Fundraiser | 5:30 – 7pm


Enjoy signature cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres as you raise a glass to emeritus festival manager Woody Sempliner, the guest of honor. Your ticket to the fundraiser includes admission to the Opening Night Party and a reserved seat at the 8:15pm screening of Films in Competition 1. To purchase your ticket, please visit:


Opening Night Party | 6:30 – 8pm

Michigan Theater Grand Foyer

Celebrate the first night of the festival with a live DJ set by Kayla Hensley (Khlonez); an open bar serving Chloe Wines, beer from O&W, and craft cocktails created and served by Nightcap using Beam Suntory spirits; plus a mouth-watering array of savories and desserts from Café Zola, Chow, eat, El Harissa, Grange, the Standard Bistro and Larder, TeaHaus, and Zingerman’s. Your party ticket includes admission to Films in Competition 1 at 8:15pm.


Films in Competition 1 | 8:15pm

Michigan Theater Main Auditorium

The festival kickoff screening of experimental, documentary, and animated films features a block party, a cross, a journey through time and space, a shrinking landscape, a new housing development in East London, a sleeping crowd that needs to dream, a lost ancient book, a call and response, an army of dancing objects, a reckless swoop, and a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.

Afterparty at HopCat | 10pm – 12am

For more information visit our Afterparties schedule.

Please click here for information on tickets and pricing. 


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Ann Arbor Film Festival 

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