Special Events

 

Manhattan Short Film FestivalManhattan Short: One World–One Week–One Festival

Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30
Eventbrite - Manhattan Short Film Festival: One World–One Week–One Festival

Saturday, Sept. 30 at 5:00
Eventbrite - Manhattan Short Film Festival: One World–One Week–One Festival

Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30

Eventbrite - Manhattan Short Film Festival: One World–One Week–One Festival

Join us for what has become a perennial Colonial favorite, when over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across six continents gather as well in cinemas, museums, and universities for one purpose… to view and vote on the finalists’ films in the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. This is not a touring festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, allowing the audiences to select their favorite film. Selected from 1615 entries from 75 countries, the 10 finalists represent USA, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Syria and the UK. The Judges of the Finalists’ Films are you. Audiences at each venue will be given a voting card to choose the film they think should win. Votes are tallied by each cinema and sent to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ. The overall winner will be announced on Monday Oct. 9, 2017.

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55th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival

Friday, Oct. 13  |  7:30 PM 

In memory of George Manupelli (1931-2014), Founder of The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Founding Member of The Friends of The Colonial. 88 min., NR

The Ann Arbor Film Festival, a pioneer of the film festival touring concept, has been presenting an annual tour of selected works from the festival since 1964. Over the years, the touring program has brought the work of film and media artists to audiences throughout the world. The tour provides filmmakers the unique opportunity of having their work screened in front of audiences for whom, in many places, the tour venue is their only access to this form of film art. Each filmmaker participating in the AAFF Tour is also paid for each tour stop, thereby helping to directly support their filmmaking. Six new experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative shorts including Blair McClendon’s America for Americans, winner of a jury award at the 55th AAFF, and Jennifer Levonian’s Xylophone, winner of the Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival. The program also features Étude 1a: Release (I) (Russell Sheaffer & Aaron Michael Smith), Absence of Memory (Rita Piffer), “The Talk” True Stories About The Birds & The Bees (Alain Delannoy) and Sleeping With the Devil (Alisa Yang).

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