(Late March) The second oldest film festival in all of North America, the annual week-long Ann Arbor Film Festival has been championing independent cinema for nearly half a century. The festival is dedicated to offering an alternative to commercial movies, promoting the moving image as an art form, nurturing emerging and established directors and producers, doing educational outreach, standing up for artists’ freedom of expression, and of course providing a major showcase for new films.
The festival gets over 2,000 entries each year from more than 30 different countries. Film and video of all lengths and in all genres are welcome, and the festivall has always been especially appreciative of experimental filmmakers and their work.
For those who can’t get to the festival, there is the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour. It takes a collection of short movies from the festival to over a dozen theaters, museums, and universities around the world.
Ann Arbor Film Festival Information
- Venues: 327 Braun Court (327 Braun Court); Arbor Brewing Company (114 East Washington Street); Gallery Project (215 South 4th Avenue); Michigan Theater (603 East Liberty Street); Red Room @ The Necto (516 East Liberty Street); Sava’s Café (216 South State Street); SH\’aut\ and \’aut\ BAR (315 Braun Court); State Theater (233 South State Street); The B-Side @ Neutral Zone (310 East Washington Street); The Ravens Club (207 South Main Street); UM Slusser Gallery (2000 Bonisteel Boulevard); UMMA Helmut Stren Auditorium (525 South State Street); Work Gallery (306 South State Street)
- Public Transportation: Good (all venues are easily accessible by a number of bus lines)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good for all venues
- Performances/Programs: over 40 programs with more than 150 new films, free public screenings & events, gallery installations, midnight movies, and nightly afterparties
- Ticket Prices: Standard screenings are $10 with discounts for Students, Seniors, and Members
- Festival Passes: Full Festival Pass is $95 (Students, Seniors, and Members $80) and includes access to the Opening Night Reception & Screening; 30 ticketed programs presented throughout the week at the Michigan Theater; admission to midnight movies at the State Theatre; and free or discounted admission to all festival afterparties. The Weekend Pass is $55 (Students, Seniors, and Members $45) and includes access to all screenings from Friday–Sunday; admission to midnight movies at the State Theatre; and free or discounted admission to all weekend festival afterparties
- Membership: Carbon $50 ($80 for couples); Hydrogen $150 ($250 for couples); Oxygen $300 ($500 for couples). Benefits include invitations to exclusive member only screening salons; priority mailing of festival program calendar to your home; monthly newsletter with special offers, exclusive content, and news of the festival; multiple tickets or Festival Passes (depending on membership level); discounts on festival tickets and passes; priority notification and early access to purchase advanced tickets; free admission and discounts to AAFF, Michigan Theater and special events throughout the year; and optional name recognition on website.