Festival Extras!

Cinetopia International Film Festival is proud to present additional events to enrich your film-going experiences, as well as showcase the work of local organizations, artists, and venues throughout Detroit and Ann Arbor.

All events are FREE and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

Also visit the pages for Panel DiscussionsDetroit Voices and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for more free event information!

Disney Animator Andreas Deja Discusses THE NINE OLD MEN

2015 ‘Disney Legend’ award-winning animator ANDREAS DEJA offers a special book discussion covering Walt Disney’s team of core animators, who he affectionately called his “Nine Old Men.”  Known for creating Disney’s most famous works — Deja being an apprentice to the Nine Old Men himself — take a journey with him as he discusses their techniques that include figure drawing, acting, story structure, and character animation.  Revealing rare drawings and clips that delve into the Disney animation history, our featured guest will help give us first-hand insight as to what went into creating these timeless characters from some of Disney’s most memorable features; with a wink of inspiration for you to add a little magic into your next sketch or artwork.

Saturday, June 11, 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Michigan Theater – Screening Room
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor

Only Yesterday

Join us for two free screenings of this long-awaited animated masterpiece from the award-winning STUDIO GHIBLI. Reflections on life and love are top of mind for Taeko (voiced by DAISY RIDLEY) as she travels to the countryside to visit family from her longtime home of Tokyo. When she connects with young farmer Toshio (voiced by DEV PATEL) at the station, her journey leads her to wonder if she has become what her childhood self would have imagined.

Friday, June 3, 9:30 PM
North Lawn of the DIA, Detroit

Saturday, June 11, Noon
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

DAFT's 48th Michigan Student Film Festival - Best of Show Senior Reel

More than 400 entries were submitted this year to the 48th Michigan Student Film Festival, recognized by the American Film Institute as the longest running K-12 student festival in the nation. Sixty judges in three different screening locations chose these 30 examples of excellence–honored as “Best of Show” (Grades 9-12) on April 2 at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre. DIGITAL ARTS FILM AND TELEVISION (Daftonline.org) has been the proud sponsor of the festival since it’s inception. Come see what these young filmmakers created and listen to their inspiration at a post-screening Q&A!

Sunday, June 5, 12:15 PM
Cinema Detroit, 4126 Third St., Detroit

The Legacies Project: Encouraging Intergenerational Interaction through the Power of Filmmaking

Since 2010, students in Skyline High School’s Communications, Media and Public Policy magnet have participated in the LEGACIES PROJECT, creating genuine connections between students and senior citizens. Students are trained to videotape comprehensive oral histories of local seniors and then work with their fellow students to produce short films for public presentation. These screening events are a celebration of the lives of local senior citizens and add to the growing archive of Ann Arbor’s history.

Sunday, June 5, 1:00 PM
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor

Michael Jackson Sing-Along & Dance Party

Michael Jackson wasn’t just a great musician, he also created amazing short films! He enlisted directors like Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Spike Lee, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and David Fincher to help create his iconic music videos. Join us under the stars for two nights of music, dancing and getting funky.

Wednesday, June 8
Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Thursday, June 9
324 Maynard Street (between Liberty & William), Ann Arbor
Screening made possible by Jamie and Cheryl Buhr

Festivities start at 7:30 PM, Film at dusk

Screening of RESILIENCE and DJ Holiday CD Release Party

Join us for a screening of French director ARNO BITSCHY’s compelling depiction of the struggles and triumphs of Detroit in the time between the bankruptcy declaration and the Mayor’s 2015 State of the City speech. .Bitschy captures Detroiters speaking about what’s bad in their city (foreclosures and water shut-offs) and what’s good (community, creativity, and toughness), with a captivating soundtrack provided by local jazz and rap artists, including DJ HOLIDAY AND BAND, who will perform following the film and Q&A. Presented in partnership with PROGRESSIVE ARTS and CINEMA DETROIT.

$20 per person (at the door); Festival Pass holders are admitted for FREE!

Friday, June 10, 7 PM
Bert’s Warehouse Theatre
2739 Russell St., Eastern Market, Detroit