Ann Arbor, MI—Due to growing health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, all in-person events for the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) have been suspended. The six-day event was set to happen March 24-March 29, 2020. AAFF is committed to finding an alternative means to present the 58th AAFF online which honors the filmmakers’ rights and integrity and fulfills the mission of the festival. The 58th AAFF jurors will fulfill their commitment of reviewing programmed films in competition in order to confer the $22,500 in awards. When the circumstances allow, AAFF will continue to create live viewing experiences for our community.
We’re grateful for our team of staff, interns, and volunteers and as much as we want to move forward with the festival for our community of filmmakers and attendees, we are following the guidelines outlined by the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
Following the announcement of the state’s first positive cases of COVID-19, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS have recommended that gatherings larger than 100 people should be canceled. AAFF is committed to protecting our staff, community and the people of Ann Arbor.