As the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s stewards and organizers, we -- the board of directors, leaders and staff -- are committed to a transparent, fair and ethical film selection process that stands the test of time.

The heart and soul of the festival is the selection process -- it belongs to the filmmakers and those who love film. There should be no question whether the selection process is free of bias, personal agendas or unfair advantages.

This philosophy is of the utmost importance to us, the reason we have made changes in the past and the reason we are making the following changes:

We are reducing the number of invited filmmakers participating in the “Films in Competition” from over 40% during previous seasons to no more than 10% from this season forward. We believe this will give more filmmakers more opportunity to have their films reviewed, selected and screened.

In addition, we are working to align the AAFF’s organizational processes with the Film Festival Alliance’s Film Festival Code of Ethics, which is being developed with input from festival directors, programmers and art house managers from around the world.

As the AAFF’s stewards and those responsible for carrying the torch of George Manupelli’s vision, we are taking these and other steps to ensure the festival’s integrity is unequivocal both now and for every season to come.