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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:19 pm 
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Film fest scores victory in First Amendment fight

A premier independent film festival has won a court fight meant to ensure states are unable to censor artistic events by withholding federal funds meant to promote creative endeavors.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival -- a showcase of "artistically inspired independent and experimental films" --claimed in a federal lawsuit that Michigan lawmakers "unconstitutionally" withheld federal grants because they found some of the festival's content "objectionable."

The film festival filed its case against the state of Michigan along with the ACLU. The state has since agreed to lift all content restrictions on federal funds, and the parties agreed to settle the lawsuit.

"This decision isn't only a victory for artistic freedom of expression, but a reminder to stand up and ensure that our government is held accountable for the power they wield,” said Christen McArdle, AAFF Executive Director told Film Threat. “We are pleased that arbitrary guidelines will no longer be used to deny artists their creative rights.”

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