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50th AAFF Call for Entries - Now Open

  • Traveling Tour Launches for 49th AAFF

  • AAFF Founder George Manupelli - Video


50th AAFF Call for Entries - Now Open

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 50th season. We are seeking recent independent and experimental works (films completed no earlier than 2010) that advance the art form of film. We consider all genres, lengths, styles and formats, including 16mm, 35mm, Super-8mm, video and HD video.

Artwork: George Manupelli

The 50th AAFF will provide at least $18,000 in cash awards to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers. The 50th Festival takes place March 27 - April 1, 2012 in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

Submission Deadlines:

Early: Aug. 15th $30 Shorts / $40 Features

Official: Oct. 3rd $40 Shorts / $50 Features

Late: Nov. 3rd $50 Shorts / $60 Features

For more information regarding submissions please visit our website.


49th AAFF Traveling Tour Launches

The AAFF pioneered the traveling film festival concept in 1964 and each year sends programs of short films from its current season on tour across the U.S. and beyond. This year's tour anticipates screening in more than 40 cities.

The 49th AAFF Tour features 24 international films presented across three different programs, including one full line-up on 16mm. Films featured include Natasha Mendonca's Jan Villa (AAFF Best of Festival), Fern Silva's In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails (AAFF Best Experimental), and The Florestine Collection, a film by Helen Hill, completed by Paul Gailiunas.

The Tour launches July 31st in Glen Arbor, Michigan, followed by a screening of the 16mm program on August 7th at the Los Angeles Filmforum. Visit the AAFF Tour calendar throughout the summer to see when we're coming to a town near you. Interested in bringing the 49th AAFF Traveling Tour to your city? Please contact


George Manupelli: An Unauthorized History

AAFF Founder George Manupelli provided the artwork for the 50th festival's call for entries (pictured above). Manupelli particpated in the 47th festival with a compelling talk at the Penny W. Stamps distinguished speaker series.

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