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  • Ann Arbor, United States March 2015, TBA
  • Call for Entry Deadline: October 2014, TBA
    Late Deadline: November 4th
  • Festival Data:
    • Established: 1963
    • Attendance: 13000
    • Total Number of Films Submitted: 2500
    • Total Number of Films Screened: 185
    • Total Screenings: 40
    • # of Shorts Screened: 180
    • # of Features Screened: 5
    • Competitive
    • Has Panels
  • Festival Website:
    http:/ / www.aafilmfest.org/
  • Festival Description:

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival showcases independent and experimental film and video. Established in 1963, this internationally-renowned festival is the oldest of its kind in North America. Each year the festival attracts entries from moving image artists worldwide and screens more than 100 films before audiences during six days in March.

    The festival's mission is to provide a worldwide public forum for moving image exhibitions, to encourage and showcase artists of the moving image, to promote the moving image as art, and to offer educational outreach. All lengths and genres accepted and considered: experimental, animation, documentary, music video and narrative (for "hybrid genre" films).

    • More than $20,000 awarded to films in competition

    • Qualifying festival for the AMPAS Academy Awards

    • Select short films participate in an International Traveling Tour


  • Film Submissions:
  • Email:info(at)aafilmfest.org
    Phone:(1) 734 995-5356
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8232
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48107


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  • The 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival awards, providing more than $18,000, have been selected by this year's jury and announced.

    Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival - $3,000
    "The Betrayal"
    Directed by: Ellen Kuras

    Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film - $1,000
    "Diente por Ojo"
    Directed by: Elvind Holmboe

    Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film - $1,000
    "Spontaneous Generation"
    Directed by: Andrew Cahill

    "The Mermaid"
    Directed by: Lisa Barcy

    The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist - $1,000
    Directed by: Thorsten Fleisch

    Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film - $1,000
    "On the Assassination of the President"
    Directed by: Adam Keker

    Griot Editorial Award for Best Editing - $500
    "I, of the Cyclops"
    Directed by: George Kuchar

    Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film - $500
    "Yours Truly"
    Directed by: Osbert Parker

    \aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film - $500
    "Cat Dancers"
    Directed by: Harris Fishman

    Award for Best International Film - $500
    "Nijuman no Borei"
    Directed by: Jean-Gabriel Periot

    Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film - $1,000
    "Office Suite"
    Directed by: Robert Todd

    Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film - $1,000
    "kids + money"
    Directed by: Lauren Greenfield

    Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker - $1,000
    Directed by: Michael Langan

    The EMPA Work Life Award - $1,300
    "Beginning Filmmaking"
    Directed by: Jay Rosenblatt

    Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award for Best Cinematography - $1,500
    "Li: Patterns of Nature"
    Directed by: John Campbell

    Ghostly Award for Best Sound Design - $500
    "Observando El Cielo"
    Directed by: Jeanne Liotta

    The VUE/DFC Award for Best Michigan Filmmaker - $750
    Directed by: Dean Denell

    "buzzards steal your picnic"
    Directed by: Terri Sarris

    The Eileen Maitland Award - $500
    "Teat Beat of Sex"
    Directed by: Signe Baumane

    Honorable Mentions - $1,050
    "The Last Moment"
    Directed by: Deco Dawson

    "Number One"
    Directed by: Leighton Pierce

    "The Juche Idea"
    Directed by: Jim Finn

    "Faux Mouvements"
    Directed by: Pip Chodorov

    "My Olympic Summer"
    Directed by: Daniel Robin

    "Victory Over the Sun"
    Directed by: Michael Robinson
  • I could never be bored in life because there are so many films yet to be made.”

    She has been called the brightest light, a tireless saint, and a compassionate soul. Others have named her a loving wife, dedicated teacher, and caring mother. Inspiring every person around her, she was the playful artist, ambitious rebel, and a sparkling, subversive Southern Belle.

    On January 4, 2007, Helen Hill was tragically murdered in New Orleans, Louisiana; and the loss of this innovative, inquisitive and joyful friend has affected us all. Helen celebrated life with a genuine sunny disposition and was a compassionate soul who would always go out of her way to help someone in need. Always generous with her love, support and inspiration, Helen touched the lives of every person who knew her, making her passing unbelievably painful.

    She had screened several films at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (including The World’s Smallest Fair, Scratch & Crow, Tunnel of Love and Mouseholes), and was an honored juror at the 42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival. We consider her one of our own, and a member of the AAFF family.

    Her animated films reflect her playful, innovative and inquisitive way of living life, and her caring and dedication to teaching show her value for the world around her. This wonderful person spent her brief time on earth joyfully and creatively. Helen leaves behind her husband Paul Gailiunas and their two-year old son, Francis Pop, her pet pig Rosie, and two cats.

    In honor of the inspiration and memory that Helen has given all of us, we dedicate the 45th Ann Arbor Film Festival to her beloved memory. We will never forget you, Helen, and will continue to love and be inspired by you.

    Thank you to Helen’s family and loved ones and to the Harvard Film Archive for helping us present a tribute and memorial retrospective on Wednesday, March 21st at the Firefly Club in Ann Arbor, where we celebrated her life, and the newly remastered collection of Helen Hill’s 16mm films:

    Tunnel of Love
    Scratch and Crow
    Film for Rosie
    Bohemian Town
    Your New Pig Is Down the Road
    Madame Winger Makes A Film: A Survival Guide to the 21st Century
  • Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival:
    “Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains”
    Directed by: Jessie Stead
    Prize: $3000

    Gus Van Sant Award For Best Experimental Film:
    “Stranger Comes To Town”
    Directed by: Jacqueline Goss
    Prize: $1000

    Lawrence Kasdan Award For Best Narrative Film:
    “Everything Will Be Ok”
    Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt
    Prize: $1000

    Michael Moore Award For Best Documentary Film:
    “The Bridge Over The Drina”
    Directed by: Xavier Lukomski
    and “Off The Grid: Life On The Mesa”
    Directed by: Eric Juhola
    Prize: $1000

    The Empa Work Life Award:
    “The Other Side”
    Directed by: Bill Brown
    Prize: $1300

    Between The Lines And \Aut\ Film Award For Best Gay/Lesbian Film:
    “Jean Genet In Chicago”
    Directed by: Frederic Moffet
    Prize: $1000

    Tom Berman Award For Most Promising Filmmaker:
    “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”
    “The General Returns From One Place To Another”
    Directed by: Michael Robinson
    Prize: $1000

    Prix Devarti For Funniest Film:
    “The Boy In The Air “
    Directed by: Lyn Elliot
    Prize: $1000

    Vicki Honeyman Award For Best 16mm Film:
    “Song And Solitude”
    Directed by: Nathaniel Dorsky
    Prize: $300

    Kodak/Film Craft Lab Award For Best Cinematography:
    “Song And Solitude”
    Directed by: Nathaniel Dorsky
    Prize: $1500

    Griot Editorial Award For Best Editing:
    “Film For Tom”
    Directed by: Stephen Connolly
    Prize: $500

    Chris Frayne Award For Best Animated Film:
    Directed by: Guilhermo Marcondes
    Prize: $375

    Michigan Vue Magazine Award For Best Michigan Filmmaker:
    “Unified Fields“
    Directed by: Brandon Walley
    Prize: $500

    Detroit Film Center Award:
    “Establishing Shots”
    Directed by: Chris Mcnamara
    Prize: $1500

    Tio’s Red Hot & Spicy Award:
    “Making The Balkans Erotic”
    Directed by: Richard Haber
    Prize: $500

    The Eileen Maitland Award:
    “Dear Bill Gates”
    Directed by: Sarah J. Christman
    Prize: $250

    Honorable Mentions:
    “Ski Boys”
    Directed by: Benny Zenga

    “Children Of The Shadows”
    Directed by: Naoyuki Tsuji

    “Instructions For A Light And Sound Machine”
    Directed by: Peter Tscherkassky

    “Market Street”
    Directed by: Tomonari Nishikawa

    “Black And White Trypps Number Three”
    Directed by: Ben Russell

    Directed by: Christoph Giradet & Mattias Muller

    “Zone Of Total Eclipse
    Directed by: “Mike Taanilla”

    “In Loving Memory”
    Directed by: Robert Todd
    Prize: $1350 Total
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