AAFF NEWS: SPOTLIGHT ON JENNIFER REEDER; AAFF FILMMAKERS AT THE FLAHERTY; SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE 10/1

September 16, 2014

JENNIFER REEDER: "PEOPLE NEED ART!"

 

Check out this new video short featuring AAFF award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Reeder. Her film A Million Miles Away won the Eileen Maitland Award at the recent 52nd Festival. This annual award recognizes the film that best addresses women's issues or emphasizes female voices, and in this case vocalization is unquestionably prominent. The film also won the ZONTA Prize at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, was nominated for a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and won the Audience Award for Best Female Director at Vienna Independent Shorts. We look forward to Reeder's new film Blood Below the Skin, which is currently in production. AAFF videographer Jonathan Tyman interviewed Reeder in our new video. It was edited by our intern Stephanie Kulmaczewski.

AAFF ENDOWMENT FINDS HOME AT AAACF

 

We are pleased to welcome the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation as our new partner for the AAFF Endowment Fund. The Community Foundation manages assets and charitable funds on behalf of the Ann Arbor community. Its first endowed fund was established in the very same year as the first Ann Arbor Film Festival-- 1963-- and we are proud to participate officially in this enduring institution.

 

With a wholehearted thank you, we acknowledge our donors to the AAFF Endowment Fund: Peter and Rita Heydon, Constance Crump and Jay Simrod, Bruce Baker and Genie Wolfson, Myrna Rugg and Rick Cronn, and David and Richard DeVarti. Tremendous thanks also go to Brian Weisman at Columbia Asset Management for housing our fund as it accumulated enough capital to be received by the AAACF.

                                                            

Do you have a passion for our world-class cultural institution? Help insure our future success for years to come by joining forces with our exceptional endowment champions. Bequests are especially encouraged!

 

Please contact leslie@aafilmfest.org to learn how you can help.

NYC FLAHERTY SERIES TO SPOTLIGHT AAFF FILMMAKERS

 

Four artists who have been featured in the Ann Arbor Film Festival will be included in the Flaherty Film Seminar NYC Fall Series. Works by Rebecca Baron (34th, 37th, 45th, 47th), Doug Goodwin (47th & 49th), Hope Tucker (40th, 41st, 50th, 51st, and 52nd), and Mati Diop (49th & 52nd) were chosen by guest curators David Dinnell, AAFF Program Director, and Ted Kennedy, AAFF Board Member. The Flaherty Film Seminar was established in 1955 and is dedicated to exploring the potential of the moving image. This six-program series, "Systems and Layers," will take place every other week at Anthology Film Archives from October 6th through December 15th. Other artists in the series include renowned Russian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, photographer Susan Meiselas, filmmaker Michael Klier and others.

 

For more information: flahertyseminar.org/fall-2014-flaherty

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Official Deadline:  October 1, 2014 - $40 Shorts / $50 Features

Late Deadline: November 1, 2014 - $50 Shorts / $60 Features

 

We are currently accepting submissions in the following formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Internet Link (URL) and 16mm. Filmmakers will be notified regarding acceptance by approximately February 13, 2015 via the email address provided at the time of submission.

 

The AAFF provides at least $20,000 in cash and film stock/services 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 53rd AAFF will take place March 24 – 29, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI.

 

Please visit aafilmfest.org/festival/submit for more information.

 

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