The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the second oldest film festival in North America. When it began in 1963 (as the 16mm Film Festival) with the goal of showcasing experimental films, it served as a creative outlet for artists and directors like Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Agnes Varda, and George Lucas. Forty-six years later, the festival offers yearly cash awards upwards of $16,000, including individual awards such as the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary, the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film, and our personal favorite, the No Violence Award. The winning films (selected from more than 2,000 entries worldwide) are divided into two programs, each consisting of seven short films (including “Cattle Call,” left). Although some cities on the festival tour are only offered one of the 91-minute-long programs, SA has the option of seeing both. Free, 7pm & 9pm, Buena Vista Theatre, UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Durango, Building 1.326, (210) 458-6956
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