2022 marks a banner year for the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF); not only for the festival’s 60th anniversary, but also because the AAFF will be hybrid for the first time ever. Founded in 1963, AAFF is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. Internationally recognized as a premier forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

For its 60th anniversary, AAFF received nearly 2,900 films from over 90 countries, narrowed down to 145 films in competition across 26 programs. Specially curated programs will also reflect on the history of AAFF and experimental film.

Artists Mariam Ghani, Gina Kamentsky, and Thomas Renoldner are jurying this year, in charge of conferring $23,300 in cash and in-kind awards. Each of them will also present a curated program of their own work that will be ticketed online and free in person.

AAFF will continue to pay filmmakers to show their work at the festival for the second year in a row, doubling the amount from last year.

Festival highlights include:

  • Lydia Lunch is featured as part of the University of Michigan (U-M) Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series, alongside Joseph Keckler.
  • Berlin-based artist Tracey Snelling, a U-M Stamps School Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence, presents an art installation as well as a film in competition.
  • Premieres — 27 world, 27 North American, and 13 US film premieres, including:
    • World premiere of elephant by Maria Judice (San Francisco, CA)
    • World premiere of Weak Connection by José Cardoso (Ecuador)
    • North American premiere of What We Saw by Kamila Kuc (Georgia)
  • Return of themed programs: Animation, Almost All Ages (6+), Music Videos, and Out Night.

Tickets and passes are now available for the in-person and online festival. For more information, visit aafilmfest.org.

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