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Fired Up for Fifty - 50FORWARD

  • 50FORWARD Auction Launches

  • Final Deadline 11/3 - 50th AAFF Call for Entries

  • 50th AAFF: Retrospective Screening #3 - David Gatten

  • Welcome 50th AAFF Sponsors


AAFF Launches 50FORWARD Campaign The Ann Arbor Film Festival has championed independent, experimental filmmakers and advanced the art form of film for 50 years. Now we ask you to help us ensure a healthy future for the AAFF by participating in 50FORWARD. What is 50FORWARD, you ask? It's a public giving campaign to sustain the AAFF into the future by generating more than $50,000 by the start of the 50th Festival. This includes an auction, taking place online and during the festival, with rare and remarkable memorabilia donated by filmmakers who care about the future of the AAF. 50FORWARD is also a celebration of the AAFF through memorable stories, such as Barbara Hammer's video below.


50FORWARD Auction - Items from Hammer and Manupelli Support the 50th AAFF and our 50FORWARD campaign by snapping up some rare and remarkable memorabilia through our online auction via eBay Giving Works. Our online auction offers items for bid from now through the 50th AAFF, at which point we will also present a return of the popular silent auction at the Michigan Theater. To launch the 50FORWARD Auction, we are offering a beautiful, signed Nitrate Kisses poster from Barbara Hammer and an autographed copy of AAFF founder George Manupelli'sDr. Chicago film trilogy on DVD. All purchases made at either auction directly support the AAFF and 50FORWARD. Check it out now!


Final 50th Call for Entries Deadline: November 3rd The final deadline for the 50th AAFF Call for Entries is Thursday, November 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 by George Manupelli


AAFF 50th: Retrospective Screening #3 - David Gatten Please join us as filmmaker David Gatten (Boulder, CO) selects and introduces influential films from AAFF’s exhibition history. Gatten’s been attending AAFF for more than two decades as a filmmaker, visiting professor and 2007 festival juror. When: November 30th @ 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:

Still from "If You Stand with Your Back to the Slowing of the Speed of Light in Water"" (16mm, 1997) by Julie Murray.


Welcome 50th AAFF Sponsors Thank you to the sponsors who have already signed on in support of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival: The Institute for the Humanities at U of M, Ann Arbor Area Visitor & Convention Bureau, Zingerman's Community of Businesses, and 37signals. Our generous and delicious in-kind food sponsors: eat catering and chef services, Sava's State Street Cafe, Jerusalem Garden and Silvio's Organic Pizza. Our fantastic beverage providers: Roos Roast Coffee, Arbor Teas, L. Mawby Fine Sparkling Wines and Arbor Brewing Company. And our visual, creative partners: Elevated Works, Letterform and pot & box. Thank you for all your support of our creative, community-focused efforts! Interested in sponsoring the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival? Contact us at

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