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Due to the ongoing health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to reschedule the 2020 Cinetopia Film Festival to August 21-30, 2020. 

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What is Cinetopia?

The Cinetopia Film Festival, produced by the Michigan Theater Foundation, is Southeast Michigan’s curated 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 curated 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+.

As part of the Michigan Theater Foundation, Cinetopia Film Festival is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status.

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"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

"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."

– 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

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.

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, and many more.

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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A2 Tech Film Showcase

A diverse, thought provoking film showcase, brought to you by Ann Arbor’s tech community.

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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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