57th AAFF Awards!

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce this year’s award-winning filmmakers selected by this year’s jurors, Bryan Konefsky, Akosua Adoma Owusu, and Stacey Steers. The 2019 awards competition presents $22,500 to filmmakers through cash and in-kind awards such as film stock, film processing, camera equipment, and digital scanning services. An award from the AAFF confers prestige and financial support; it can also qualify filmmakers for an Oscar® nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the short film category. Qualifying awards include the Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival, the Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film, the Lawrence Kasdan Award for Bes

The Votes Are In.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is excited to announce a No. 1 ranking in the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for Best Film Festival! The Top 10 festivals were announced today on 10Best: Ann Arbor Film Festival Atlanta Film Festival Chicago International Film Festival American Black Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival Chelsea Film Festival Seattle International Film Festival Sonoma International Film Festival True/False Film Fest Tribeca Film Festival AAFF was one of 19 contenders nominated by a panel of experts, including editors from USA TODAY, editors from, expert contributors, and sources from these media outlets and other Gannett propertie

Fierce Women

Still from Feature in Competition <3 by LNZ. This film will be shown on Saturday, March 30 ,at 1 pm in the Michigan Theater Screening Room. The Ann Arbor Film Festival is excited to feature films that focus on fierce women in the variety of programming offered at the 57th festival. Not only do these films highlight strong female-driven stories, but they are all works by female filmmakers! Cheri Gaulke’s film Gloria’s Call will be shown as a part of Films in Competition 8 on Friday, March 29 at 7:15 pm in the Michigan Theater Main Auditorium. From the cafés of Paris to the mountaintops of Samiland, a scholar's life is forever changed through her friendships with the women artists of Surrealis

Black Voices

Ayo Akingbade’s short film Tower XYZ is part of curator Amir George’s special program Remnants of a Dream on Saturday at 3pm. The 57th AAFF is pleased to present many special programs that explore and celebrate black history. On Friday, March 29, at 1pm in the Michigan Theater Screening Room, festival juror Akosua Adoma Owusu will present Triple Consciousness: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu. Owusu’s documentary essay and experimental film work makes varied use of archival material, direct animation, and staged scenes as it examines the construction of historical memory and cultural identity. Her films address a collision of identities – and the triple consciousness, or third identity – of the A

57 AAFF Animation Highlights

still from Silver Seeds by Kim Collmer The Ann Arbor Film Festival appreciates and celebrates all different styles of experimental filmmaking and we are excited to offer some great animation selections at the 57th AAFF! A fan-favorite night of the festival returns again this year on Friday, March 29, with Films in Competition 9, or Animation Night, at 9:15 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Michigan Theater (603 East Liberty Street). This program features 14 unique animated films exploring different topics and themes. Learn more about the films to be featured on Animation Night! still from Edge of Alchemy by Stacey Steers In addition to Animation Night, the juror presentation Stacey Steers:

Sneak Preview

still from Lukas Berger’s Circus Movements With the 57th festival approaching, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is excited to share a sneak preview of nearly 20 films that will be shown at the festival! Check out the sneak preview here to get a glimpse of some of the films at the 57th AAFF.

Dressing Up + Down

In connection with the Ann Arbor Film Festival, students from U-M’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design have created costumes inspired by the short film Quasi at the Quackadero, a widely respected work of animation made in 1975 by artist Sally Cruikshank, who has screened work at the AAFF about a half-dozen times. The students are part of the wearable art class Dressing Up + Down, which leads them to examine the transformative and communicative powers of garments and costumes. Taught by Professor Rebekah Modrak, the course prompts students to respond to culture, design, fashion, architecture, performance, and aspects of wearable art. The class emphasizes experimentation, the development

Watch a Festival Trailer!

Huge thanks to all of the film artists who submitted 30-second and 60-second festival trailers for the 57th festival! For today, check out the one by artist and filmmaker James Snazell, who produces live cinema performances and installations. You can watch Snazell's 50-second AAFF trailer here. Snazell’s work explores the development of analog film and film emulsion. He is a senior lecturer in animation and film at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England. You can catch Snazell during AAFF's 57th festival week at two free Off the Screen! AAFF events: -An artist roundtable at the North Quad Space 2435 on Wednesday, March 27, 10am-12noon -A live cinema Milk Drops 2 performance at the Ann Arbo



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