Ann Arbor, Michigan - USA
March 21 to 26, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the 55th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF), an Academy-qualifying event that is one of the most durable and longest-running film festivals in North America. AAFF encourages cinematic talents to cross boundaries, shatter expectations, and experiment with new storytelling concepts and techniques. Each year AAFF screens more than 100 short films, with great works by students and emerging makers alongside films by accomplished artists.
AAFF proudly provides at least $20,000 USD in cash and film stock to more than 20 filmmakers. The awards are generously supported by Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Moore, Ken Burns, Kodak and many others that are ardently committed to the success of AAFF filmmakers. Additionally, all participating filmmakers at AAFF enjoy stellar hospitality, including transport from the airport, host accommodations, and full VIP access to filmmaker dinners, after-parties, and other perks designed to enhance industry networking opportunities.
Screenings are just the beginning at AAFF, special exhibitions and installations draw special attention for visitors. Last year AAFF commissioned and premiered an original score by electronic hip-hop artist Flying Lotus performing live onstage to Harry Smith's avant-garde animated masterpiece Heaven & Earth Magic . AAFF creates an engaging atmosphere for cinema fans, artists and industry leaders alike for a spectacular week-long event. Oscar-nominated director Sam Green shares, "In an age when the bottom line seems to 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."
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
AAFF is committed to the support of bold, visionary, independent filmmakers; to the advancement of film and new media; and to the engagement of communities with remarkable cinematic experiences.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
AAFF draws from a rich legacy of successful alumni and has screened the early works of George Lucas, Gus Van Sant, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Chick Strand, Barbara Hammer, and even the new wave band Devo. The Festival's home is at the historic Michigan Theater, a 1920s era movie palace with live organ performances prior to screenings in the 1,700 seat main auditorium. Taking place in brisk spring, attendees enjoy locally owned restaurants, unique shops, and a walkable downtown all matched with a warm, welcoming Michigan charm.
Ann Arbor has nine categories open for submissions including Experimental, Narrative, Animation, Documentary, and Music Video - don't wait, qualify your project today!