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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.