The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. Founded in 1963, the AAFF serves as a critical forum for filmmakers to show their creative work and a premier showcase for bold, visionary, experimental and high-caliber films. In 2019, AAFF was ranked No. 1 film festival in North America in the USA Today Readers' Choice Travel Awards contest.
The 58th festival takes place March 24 – 29, 2020, in downtown Ann Arbor. The AAFF receives more than 3,000 film submissions from more than 100 countries and showcases more than 140 artist-made films from around the world. The festival also awards more than $20,000 to 25 or more filmmakers, providing direct support to talented and independent artists. Since its inception, the AAFF has provided support and recognition for the early works of thousands of influential filmmakers and artists, including Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Kenneth Anger, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Agnes Varda, Vin Diesel, and Devo.
The AAFF serves as one of only a handful of qualifying festivals in the U.S. for the Annual Academy Awards short film category.