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What is Cinetopia?

The Cinetopia Film Festival, produced by the Michigan Theater Foundation, is Southeast Michigan’s regional film festival serving multicultural audiences from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Bloomfield Township, and all points in between.

Over the course of 10 days each May, Cinetopia brings over 120 film screenings of 60+ narrative and documentary films from the world’s leading industry and regional film festivals (Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, and many more!) to a growing audience of 40,000+.

Our Venues

Each year, Cinetopia is made possible by a number of wonderful cultural sites located around Southeastern Michigan, from Ann Arbor to Metro Detroit.

"Cinetopia is clearly run by a staff that loves movies and knows their community. I had wonderful experience screening our film to curious and thoughtful audiences in a glorious old theater with modern amenities. I look forward to coming back!"

– Martha Stephens, Director

"I have to say that Cinetopia for two years in a row is No.1 in my books as a Film Festival for overall production, the best staff, volunteers and coverage. For any filmmaker that doesnt know, if you want First Class experience with your film, do what you can to get into Cinetopia. You will have a great experience."

– John Campbell, Producer

"You'll have plenty of chances to see some of the best independent features and documentaries out there - plus the work of local emerging talent."

– Detroit Free Press

"The festival's programming is wide-ranging and eclectic - a mix of big name festival breakout hits as well as the obscure."

– Detroit Metro Times

"A buffet for film fanatics."

– CBS Detroit

"Cinetopia...grace[s] theatres in the Ann Arbor and Detroit metropolitan areas with a variety of dark full-length feature dramas, sardonic comedies, documentaries, and shorts to satisfy any local cinephile."

– Michigan Daily

Special Programs

Cinetopia is fortunate to partner with a number of specialized local film festivals and organizations. Our partners have included the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival, Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum’s Arab Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival (the oldest advant-garde film festival in North America), the University of Michigan’s Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers, and Detroit’s College of Creative Studies.

Detroit Voices

Detroit Voices is a local short film competition that champions Michigan filmmakers by showcasing the talent and creative spirit of our state. 2019 Winners and finalists announced!

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Jewish Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival seeks to bring the global Jewish experience to the greater community through the medium of film.

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Arab Film Festival

Brought to you by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, the Arab Film Festival brings you the best of the best films from the Arab World and Arab American community to the doorstep of metro Detroit.

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U-M Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers

University of Michigan’s Hatcher Library is home to extensive archives and materials documenting the careers of several American filmmakers known for coloring outside the lines: Robert Altman, Ira Deutchman, Alan Rudolph, Nancy SavocaJohn Sayles, and Orson Welles. Together they make the University a major destination for research on these American maverick filmmakers.

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