57th Annual

Ann Arbor Film Festival

March 26, 2019 to March 31, 2019

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Ann Arbor MI 48107
Phone: 734-995-5356
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Experimental (Feature)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be experimental with a runtime 60 minutes or longer.
Narrative (Feature)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be narrative with a runtime 60 minutes or longer.
Documentary (Feature)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be a documentary with a runtime 60 minutes or longer.
Animation (Feature)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be animated with a runtime 60 minutes or longer.
Experimental (Short)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be experimental with a runtime less than 60 minutes.
Narrative (Short)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be narrative with a runtime less than 60 minutes.
Documentary (Short)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be a documentary with a runtime less than 60 minutes.
Animation (Short)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be animated with a runtime less than 60 minutes.
Music Video (Short)
Films that the filmmaker deems to be an independent music video with a runtime under 10 minutes.


The Ann Arbor Film Festival is committed to support bold, visionary independent filmmakers, advance the art form of film and new media, and engage communities with remarkable cinematic experiences.


The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental film festival in North America. Internationally renowned as forum for artist made moving image art, the AAFF screens works across a broad range of genres including: experimental, animation, documentary, narrative and hybrid works. The AAFF is steeped in a rich tradition of ground-breaking cinema as thousands of filmmakers screened early work at the AAFF, including luminaries such as: Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, James Benning, Bruce Conner, Chick Strand, Les Blank, Suzan Pitt, and George Lucas.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival serves as an Academy Award®-qualifying festival in the United States for the Short Films category. The AAFF presents over $20,000 in cash awards to filmmakers in competition, as determined by the awards jury. The AAFF is highly competitive, receiving over 3,000 submissions annually from more than 60 countries. All submissions are reviewed by a minimum of 2 trained screeners, with many films watched and discussed collectively by 6 - 10 members of the festival screening team.

Each year the festival presents 100-125 shorts and 6 -10 features as part of the films in competition programming. The majority of the works selected are documentaries, experimental and animated films and are screened throughout 20-24 competition programs composed of films from all genres; with additional single competition programs dedicated to LGBTQ-themed films, Animation, and Music Videos.

The festival main venue, the Michigan Theater, is a gorgeous 1920s movie palace with a historic organ that is performed prior to many of the programs. The theater has two screening spaces: the impressive 1,700-seat Main Auditorium and the state-of-the-art 200-seat Screening Room. The AAFF is committed to high quality exhibition of all films at the festival and presents work on 16mm, 35mm and digital formats.

Many accepted filmmakers attend the festival as guests each year and receive complimentary festival pass, housing with host families, shuttle transportation to/from airport, filmmaker party, catered green room and a filmmaker dinner. The AAFF also provides additional opportunities for select filmmakers accepted into the festival. As a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour, each year a "best of" shorts program travels to more than 35 theaters, universities, museums and art house cinemas throughout North America. Filmmakers participating in the tour are paid for each screening of their work.


Angela Lenhardt (Operations Manager); Leslie Raymond (Executive Director)


The Ann Arbor Film Festival is open to experimental film and digital media in all categories that demonstrate a high regard for the moving image as an art form. Each year we select 100-135 shorts and features for exhibition in the awards competition portion of the festival. Films previously submitted (and not selected) may be re-entered if there has been a significant change to the edit. You must complete an entry form for each film submitted. Entry fees are per film entered, and must accompany the entry form for confirmation. Make checks and money orders payable to the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Entry fees are non-refundable.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival does not give waivers or discounts.

Entries are accepted via Secure Online Screening and 16mm only. We do not accept DVD, VHS or video data files for screening purposes.

If you would like the festival to preview a 16mm print of your film, please contact the festival directly to make arrangements.

Please review the following postmark deadlines carefully.

Early Deadline - July 31, 2018

Official Deadline - August 31, 2018

Late Deadline - September 30, 2018


By signing below, you agree to the following Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) Terms and Conditions, and indicate that you have read and understood the AAFF entry guidelines.

The following will apply if my film/video is selected:

1. My film/video will be screened during the Ann Arbor Film Festival and will be eligible to win a filmmaker award.

2. My film/video will be shipped (at filmmaker's expense) in one of the exhibition formats specified on the AAFF listing by February 12, 2019 at the latest.

3. My film/video may be utilized for promotional purposes of the festival, limited to private screenings and preview-only copies for press and supporters, unless otherwise arranged with the AAFF.

4. I will permit the AAFF to use my name and stills from my film/video (at least one print-quality version provided upon request) for promotional purposes.

The following will apply for all film/video submissions:

1. The AAFF retains the right to archive the submitted screener copy of my film/video (excluding 16mm prints) in physical and/or digital format solely for historical and research purposes, and will not publicly screen it without my permission.

2. The AAFF will conduct private screening sessions to review submissions, which may include my film/video.

3. The AAFF does not provide refunds on submission fees.

4. The AAFF may reach out to the email address submitted via mailchimp to communicate information about the AAFF, the Call for Entry, and additional filmmaker information. I may unsubscribe from this service at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button at the end of the communication.