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Watch Martha Colburn: Rip it Up Online

While our originally planned Martha Colburn talk for the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival Penny Stamps Speaker Series was canceled, we are pleased to announce that you can now watch a presentation and films by animator Martha Colburn online, for free. The video is available for 10 days only (March 30 - April 8, 2020) and is password protected. Click here to watch This video requires the following password: colburn2020 Filmmaker, artist, and animator Martha Colburn’s films examine the complex dynamics of contemporary life, politics, and society. Colburn works for years on a single project, and her films result from intensive research and meticulously rendered stop-motion animations. Through photo

Additional Awards Programs & Winners Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that we are showing ALL of the films that received awards for the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Instead of just Awards 1 and Awards 2, there will be two additional awards screenings. Awards 3 will be streaming Sunday, March 29 at 7:45pm-10:30pm EDT. We are also making arrangements to show the three awarded feature films Monday, March 30 beginning at 4pm EDT. Without further ado, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce this year’s award-winning filmmakers selected by jurors, Osbert Parker, Lynne Sachs, and Lisa Steele. The 2020 awards competition presents $22,500 to filmmakers through mostly cash and some in-kind awards such as film stock, film proce

UPDATE: "Welcome To Commie High" to premiere online as a Special Fundraising Program of th

Welcome to Commie High will be available as a special pay-per-view program extension of the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival from March 30th – April 1st. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the AAFF to help recover lost ticket sales with the remaining funds helping to support distribution for the film. You can pre-order your "ticket" (rental) now before the premiere "window" opens at 10am on Monday, March 30th (it closes at 10am on Wednesday, April 1st): Each rental is $9.99 per household and will remain active for 48 hours. Click here to pre-order

Great American Takeout: Ann Arbor

We hope you’re enjoying the first-ever live-streamed Ann Arbor Film Festival. While you’re at home binging on the experimental films, why not treat yourself to a delicious meal? If you are in the Ann Arbor area and looking for take-out, you can support a few of our local sponsors: Savco Dominick’s RoosRoast TeaHaus Jerusalem Garden Wolverine State Brewing aMa Bistro Avalon Barry Bagels Cafe Zola Chow Eat El Harissa Fresh Forage Grange Kitchen and Bar Isalita People’s Food Co-op Spencer York Food and Drink Zingerman’s Silvio’s

2020 "Best Film Festival" Award

We are proud to announce that for the second year in a row, the Ann Arbor Film Festival has earned USAToday’s 10-Best Readers’ Choice competition for the Best Film Festival! This would not be possible without the support of our awesome AAFF community. To everyone who voted and to the entire AAFF community, we would like to thank you for your support and your efforts which helped us maintain our title. The Top 10 festivals were announced on 10Best: Ann Arbor Film Festival - Ann Arbor, Mich. Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Santa Barbara, Calif. Nevada City Film Festival - Nevada City, Calif. Austin Film Festival - Austin Washington West Film Festival - Reston, Va. Dances With Films

Win an AAFF T-Shirt!

Enter the giveaway to win a 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival t-shirt! How to enter: just share a photo of yourself wearing a t-shirt from a previous Ann Arbor Film Festival on Instagram, use #AAFFcontest and follow us @aafilmfest Offer ends Sunday, March 29 at 11:59pm EST. We will announce one lucky winner on Instagram on Wednesday, April 1. The winner will be selected at random. You must be 18 or older to participate. The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You must respond to the announcement within 5 days to claim your prize.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival First-Timer's Guide

For a first-timer, going to the Ann Arbor Film Festival can be puzzling, or even daunting. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself while viewing films that probably will never appear on HBO! This year everyone can join us online for our virtual film festival, for free! In anticipation of many potential newcomers to the Ann Arbor Film Festival, we are providing some tips to help orient those who have never seen experimental film before. Here are some tips for you, festival newcomer: Stay calm, it's just a movie. We've all been to the movies. Commercial movies have a stake in being understood, using plot, recognizable characters, and familiar structures to help viewers flow along. Films

How to Support the Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is committed to presenting the best experimental film, despite these challenging times. We have decided to live stream this year’s festival, and to further support our global film community, we will be offering this virtual festival free of charge! You can support the AAFF by participating in this groundbreaking event and you can find additional ways to show your support below: Watch the Live Stream next week and participate in the Q&As The 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) will be live streamed March 24-March 29, 2020! We made the decision to suspend all in-person events for the 58th AAFF due to growing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, and instead present

Live Stream the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival!

The 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) will be presented as a free live-streamed six-day event March 24-March 29, 2020. Due to growing health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we made the decision to suspend all in-person events for the 58th AAFF and instead present short and feature films in competition entirely online for the safety of our community. The online event will be streamed through Vimeo. Moderated live Q&As with filmmakers will be streamed following the film screenings in order to continue discourse between filmmakers and our audience. Jurors will fulfill their commitment of reviewing programmed films in competition in order to confer the $22,500 in awards. In order to m

All in-person events for the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) are suspended

Due to growing health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to suspend all in-person events for the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF), our six-day event that was set to happen March 24-March 29, 2020. We are committed to finding an alternative means to present the 58th AAFF online which honors the filmmakers’ rights and integrity and fulfills the mission of the festival. The 58th AAFF jurors will fulfill their commitment of reviewing programmed films in competition in order to confer the $22,500 in awards. When the circumstances allow, we will continue to create live viewing experiences for our community. We’re grateful for our team of sta

A Message from AAFF on the COVID-19 Virus

With the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival set to launch and the COVID-19 virus on the horizon, we want to assure you that we are staying updated about the issues, especially readiness concerns for gathering in public places. We are working in concert with the Michigan Theater and following the CDC, state, and local government recommended precautionary measures for minimizing the spread of the virus to ensure a healthy and safe festival week. For now, all systems are go and the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival will proceed as planned. Given the circumstances, AAFF is taking the following measures based on the CDC guidelines to ensure a healthy and safe festival week: 1) We’re coordinating with the Mi

Off The Screen! Salons and Receptions

Inside Out: Film as a Medium for the Exploration of Experiences of Mental Illness See our lineup of salons and receptions at the upcoming 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival. All the events listed are free and open to the public. Salon Sessions Film Art Forum: A dozen six-minute presentations by film artists WEDNESDAY | 3pm-5pm | North Quad Space 2435 In this Pecha Kucha-style event, twelve filmmakers and other festival guests present 20 slides for 20 seconds each, resulting in a dozen six-minute talks by film artists. The subject matter varies, with all presentations aiming to promote an in-depth exploration of cinema as an art form and to encourage further discussion that nurtures the AAFF commun

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