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56th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) – Call for Entries

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is opening the call for entries for its 56th event in July and invites filmmakers to enter their best work.

Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, etc.

The AAFF offers approximately $21,000 in cash and in-kind awards each year.

Ann Arbor Film Festival is open to all motion pictures and all genres that demonstrate a high regard for the moving image as an art form. Work previously submitted may not be re-entered.

Entries are accepted in one of two categories: short and feature length. Short films are 59 minutes and under in runtime. Feature films are 60 minutes or longer in runtime. Foreign entries should have English subtitles.

Entries are accepted in the following formats: Internet Link (URL) and 16mm. The festival organizers DO NOT accept DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS or video data files for screening purposes.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded in 1963. The event for 2018 is scheduled for 20-25 March, at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ann Arbor Film Festival 2018 Entry Fees

  • Early: 1–31 July, 2017 ($30 Short/$40 Feature)
  • Official: 1–31 August, 2017 ($45 Short/$55 Feature)
  • Late: 1–30 September, 2017 ($60 Short/$70 Feature)