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Official Call for Entries Deadline 10/3

  • AAFF Launches Archive with UM Bentley

  • AAFF 50th: Retrospective #2 - Mark Toscano

  • Final Chance for Special Edition DVD Collection Volume 3

Official Call for Entries Deadline: October 3rd The official deadline for the 50th AAFF call for entries is Monday, October 3rd (postmarked). We are seeking recent independent and experimental works that advance the art form of film. All genres, lengths, styles and formats, including 16mm, 35mm, Super-8mm, video and HD video are considered.

Artwork: George Manupelli

For more information on submissions, please visit our website.


AAFF Honors 50 Years with Special Collection at UM Bentley Library The Ann Arbor Film Festival is proud to announce the launch of a special collection to preserve the Festival’s 50-year history at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library.

The collection will preserve rare and important materials from the Festival, including program guides and posters starting in 1963, the Festival’s inaugural year. The Bentley collection will enable scholars to conduct research and allow for public access. The AAFF is hosting a sneak preview reception at the Bentley Historical Library on October 13, 2011 from 6 – 8pm. Light fare and sparkling wine will be provided at this invitation-only celebration for supporters of the Festival, which includes all Festival members.

The AAFF collection will open to the public on November 1, 2011.


AAFF 50th: Retrospective Screening #2 Mark Toscano, film preservationist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will curate a selection of rare and influential films from the Ann Arbor Film Festival's 50 years of exhibition, including recently restored works from the Academy Film Archive.

Toscano has restored films by Stan Brakhage, Chick Strand, Robert Nelson, Will Hindle, Pat O' Neill, Morgan Fisher and many, many more. He has curated programs for REDCAT (Los Angeles), The Museum of the Moving Image (NY), The International Film Festival Rotterdam among others. He keeps a blog on the particular challenges of preserving and restoring artists' film, titled Preservation Insanity.

When: October 20th @ 7:30pm Where: Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 for students, seniors and Michigan Theater members; $5 AAFF members Advanced tickets are recommended:


Final Chance for Special Edition DVD Collection Volume 3

The AAFF DVD Collection Volume 3 includes best of 48th AAFF award-winner, Beauty Plus Pity by Duke and Battersby; Travelling Fields by Inger Lise Hansen, Please Say Something by David OReilly, Black Rain by Semiconductor and five other great works. Special edition Volume 3 DVDs come in a screen-printed matteboard case and include a set of five postcards with original artwork by filmmakers Martha Colburn, Lewis Klahr, Julie Murray, Michael Robinson and Deborah Stratman. Only a few of these special edition DVDs are left, so don't miss your chance!

To purchase Volume 3 or any of the AAFF DVD collections and all other things AAFF, please visit our store.

The AAFF collection will open to the public on November 1, 2011.

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