Closing Night Film: Autonomy

A cinematic exploration of the world of automated vehicles—from their technical history to the personal narratives of those affected by them

Closing Night Block Party at Mcity

Get ready for a real street party in a fake town! Join us at Mcity, a 32-acre closed test facility and proving grounds for autonomous vehicles

What is Cinetopia?

The Cinetopia Film Festival is an annual, curated festival in Ann Arbor and metro and downtown Detroit, featuring more than 50 of the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals (Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, and more). It takes place over the span of 10 days every spring at venues throughout the region.

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How to Fest

Passes vs. tickets, where to park, planning your schedule

Why to Fest

What is it about film festivals, anyway?

Latest Updates

Find changes to the schedule, late additions to the program, and the like over here

Special Programs

Detroit Voices
Short Film Competition

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

Ann Arbor 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.

The Arab Film Festival

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

U-M Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers Symposium

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, John Sayles, and Orson Welles. Together they make U-M a major destination for research on these American maverick filmmakers.

Join us this May as we celebrate NANCY SAVOCA as a member of this prestigious group. Panels, screenings, and special guests (including Ms. Savoca herself) will take part.

"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

Our Venues

Cinetopia spans the greater Detroit Metropolitan area, with venues in downtown Detroit, Dearborn, Bloomfield Twp, Royal Oak, and Ann Arbor.

Michigan Theater

603 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

Arab American National Museum

13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126

The Maple Theater

4135 W Maple Rd
Bloomfield Twp, MI 48301

State Theatre

233 S State S
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Wright Museum

315 E Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Cinema Detroit

4126 Third Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Emagine Royal Oak

200 N Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Senate Theater

6424 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

Angell Hall

435 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Cinetopia Latest Updates

Check back here for the latest announcements!

Do Not Miss! Cinetopia 2019 Staff Picks Episode 2

Welcome to the second post highlighting the films the Cinetopia team thinks are “DO NOT MISS” at this year’s festival. This time, we'll hear from Makenzie Peecook, Cinetopia programming committee member and Conference Manager for Art House Convergence. DO NOT MISS -...

Do Not Miss! Cinetopia 2019 Staff Picks

Welcome to the first in a series of posts highlighting the films the Cinetopia team thinks are “DO NOT MISS” at this year’s festival. First up: Sam Ankenbauer, Cinetopia programming committee member. DO NOT MISS - Sam’s recommendations Complicity: Every year, I go to...

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Jamie & Cheryl Buhr/Buhr Foundation

John Dryden & Diana Raimi

Host Committee

Alec & Judy Allen

Marianne Andreach


Ann Arbaugh

Anne Baird (In Memory of Hans C. Cozak)

Ruth Bardenstein & Jim Roll

Joan Binkow

Arthur & Nancy Brickman

Susan & Ollie Cameron

Connie Crump & Jay Simrod

Martha Darling & Gil Omenn

Barb & Jeff Duncan

Paul & Judy Freedman

Tavi Fulkerson

Paul Glantz

Howard Hertz

Brian & Lisa Krause

Tamara L. Kutter

Anthony LaVerde

Katy Locker


Hillary Murt & Bruce Friedman

Rishi & Alison Narayan

Marschall S. Runge, MD

Jim & Gwynn Sterken

Eric & Ines Storhok

Shawn Thompson

Frances Todoro-Hargreaves

Brent & Lynly Williams

Shawn Wilson