Bending Minds with Experimental Film Since 1963

aka Ann Arbor Film Festival   |   Ann Arbor, MI   |

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EIN: 38-2379836


The mission of the Ann Arbor Film Festival is to promote bold, visionary filmmakers through the advancement of moving image art, and to engage communities with remarkable cinematic experiences.

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Executive Director

Leslie Raymond

Main address

PO Box 8232

Ann Arbor, MI 48107 USA

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Subject area info

Information and media literacy

Film and video


Population served info


NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

62nd Ann Arbor Film Festival

The upcoming festival will take place in 2024 during March 26th through March 31st in-person and March 26th through April 7th online. The festival received 2,971 films from 91 countries to be considered for the 62nd festival. It will feature hundreds of films, videos, and live performances as part of some 40 programs over a six-day period. The festival also offers panels, discussions, live question and answer sessions with filmmakers as well as interactive presentations to deepen audience engagement with film art.

Population(s) Served

The Ann Arbor Film Festival's 61st season had 6,600 in-person attendees and 2,200 online attendees from 33 countries and 29 states!

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.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour which launched in 1964 with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles, and Berkeley. Since that time, the AAFF tour has presented hundreds of influential works by film artists including Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn, and Jay Rosenblatt.

Population(s) Served

Since 2019, the AAFF has partnered with the Michigan Theater on a monthly screening series. The most recent series took place May-November 2023 with feature films that were shown during the 61th AAFF. This event is free to members of the Ann Arbor Film Festival or Michigan Theater Gold Card Members.

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How we listen

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Fiscal year: Jun 01 - May 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.92 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

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Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

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Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $56,701 $30,323 -$90,032 $9,217 $18,309
As % of expenses 14.2% 8.4% -25.4% 2.0% 3.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $56,701 $30,323 -$90,032 $9,217 $18,309
As % of expenses 14.2% 8.4% -25.4% 2.0% 3.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $435,968 $401,215 $428,340 $487,199 $512,743
Total revenue, % change over prior year 12.6% -8.0% 6.8% 13.7% 5.2%
Program services revenue 33.2% 36.4% 26.4% 28.9% 29.3%
Membership dues 1.2% 1.5% 1.7% 2.2% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.3%
Government grants 13.2% 10.6% 31.0% 25.0% 8.4%
All other grants and contributions 50.9% 51.0% 40.0% 43.4% 61.5%
Other revenue 1.5% 0.4% 0.9% 0.4% 0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $398,504 $360,434 $354,875 $454,781 $475,383
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.8% -9.6% -1.5% 28.2% 4.5%
Personnel 41.2% 47.3% 59.0% 45.7% 41.6%
Professional fees 16.5% 16.3% 9.6% 19.3% 21.6%
Occupancy 12.1% 5.7% 4.3% 4.3% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.1%
All other expenses 30.3% 30.7% 27.1% 30.7% 29.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $398,504 $360,434 $354,875 $454,781 $475,383
One month of savings $33,209 $30,036 $29,573 $37,898 $39,615
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $431,713 $390,470 $384,448 $492,679 $514,998

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 3.1 4.8 6.3 4.9 4.7
Months of cash and investments 6.6 8.3 6.3 4.9 4.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.5 9.4 6.5 5.3 5.5
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $101,903 $144,883 $187,355 $185,756 $185,242
Investments $115,827 $104,857 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $77,198 $63,340 $58,620 $64,454 $74,708
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.9% 10.3% 7.4% 2.0% 5.5%
Unrestricted net assets $250,563 $280,886 $190,854 $200,071 $218,380
Temporarily restricted net assets $512 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $512 $0 $217,910 $240,412 $261,836
Total net assets $251,075 $280,886 $408,764 $440,483 $480,216

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Leslie Raymond

Leslie Raymond joined the Ann Arbor Film Festival as its executive director in August 2013. In September 2019, Raymond’s leadership role expanded to include festival programming. Prior to her position with AAFF, as a teaching artist and educator, she founded the New Media Program at University of Texas at San Antonio and served as an assistant professor of art in digital video and new media art at Oakland University, where she was recognized with an Innovations in Teaching award. Raymond is a Film Festival Alliance board member, and a third-generation American of Chinese and Jewish descent. She holds a BFA in film/video from the Rhode Island School of Design, MFA in new genres from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, and also studied film, video, and new media art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
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Board chair

Damani Partridge

U-M College of LSA

Term: 2023 -

Damani Partridge

U-M College of LSA

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Filmmaker, Writer

Johannes von Molkte

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/21/2023

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.