A broad variety of special programs are planned for the 55th AAFF, and artists and programmers from all over the world will be in attendance to engage with the audience.

This includes strong Asian representation this year with “Video Bureau: Works From an Archive of Chinese Video Art,” programmed by Ellen Zweig; a screening and installations by Taiwanese artist Yuan Goang-Ming; and special presentation of the Japanese avant-garde film classic A Page of Madness (1926) by Teinosuke Kinugasa, with distinguished Japanese benshi Ichiro Kataoka and live music performed by world-renowned local experimental music darlings Little Bang Theory.

The New Negress Film Society (NNFS) have been commissioned by the AAFF and the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series to produce a screening of works by African-American women artists; John Canciani of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland) will present “100 YE∀ЯS OF DADA: Dada in Dialogue with the Present,” a short film program he curated with Aline Juchler; and a program of new voices will be screened by Andrew Rosinski, founder of DINCA, featuring fresh video work from today’s young internet & post-internet artists, performative video-makers and new media pranksters.

We also are thrilled to announce that AAFF queen bee Pat Oleszko will take the stage again this year with a new performance. Along with Simon Tarr’s live cinema performance Blood Lust of the Wolf, these presentations are an indication of what is in store with our new "Off the Screen!" series of performances, installations, and salons being planned for the 55th AAFF.