AAFF proudly provides at least $18,000 USD in cash awards, and winners of the festival's major awards (Best Narrative Film, Best Animated Film, Best Experimental Film, and Best of Festival) in the short film categories become qualified for Academy Award consideration. All participating filmmakers at AAFF enjoy stellar hospitality, including transport from the airport, host accommodations, and full VIP access to filmmaker dinners, after-parties, and other perks designed to enhance industry networking opportunities.
A pioneer in the art of the traveling film festival, AAFF enthusiastically takes many of its best tales on the road, screening select shorts in more than 35 cities, both within the United States and abroad. But that's not all: more than $20,000 in cash and film stock are up for grabs as career-boosting festival prizes, sponsored by many of the biggest names in the business. Gus Van Sant, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Moore, Ken Burns, and other notable forces not only provide financial support for this high-profile festival, they also drop by to share their passions and expertise.
October 7, 2013 - Official Deadline
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
AAFF is committed to the support of bold, visionary, independent filmmakers; to the advancement of film and new media; and to the engagement of communities with remarkable cinematic experiences.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
AAFF draws from a rich legacy of successful alumni and has screened the early works of George Lucas, Gus Van Sant, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Chick Strand, Barbara Hammer, and even the new wave band Devo. For her extraordinary film, The Betrayal - Nerakhoon, director Ellen Kuras won the Best of Festival prize at AAFF not long before receiving an Academy Award nomination for the same film.
If you've got a great big-screen story to tell, Ann Arbor Film Festival is the place to see it soar. Submit today!