Ann Arbor Film Festival extends call for entries through Oct. 15

Screening at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. (Ann Arbor Film Festival)

ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Film Festival announced on Friday it is extending its call for entries through Oct. 15.

Originally set to expire on Sept. 30, organizers hope the move will encourage more filmmakers to submit their work to the longest-running experimental film festival in North America.

“We see such a high amount of creativity come through the doors during our call for entries period,” AAFF director Leslie Raymond said in a release. “We are honored to continue providing a platform to share the best film art.”

Since July 1, AAFF has received more than 2,300 film submissions. More than half those entries have been from 88 foreign countries, with filmmakers from Australia, Austria, China, Germany, India, Iran, Korea and Switzerland submitting more than 25 films per country.

The festival is searching for “films of all genres that utilize the moving image in an experimental art form.”

For the festival, AAFF selects 100-150 features and shorts to exhibit in the competition portion. Thanks to the festival’s Pay Artists initiative which launched in March, all filmmakers accepted to the festival will be paid to show their work.

Festival winners receive approximately $22,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Submission fees for short films are $60 and $70 for features.

The 2022 festival will run March 22-27.

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