Tickets now on sale for 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival
ANN ARBOR – For the second year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival will take place online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now in its 59th year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental film festival in North America. This year, the festival will run from March 23-28 and will feature over 100 films in competition. Tickets for individual events start at $2, but the suggested price is $12 to help support the festival. AdThree levels of festival passes give viewers varying access to programming.
Ann Arbor Film Festival to start paying filmmakers who show work at competitions
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Filmmakers showing their films at this year’s 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival can now expect to be paid for their art. On Tuesday, the film festival organization announced it will begin paying artists to show their films at competitions, starting with its upcoming festival in March. “Artists pour money, time, energy, heart, and soul into their work, and are usually the last to see compensation. Here’s hoping my contribution spurs others to join this movement, recognizing and rewarding the work of artists who enhance our lives in immeasurable ways.”The 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival will run from March 23-28, 2021. The festival was founded in 1963 and has since become the oldest independent and avant-garde film festival in North America.
Ann Arbor Distilling Company introduces new collaborative cocktails with local organizations
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Get into the spirit of giving with Ann Arbor Distilling Company’s new canned cocktails. Here’s how it works:Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ele’s Place and Ann Arbor Film Festival each have their own unique drink. Mindbender was created with the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which will host its annual experimental film festival in March. (Ann Arbor Distilling Company)As of now, Ann Arbor Distilling Company plans to offer the cocktails through the holiday season, according to Fox. Order a four-pack (or two) of the new cocktails on the Ann Arbor Distilling Company website.
Ann Arbor Film Festival extends call for entries for 59th season
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Film Festival announced it has extended its call for entries for the 59th festival until Oct. 15. In order to welcome more diverse voices to its lineup, the festival is offering a $20 submission fee discount for BIPOC filmmakers -- the same discount it offers its alumni. According to its website, AAFF seeks films and videos that “demonstrate a high regard for the moving image as an experimental art form, no matter the genre." Work must have been completed within the last three years, and works in progress are juried in the same pool as other entries. Feature submissions are $70 per film and shorts submissions are $60 per film.
Ann Arbor Film Festival to host drive-in movie night Sept. 30
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Film Festival will be hosting a drive-in movie night on Sept. 30 featuring more than 10 of the best avant-garde and experimental films from its 58th season. Tickets are $25 per car and must be purchased online in advance. The event will take place in Weber’s parking lot at 3050 Jackson Rd. The lot will open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.AAFF Drive-In tickets have already sold out for Thursday, October 1 🚗We've decided to add another date and present the same program on Wednesday, September 30! Get yours soon: https://t.co/AAAZkwjQDU pic.twitter.com/YlQ0wKQcsk — Ann Arbor Film Festival (@AAFilmFest) September 22, 2020For program details and to purchase tickets, visit aafilmfest.org/drive-in.
Ann Arbor Film Festival opens call for entries for 2021 season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor Film Festival will open its call for entries for its 59th annual festival on July 1. Every year the Ann Arbor Film Festival offers around $22,500 cash and in-kind awards to filmmakers. An AAFF award can qualify filmmakers for an Oscar nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the short film category. Heres what you need to know:The film festival currently accepts feature films and short films. Features must be 60 minutes or longer while short films must be 59 minutes or less.
U-M, Ann Arbor businesses, organizations observe Blackout Tuesday
Individuals and businesses alike are taking to social media posting blackout images, some plain and some with text, as a show of unity with the black community. Several local organizations, businesses and departments at the University of Michigan have posted online in solidarity with Blackout Tuesday. #BlackOutTuesday pic.twitter.com/qOkBpuWO3e Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) June 2, 2020The Ann Arbor Film Festival stands in solidarity with our filmmakers, artists, audience members, and everyone protesting against police brutality and the injustices against the Black community. pic.twitter.com/ZnpXJSN3cT Ann Arbor Film Festival (@AAFilmFest) June 2, 2020Destination Ann Arbor stands in solidarity against discrimination, racism, and violence. #blackouttuesday pic.twitter.com/hebJrSPRPl Destination Ann Arbor (@AnnArbor) June 2, 2020Related reading:
Ann Arbor Film Festival to kick off Pride Month with virtual happy hour June 4
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor Film Festival will celebrate Pride Month by hosting a virtual happy hour at 7 p.m. on June 4. Taking place through Zoom, the virtual happy hour will feature Rusty Tidenberg, subject of the documentary Why Cant I Be Me? Around You focuses on the eight years of Tidenbergs life after she comes out to her family and friends. Leslie Raymond, director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Martin Contreras and Keith Orr, former owners of \aut\ Bar will host the celebration. The documentary won the \aut\ FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film at this years virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Ann Arbor Film Festival offering discounted passes through Dec. 31
ANN ARBOR – For the first time ever, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is selling passes before March. Get $10 off festival or weekend passes through the end of the year. The 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival runs March 24-29, 2020. General admission Festival Pass pricing:Through Dec. 31: $115 per passJan. 1 through Feb. 29: $125 per passMarch 1-29 (rush pricing): $150 per passThe Festival Pass includes entry to the Opening Night Reception and all films. Weekend Pass (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) general admission pricing:Through Dec. 31: $65 per passJan. 1 through Feb. 29: $75 per passMarch 1-29 (rush pricing): $85 per passPasses will be available for pickup at the Michigan Theater on March 24.
Ann Arbor's new police chief coming; ground broken for new development; Art Fair is almost here
I hope you had a fun Fourth of July in Ann Arbor. - Meredith (@meredith_A4)What's been happening: Ann Arbor is about to get a new police chief. (A4)Fun to know: The 60th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair is around the corner. Here are 10 shops in the Ann Arbor area serving up delicious cold treats. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.