December 6, 2018

A Word from our Executive Director 

As the year draws to a close, it is customary to pause and remember who we are. It is helpful for us at the Ann Arbor Film Festival to take a moment and remind ourselves about the work that we do, the films that we see, and the connec...

November 13, 2018

A Word from Our Executive Director 

We are currently in the middle of reviewing the nearly 3,000 film submissions received this year. The film review process is at the very heart of what we do. The structure of the film festival was formed around the screening process,...

October 11, 2018

Hand-drawn by a fellow projectionist, this drawing was created to represent the late, great projectionist and teacher Peter Wilde, whose legacy lives on through the AAFF award given annually in Peter's name.

“In my longish life, I have known only one genius: Peter Wilde...

September 18, 2018

A Word from Our Executive Director

It’s nearly autumn in the northern hemisphere, with the equinox approaching sometime in the next week, depending on where you live. Here in Ann Arbor, school is back in session, and the festival office is buzzing with a full cadre of i...

August 15, 2018

The 57th season of the Ann Arbor Film Festival is open for submissions!

We are one of the oldest experimental film festivals in the world and we made it up as we went along. We led the way for many festivals who have come and gone, and inspired others who benefited from...

June 20, 2018

The Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival could be considered a sister to the Ann Arbor Film Festival for its dedication to presenting boundary-breaking film art from all over the world. Having recently traveled with AAFF board member Robin Sober to Hawick, Scotland,...

May 1, 2018

A Word from Our Executive Director

Thanks to the creative passions of the filmmakers, generous support of our patrons and sponsors, and unwavering dedication of our many fantastic volunteers, the best in experimental and avant-garde moving image art came to our communit...

February 14, 2018

A Word from our Executive Director

Dana Denha of Community Television Network recently hosted me on “Let's Watch With the Ann Arbor Film Festival,” now in its third season. Each 30-minute show features an interview with a regional filmmaker who has presented work at the...

January 16, 2018

A Word from our Executive Director

The AAFF came about through George Manupelli’s determination to celebrate avant-garde film art in the midwest and to embrace and encourage everybody in their endeavors to express themselves creatively through film. George planted that...

December 6, 2017

A Word from our Executive Director

In December our process of reviewing 3,000 film submissions draws to a close. In the end, just 3-4% of those films will make it to the silver screen in the main auditorium of the beautiful Michigan Theater. Elated by the volume of trem...

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