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Stamps Student Work on Display at the 62nd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Stamps School of Art & Design and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) have shared a collaborative partnership for over two decades. From screening new films by faculty, alums, and students to creating opportunities for students to be involved, the long-standing tradition continues with the 62nd annual festival, which takes place March 26 — 31 at the Michigan Theater.

Four Stamps students’ trailers were selected for screening during the AAFF. They will screen at the Michigan Theater throughout the festival, where hundreds of festival-goers will view them. The selected students include Dylan Chen, Sophia Bentley, Liv Sessums, and Ellie Kooney. The students produced the work under the guidance of Professor Heidi Kumao in their Fall 2023 Experimental Animation class. Kumao represents the Stamps School by playing a pivotal role at the AAFF.

Dylan Chen

Sophia Bentley

Liv Sessums

Ellie Kooney

Kumao also selected ten students’ work to be presented at North Quad Space 2435 at the University of Michigan as part of the festival’s New Voices series. Student film and animation work from regional schools will be shown on monitors in the University of Michigan North Quad Space 2435 from March 26 – 31. The students whose work will be featured include:

  • Coco Delvecchio

  • Jasper Morris

  • Sophia Bentley

  • Mari Kamidoi

  • Abigail Lowe

  • Alyssa Huang

  • Kara Vaka

  • Aranza Stanton

  • Meghan Mccarthy

  • Madison Grosvenor

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental film festival in North America and is recognized and respected as one of the best film festivals in the world. Kumao encourages students to get involved with the festival (as interns, volunteers, or by making a trailer) because it provides aspiring animators and filmmakers with valuable professional experience with a high-profile local arts organization.

Learn more about the 62nd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival and the schedule of events.