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The six-day festival yearly presents nearly 40 programs, screening upwards of 180 films—of all lengths and genres—from more than 20 countries. The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) accepts short and feature-length animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative films and music videos. In addition to screenings, the AAFF also presents installations, performance-based works, and educational panels and presentations, both at the Michigan Theater and in event spaces around town. The film submission process for the 58th film festival in 2020 will begin on July 1, 2019.


The AAFF offers approximately $20,000 in both cash and in-kind awards each year. For a list of award winners from the 56th AAFF, click here.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is open to film and video submissions that demonstrate a high regard for the moving image as an art form, no matter the genre. Work previously submitted may not be re-entered. Short and feature-length entries are accepted. Short films run no longer than 59 minutes. Feature films run 60 minutes or more. Foreign entries should have English subtitles.


Entries must be submitted  in the following formats: Internet link (URL) and 16mm. We do not accept DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS, or video data files for screening purposes.

Digital films are submitted one of two ways:​

- Through AAFF's InfoReady entry form

- Through FilmFreeway

If you are submitting a 16mm print for consideration please email for shipping advice.

One AAFF entry form or FilmFreeway entry is required per film. 

Be sure to review the information carefully in your submission, as this material will be in the program book and in our promotional materials.


PO Box 8232 Ann Arbor, MI 48107

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Ann Arbor Film Festival 

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