56th Annual

Ann Arbor Film Festival

March 20, 2018 to March 25, 2018

 
Category

Documentary (Feature)

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
August 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Regular Deadline
September 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Late Deadline
September 30, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately February 1, 2018

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 60 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after January 1, 2015

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
Film Gauge
  16mm

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  DCP
Film Gauge
  16mm
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design
Given for excellence and originality in sound design, this award is provided by Leon Speakers.   
Sponsor:Leon Speakers
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Prix DeVarti Award for Funniest Film
Awarded to the film likely to create the most laughs in the festival. This prize honors the 40-year friendship between Dominick's pub and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and honors the memory of Dominick and Alice DeVarti. Supported by an Endowment Fund established by the DeVarti Family.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film
Recognizing the animated film that delivers the best style, creativity, and content. This award is given in honor of the spirit of Chris Frayne, a key participant in the festival's early years, whose approach to life was reminiscent of his colorful cartoon characters. Special thanks to Ann Arbor’s colorful Q+M Marketing for lead support of this award.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

George Manupelli Founder's Spirit Award
Provided to the filmmaker that best captures the bold and iconoclastic spirt of the founder of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, George Manupelli, whose vision for the festival continues to this day. Supported by Dave & Rich DeVarti.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival
Presented to the film of any genre or length that best represents the artistic standards of excellence for the festival. This award is generously provided by influential documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, a graduate of Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School.
Sponsor:Ken Burns
Cash Award Value: 3,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
This award is intended to support an emerging filmmaker that the Award Jury expects will make a significant contribution to the art of film in the course of his/her filmmaking career. This award is endowed by the Berman family in honor of the memory of Tom Berman, who was a University of Michigan film student, an early festival supporter and close friend to many within the festival community.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Cash Award Value: 2,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film
The best non-fiction film of the festival will receive this award from documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who received inspiration from hundreds of films he viewed over the years at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Proceeds from his film, Roger and Me, fund this annual award.
Sponsor:Michael Moore
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film
The narrative film that best makes use of film’s unique ability to convey striking and original stories will receive this award distinction. A notable Hollywood filmmaker, Lawrence Kasdan got his start in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan and continues his connection through support of this festival award.
Sponsor:Lawrence Kasdan
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Experimental Film
Honoring the film that most successfully showcases the use of experimental processes, forms, and topics. This award is supported by Ann Arbor residents Ron & Robin Sober.
Sponsor: Ron & Robin Sober
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

RingSide Creative Archival Film Award
For the best film of the Festival using a significant amount of archival film footage, including home movies and found footage. The recipient of this award will receive $1000 in 16mm and 35mm film scanning services from RingSide Creative.
Sponsor:RingSide Creative, a SE Michigan integrated media studio
Value of Goods/Services: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Gil Omenn Art & Science Award
This award honors the filmmaker whose work best uses the art form of film and video to explore scientific concepts, research natural phenomena or embrace real world experimentation. Provided by Gil Omenn who seeks to encourage a positive exchange between the arts and sciences.
Sponsor:Gil Omenn
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

PROCAM Best Regional Filmmaker Award
This award supports our top Michigan talent. The winner receives $750 of store credit from PROCAM.
Sponsor:PROCAM
Value of Goods/Services: 750 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Eileen Maitland Award
This award is to be given to the film that best addresses women’s issues and gives voice to female voices. It was created to honor of the spirit and memory of Eileen Maitland who was a dear friend and long-time supporter of the festival, as well as a patron and
Cash Award Value: 600 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The No Violence Award
Provided to reward the film that best exemplifies themes and images of peace, whether addressing the topic directly or simply turning the mind toward gentleness. No depictions of weaponry or fighting, human or animal suffering, or destructive activities. Provided by Ann Arbor residents Matthew Graff and Leslie Lawther.
Sponsor:Matthew Graff and Leslie Lawther
Cash Award Value: 512 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Award for Best International Film
Granted to the film produced outside of the United States which most strongly impresses our Awards Jury, this award is supported by Ann Arbor’s Tios Mexican Cafe.
Sponsor:Tios Mexican Cafe
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film
The film which showcases the most pioneering, cutting-edge technical innovations will receive this award. Peter Wilde was a long-time projectionist for the festival and master of special effects. This award honors his creativity and pursuit of new techniques.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Award
Selected by the audience, two awards of $500 will be awarded to the two highest-rated films in competition at this year’s festival.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The \aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film
This award honors the film that best addresses and gives voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) issues. The \aut\BAR of Ann Arbor contributes this award to promote a diversity of voices that achieve excellence in filmmaking.
Sponsor:\aut\BAR
Cash Award Value: 300 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Award for Best Music Video
Provided to recognize excellence in the art form of music video, which serves as a unique collaborative relationship between musician and film/video maker. This award is supported by Ann Arbor's beloved and independently owned Wazoo Records and Overture Audio.
Sponsor:Wazoo Records and Overture Audio
Cash Award Value: 300 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Jury Awards
Remaining prize monies that are distributed at the awards jurors' discretion as honorable mentions to films of distinction and artistic accomplishment.
Cash Award Value: 1,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Films that the filmmaker deems to be a documentary with a runtime 60 minutes or longer.