Ann Arbor, Mich. - After a successful expanded run in Detroit this past June, the Michigan Theater and Detroit Film Theatre announced yesterday that the Cinetopia International Film Festival will be even bigger in 2014. The festival will grow to five days (June 4-8), add more Detroit venues, create new special programs, and bring in additional filmmakers for pre- and post-film events. The festival is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees this year.

Cinetopia 2014 will feature more than 100 screenings of 45+ films, split evenly between venues in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Besides the Detroit Film Theatre, additional Detroit venues include the College for Creative Studies, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Cinema Detroit, and Michigan Science Center. In addition to the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor venues include the State Theater, the University of Michigan Modern Languages Building, and a rooftop theater.

The Cinetopia Film Festival is able to increase its scope thanks to a $50,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge, which funds innovative projects that engage and enrich Detroit. The support of presenting sponsors AT&T Michigan, Toyota, and MASCO Corporation Foundation is also critical to this expansion.

Cinetopia tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 9. Individual tickets are $12 for the general public and $9 for DIA, DFT, Wright Museum, and Michigan Theater members. Ticket booklets and festival passes will also be available.

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