The Ann Arbor Film Festival Announces New Award to Honor African Stories

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is excited to announce its latest award for the 60 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Here are the details on The No. 1 African Film Award.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) announces a new award for the 60th AAFF: The No. 1 African Film Award. The AAF is encouraging filmmakers from across the African continent, or from anywhere in the world who have made African-oriented experimental films, to submit their work for inclusion at the festival, which is set to take place March 22-27, 2022.

The No. 1 African Film Award will be honoring the film that best speaks to the historical and contemporary experience of living and dreaming in Africa. It is provided by a generous $15,000 endowment contribution by filmmaker Amy J. Moore, a long-term resident of southern Africa and producer of Botswana’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. The winning film will receive an award of $500.

The No. 1 African Film Award will help AAF fulfill its mission to promote bold, visionary filmmakers. Donor and Board Member Moore says, “Africa is super cool, why shouldn’t we support the vibrant, talented filmmakers coming from the continent?”

Call for Entries starts July 1 and will continue until September 30, 2021. A $20 discount will be applied towards submissions from BIPOC filmmakers, which is the same discount that is offered to AAFF alumni filmmakers. The submission fee will be waived for the first 10 entries made by BIPOC filmmakers before July 31, thanks to a generous gift made by an alumni filmmaker.

To enter the 60 Ann Arbor Film Festival or for more details, visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival website.

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