We believe art and connecting people through film is essential now more than ever. The Ann Arbor Film Festival has been bending minds with experimental film since 1963, but this year, for the first time-ever we live-streamed the festival and bent over 16,000 minds from 50 countries!
When faced with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly changed course from holding our in-person event to hosting our event online in just 10 short days, keeping our community safe in the process. We saw an opportunity to provide the best moving-image art to our community and an even larger audience who, like us, were cooped up at home. More than that, we made it available for free, making it more accessible than ever before. We streamed over 150 experimental films and held live Q&As with the filmmakers and the AAFF community. Most importantly, at the end of the week, we conferred $22,500 in awards to the participating filmmakers.
We’re incredibly excited for the possibilities this year’s festival has opened up and now we’re asking for your support so we can continue our mission of being a platform for experimental and avant-garde filmmakers. Your contribution to the Ann Arbor Film Festival, large or small, makes a big difference in the Festival's ability to champion talented film artists and we want to be ready to come back next year bigger and better than ever!
We would be grateful if you would consider donating the amount of what a ticket ($12) or a festival pass ($150) would cost since the income from ticket sales was lost to us this year. If you donate $50 or more we will send you a limited-edition program book from the 58th AAFF! It contains detailed information about the short and feature films that were presented in competition, as well as information on the jurors and their programs.
"In an age when the bottom line seems to be eroding some of the soul of cinema, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is unique, and truly radical, in its celebration of film as an art form. The AAFF is a cultural treasure."
–Sam Green, director of Academy Award®-nominated The Weather Underground
"No words could properly express just how much your 58th festival transcended the physical obstacles this demonic COVID-19 pandemic blunted upon all of us, experimental artists. I was not only glued to my screen since Tuesday- watching one after another film that transported me away from my home space, but I was awakened to a monumental scale of works made from all around the planet."
-Joey Huertas, filmmaker