown up just 40 miles away, but had never heard of it. Soon after, I found the Festival office in the back of Vicki's Wash and Wear Haircuts and met AAFF director Vicki Honeyman. When I asked how I could help, she handed me a stack of posters to put up. That milestone year, the Festival celebrated its 30th with a four-day conference. AAFF luminaries who took part included George Manupelli, Pat Oleszko, George Kuchar, Barbara Hammer, Ab

56TH AAFF SUBMISSION SCREENING NOW UNDERWAY!

The official 2017 screening season for the upcoming 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival is now underway! We welcome all those who signed up to be screeners with us this year to commence the viewing of your assigned films! Thank you to our friends at InfoReady, who designed and implemented our new online screening process. Screeners who have worked with us in years past have praised the new system. Long time screener Mark Hardin says that "the system is so easy to use and a real pleasure," while visual artist/screener Victor Arroyo said that "it goes without saying why Ann Arbor is such a staple in the festival circuit. These guidelines and the new screener platform are truly state of the art...I fe

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