Through the Community Partnership between the YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout (YPSI 24) and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF), YPSI 24 and the AAFF have upped the status and the prize package for the Manupelli Award that was first awarded in the 2015 YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout.
The award is named to honor George Manupelli who founded the AAFF in 1963. The Manupelli Award will be determined by the YPSI 24 Jury and will be awarded to the YPSI 24 filmmaker who submits a film that most closely mirrors the unique content as seen in the AAFF.
The filmmaker who wins the 2016 Manupelli Award will receive the following prizes:
• A $500 Cash Award
• (1) Full Festival Pass to the next AAFF
• His/Her film will be shown at the next AFF
2015 Manupelli Award winner Joanie Wind (on right) shown with Zack Damon representing AAFF.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental film festival in the country, and engages audiences with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres over a six-day festival. In addition to exhibiting over one hundred new films in juried programs each year, the AAFF presents filmmaker retrospectives, gallery installations, panel discussions, historic and thematic surveys, and contemporary artist programs.
Given the mission of the AAFF “To support bold, visionary filmmakers, advance the art form of film and new media, and engage communities with remarkable cinematic experiences, “ YPSI 24, in partnership with the AAFF, is proud to enhance the potential prize value to filmmakers who participate in the YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout.