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 May at venues throughout the region.

Our Venues

Each year, Cinetopia is made possible by a number of wonderful cultural sites in Southeastern Michigan. From Ann Arbor to Detroit, from the Michigan Theater to the Maple Theater, these venues are the heart of the festival.

"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

Within the overall festival, Cinetopia partners with a number of specialized film festivals. Each program showcases enriching films by individuals with diverse backgrounds, bringing a special experience to each audience member and to the whole of Cinetopia. Our partners include Detroit Voices, the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival, the Dearborn Arab American National Museum’s Arab Film Festival, and U-M Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers.

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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A Special Thanks to Our Major Sponsors

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