U.S. and Canadian Film Festivals
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Ann Arbor, Michigan / March 24-29, 2020 / aafilmfest.org
The venerable Ann Arbor festival leans heavily on submissions for its programming. Last year’s program included 141 films (out of 2,766 submissions) and only two by other means. The oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, Ann Arbor excels in attracting appreciative audiences and connecting filmmakers with one another. Each year the festival introduces new works to such filmmaker as Lawrence Kasdan and Ken Burns, who funds the festival’s top award ($3,000). Centered at the historic Michigan Theater, the festival features intriguing intermedia salons, workshops, performances, installations, and panel discussions. Ann Arbor creates filmmaker video interviews that are shared on Vimeo and via the city’s online and social media channels. Recent distributors in attendance included sixpackfilm, Carte Blanche and Kino Lorber. The 2019 festival included the world premiere of Loretta Fahrenholz’s Two A.M.