Mark your calendars for #GivingTuesdayNow happening on May 5! GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform communities in response to COVID-19. When faced with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly moved our event online, for free because we wanted to provide the best moving-image art to our community who, like us, are cooped up at home. While the income from ticket sales was lost to us this year, we’re still excited about what this year’s festival has accomplished and the opportunities it has presented. Thank you for being a part of this amazing community! We’re now asking for your support so we can continue our


Still from Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You Get your tickets for Why Can't I Be Me? Around You available May 6 - June 9 We’re once again partnering with The Michigan Theater for our monthly screening series, AAFF PRESENTS. For the next six months, we’ll be presenting online screenings of feature films that were shown during the 58th AAFF. The films are $12 to rent or free for AAFF members (you can become one here). You must watch within 30 days of purchase and finish within 48 hours of starting the film. Our first screening starting on May 6 will be Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You by Harrod Blank which won the \aut\ FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film at the 58th AAFF. The film is centered on Albuquer

Happy Earth Day!

Thank you to everyone who tuned in for the live stream of the 58th AAFF. Over 16,000 livestreams from 50 countries came together to make the festival a success! We hope our global community is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. Check out the countries everyone tuned in from below (from most viewers to least): United States Canada United Kingdom Turkey Mexico Puerto Rico Germany Hong Kong Japan France Republic of Korea Netherlands Ireland Spain Italy Austria Australia Russia Portugal Poland Thailand Brazil Belgium Argentina Slovenia Serbia Colombia Latvia Ukraine Taiwan Israel Sweden Switzerland Croatia Hungary Czech Republic Denmark Finland Norway India Greece Chile Phili

What We Saw: 58th AAFF

Usually, during festival week we would ask you to write down what you observe, onscreen and off, on a postcard. You would then leave your card in a box to be photographed and added to an ongoing slideshow in The Michigan Theater lobby. The project, “What We Saw” is meant to be an experimental documentary made possible by you: the savvy, diverse, and experimental-film-loving AAFF community. In a lot of ways “What We Saw” is similar to the Vimeo comment section of the 58th AAFF Live Stream: A place for you, the audience to tell us about what you saw, experienced and felt as you watched experimental films throughout festival week. Conversely, it was a place for fellow viewers to react and respo

Support Experimental Film & Filmmakers by Donating to AAFF's GoFundMe

You can visit our GoFundMe page here. Thank you to our community of filmmakers and supporters! We believe art and connecting people through film is essential now more than ever. The Ann Arbor Film Festival has been bending minds with experimental film since 1963, but this year, for the first time-ever we live-streamed the festival and bent over 16,000 minds from 50 countries! When faced with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly changed course from holding our in-person event to hosting our event online in just 10 short days, keeping our community safe in the process. We saw an opportunity to provide the best moving-image art to our community and an even larger audience who,

Reflections on the 58th AAFF from Festival Director, Leslie Raymond

Top row from left to right: Lynne Sachs and Leslie Raymond, Bottom row: Lisa Steele and Osbert Parker No words could properly express just how much your 58th festival transcended the physical obstacles this demonic COVID-19 pandemic blunted upon all of us experimental artists. I was not only glued to my screen since Tuesday- watching one after another film that transported me away from my home space, but I was awakened to a monumental scale of works made from all around the planet. –Joey Huertas, filmmaker Twelve days before the opening night of the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the governor of Michigan closed the schools and restricted public gatherings. Up until that point we had been foll

T-Shirt Giveaway Winner

The results of our t-shirt giveaway are now in! To win a 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival t-shirt you just had to share a photo of yourself wearing a t-shirt from a previous Ann Arbor Film Festival on Instagram between March 22-March 29, 2020, use #AAFFcontest and follow us on Instagram @aafilmfest And the lucky winner is….Paul Sutherland! Paul shared a photo of himself in a t-shirt from the 55th AAFF, but he’s actually attended fourteen festivals over the years! Not only has Paul been an attendee, but he’s also one of our star volunteers. During festival week, he normally would be shooting interviews with visiting filmmakers as well as capturing footage and the energy of AAFF throughout Ann Arb

58th AAFF Survey

Thank you to everyone who tuned in this week for the first virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival! Your support helps ensure that we can keep delivering the best experimental film. We hope you'll take a few moments to fill out this survey. We want to hear your feedback so we can keep improving your festival experience. Plus, you will be entered to win a 57th AAFF DVD!

A Great Investment For Your School: AAFF DVDs

Support the AAFF by adding our DVD 10-pack to your library's collection! Twelve DVD volumes with award-winning works are available for sale to educational institutions. The 10-Pack represents a rich decade of experimental film history. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences, which you can now bring to your school or library. Our mission is to support bold, visionary filmmakers, advance the art form of film and new media, and engage communities. The festival serves as one of a handful of Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the United States, and is a 501(c)(3) non-pr



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