AAFF Newsletter: July 2010

  • 49th Call for Entries - Now Accepting Submissions
  • AAFF Hosts Cinemasports at Shadow Art Fair
  • Upcoming Summer Events
  • Tour Update


49th Call for Entries - Now Open!

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 49th season. We are seeking new independent works (films completed no later than 2009) that explore boundaries, challenge audiences, experiment with style and technique or inspire with creativity. We consider all genres, lengths, styles and formats, including 16mm, 35mm, super-8mm, video and HD video.

The 49th AAFF will provide at least $18,000 in cash awards to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomimation in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

Festival Deadlines and Fees:
Early Deadline – August 16, 2010
           $30 Shorts | $40 Features
Standard Deadline – October 4, 2010
     $40 Shorts | $50 Features

Late Deadline – November 4, 2010
        $50 Shorts | $60 Features

To see all submission details and to submit your film, please visit our website.

AAFF Brings Cinemasports to Shadow Art Fair

Cinemasports is the "Iron Chef of filmmaking" in which
self-assembled filmmaking teams are challenged to include assigned "ingredients" into 3-minute movies produced in 10 hours or less. Much like improv comedy, the resulting films are unpredictable and often times surprisingly creative (as we all know, million dollar budgets don't assure a successful creative vision!).

A prize of $100 (courtesy of our righteous friends at the Shadow Art Fair) will reward the film our AAFF/SAF jury deems most worthy. Formats accepted for final screening are: DVD, mini-DV and quicktime file.
Filmmaking teams supply all their own equipment, time and talent. Sign up
to ensure your participation. Don't have a team and want to join? You can sign up solo and we will try to match you with a team when you arrive for the AM kick-off meeting.

Kick-Off Meeting -Ingredients Are Announced
WHEN: Saturday, July 10, 2010 @10:30 AM
WHERE: Corner Brewery, 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti, MI, 48198
Participation fee: FREE

Public screening of finished movies @ 9:30 PM
WHERE: Corner Brewery, 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti, MI, 48198
Tickets: FREE

Upcoming Events

AAFF Shorts at Top of the Park
This week's short films preceding Wes
Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox are:
 - Magic Cube and Ping Pong by Lei Lei, Beijing, China – 5 minutes [screened at the 48th AAFF]
 - White Out by Jeff Scher, New York, NY – 3 minutes [screened at the 45th AAFF]

WHEN: Thursday, July 8, 2010 @ 9:30pm - 10:00pm
WHERE: Ingalls Mall 915 East Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
DETAILS: Visit the Ann Arbor Summer Festival website

The 4th Annual Cinema & Yoga
Ready to stretch the boundaries of your mind and body? Please join director of The Ann Arbor School of Yoga, Laurie Blakeney, and director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Donald Harrison, as they host this popular summer fundraiser for the AAFF. The evening begins with an hour-long all-levels yoga class taught by Iyengar master instructor Blakeney followed by light snacks and beverages courtesy of Whole Foods Market and a screening of mind-expanding short films from the recent 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

WHEN: Saturday, August 7, 2010 @ 7:30pm-10pm
WHERE: Ann Arbor School of Yoga, 420 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
ADMISSION: $25 suggested donation ($20 AAFF and A2SY members)

Walk-in Backyard Cinema: Wasteland Utopias
Join the AAFF for an outdoor screening of David Sherman's documentary Wasteland Utopias, which premiered at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival. The film is a cinematic essay which traces the intersection of visionary developer Del Webb (Sun City) and legendary radical psychiatrist/naturalist Wilhelm Reich (Orgone Energy). Other treats in store include fresh popped popcorn, lemonade and a special short film provided by Sherman for this event. Bring a blanket and/or camping chair and join us for adventures in outdoor cinema!

WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010 @ 9pm (rain date is August 21)
WHERE: Lou Glorie's backyard, 827 Brooks Ann Arbor, MI 48103

48th AAFF Traveling Tour - Upcoming Dates

Manitou Arts Festival
Aug 1 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Glen Arbor, Michigan
Program One will screen with an intermission outside at the theater of the Manitou
Arts Center.

Aug 3 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brooklyn, New York
Program One

Capri Theatre
Aug 14
2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Montgomery, Alabama
Program One

View full program listings here.
Interested in bringing the tour near you? E-mail tour@aafilmfest.org.

Posted on July 01st, 2010