People in Ann Arbor and Detroit are excitedly preparing for the second annual Cinetopia International Film Festival, taking place this coming weekend.
The festival debuted in Ann Arbor last year. After a successful trial run, it's back this year and it's larger than before. Films will be screened at venues in Ann Arbor and at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.
The festival will be showing 43 films starting Thursday, June 6, and running through Sunday, June 9. For several of these films, the festival will be their Michigan or Midwest premiere.
According to a report by Tom Long in The Detroit News:
Film festivals have been popping up like dandelions in southeastern Michigan in recent years, but none has had the potential of Cinetopia in that it is being presented by the region's two premier nonprofit film exhibitors.
Film festivals don't just benefit film lovers. The state of Utah estimates the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City brought in $65 million worth of auxiliary business to the state — lodging, restaurants, transportation, etc. The city of Austin, Texas, estimates its 2012 SXSW festival injected more than $190 million into its economy.
Russ Collins, the executive director of the Michigan Theater, told Long that last year’s Cinetopia sold 5,000 tickets – far exceeding the 2,500 tickets they expected. Collins estimates that the fest brought in an extra half million dollars to Ann Arbor.
Tickets and passes:
Individual ticket prices are $12 and a voucher booklet of ten tickets is $108. If you have a membership to the Michigan Theater or the Detroit Institute of Arts, single tickets are $12 and a voucher is $81.
Passes for the whole festival are also available.
Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9
Full schedule is available online.
- Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
- State Theater, 233 S. State St.
- Angell Hall Auditorium A, 435 S. State St.
- Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave.
Having trouble deciding which films to see? These are a few at the top of my list:
- Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about the reclusive creator of Calvin & Hobbes.
- Broken, promoted as a modern-day To Kill A Mockingbird, the film follows the protagonist - a tomboy named Skunk - in a coming-of-age story
- Wrong, a surrealist account of a man on the search for his lost dog
Check out the Cinetopia website for more FAQs and festival details.
-Julia Field, Michigan Radio Newsroom