50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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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.

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Festival Director Leslie Raymond announces filmmaker awards at the 57th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival. Photograph by Katie Raymond, courtesy of Ann Arbor Film Festival

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  1. Indie Film Share

    December 8, 2019 at 3:18 am

    I like this type of information because you always can learn some interesting new knowledge and at the same time revive the knowledge you already know.

  2. Tommy

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    No film festivals of diversity, not event the American Black Film Festival? Disappointing!

  3. Lucifer

    April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    SDUFF is the best!!!

  4. Ryan Betschart

    April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    San Diego Underground Film Festival!!!!! YAY!!!

    • Ron Tucker

      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I can assure you that the Beaufort International Film Festival held each February in Beaufort, SC is well worth the entry fee. See the recap here -https://vimeo.com/321820933

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