Call for Entries

for 58th AAFF


Film submissions are being accepted from July 1 through October 9, 2019
for potential inclusion in the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
The festival will take place March 24–29, 2020.

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 one of the following formats: Internet link (URL) or 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 guidance regarding shipping.

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 included in the program book and in the festival's promotional materials. Past program books are here for your reference.

Festival Awards

The AAFF offers approximately $22,500 in both cash and in-kind awards each year. In addition to conferring prestige and financial support, an AAFF award can also qualify filmmakers for an Oscar® nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the short film category. Qualifying AAFF awards include the Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival, the Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film, the Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative, and Best Experimental Film. To find out which films were recognized with festival awards at the 57th AAFF in 2019, click here.

Submission Fees

Features (60 minutes and longer)


Early-bird (July): $40 USD

Regular (August): $55 USD

Late (September): $70 USD

Shorts (59 minutes and shorter)


Early-bird (July): $30 USD

Regular (August): $45 USD

Late (September): $60 USD

About the AAFF

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.

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