On Monday, July 1, the Ann Arbor Film Festival will open its call for entries for the upcoming 58th festival. Though the festival takes place in late March (March 24–29, 2020), this opening of submission activity in July marks the true beginning of festival planning. The call will be open through September 30, 2019, with an early submissions window in the month of July, regular submissions in August, and late entries accepted throughout September.
If the festival has learned anything in its 58 years, it is to stay curious about whatever may come its way. This includes not only the wonderful films that are submitted each year, but also the tools that are used to review each submission.
This year the AAFF is pleased to announce a new partnership with a proven submissions platform: FilmFreeway. For those not familiar with this platform, “FilmFreeway is the world's No.1 submission site across all top metrics, including: global web traffic, total festivals, Oscar/BAFTA-accredited festivals, and daily active users,” according to their website. “More than 800,000 filmmakers, writers, and artists use FilmFreeway to submit to over 8,000 of the world’s best film festivals and contests (including 80+ Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festivals).”
The AAFF feels confident that, in pairing with such a presence in the film community, the festival will continue to receive extraordinary work to review for potential inclusion. We are excited for all the possibilities this opportunity will bring.
As always, filmmakers may also submit directly through the festival website. For this, we use a platform developed by our Ann Arbor–based partners, Festivant by InfoReady. Festivant is helping the festival prepare not only for the call for entries, but also for the film-reviewing process, which will begin soon after submissions are open. We look forward to using more of the site’s capabilities to create a better experience for our film-reviewing cadre than ever before.
For more information on how to submit work to the Ann Arbor Film Festival, please visit our web page. We look forward to the beginning of the submission season.