Monthly Archives: March 2021

Member Spotlight: Ann Arbor Film Festival

AAFF at a glance:

Their 59th edition kicks off virtually next week! For the second year, AAFF will exhibit their films online, with expanded cinema, salons, performances, and intermedia art experiences available both virtually and in-person (safely!) throughout downtown Ann Arbor.

  • For the first time this year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival will be paying filmmakers to show their films in competition.
  • More than 2,000 films were submitted to this year’s festival, from 100 countries.
  • AAFF is renowned for introducing the world to pioneering work, including the early films of Kenneth Anger, Brian DePalma, Devo, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Yoko Ono, Gus Van Sant, Agnes Varda, and Andy Warhol

In a typical, non-COVID year, the festival welcomes more than 10,000 ticket holders over their 6 day, 40 program festival, with many regional festivalgoers in attendance. Visiting filmmakers are invited and housed by locals to give visitors a true Ann Arbor experience.

This year, AAFF announced a pledge to pay all artists showing their films at the 59th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival. Along with this pledge, AAFF has committed to providing discounted submission fees to BIPOC filmmakers.

“We aim to do all that we can to tip the scales towards equity and fairness for all.” – Executive Director Leslie Raymond.

You can explore the full program of mind-bending films here.

2021 Film Festival Leadership Lab Now Accepting Applications!

The Film Festival Leadership Lab (FFLL), a partnership between the Film Festival Alliance and Full Spectrum Features, was created to cultivate a more diverse, informed group of film industry decision-makers, connecting a network of emerging leaders in a field that is often siloed.

Between the systemic inequities of the film industry and the fraught mechanics of nonprofit operations, there are many obstacles for folks who are committed to a career in independent film exhibition. The Lab seeks to offer emerging industry professionals opportunity, education, and connection.

With support from Stephen Sloan, founder of the Humane Leadership Institute (HLI) and board member of the Ashland Independent Film Festival, the FFLL curriculum was designed to equip participants with the techniques and core values of the HLI: fair strength, generative care, and wise balance.

Learn more and apply here.