The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour which launched in 1964 with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles and Berkeley. Since that time, the AAFF Tour has presented hundreds of influential works, including films by Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn and Jay Rosenblatt.

Beginning in August 2016 and continuing through February 2017, the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will visit galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts centers and cinematheques throughout the world. This year we offer two distinct programs of recent independent and experimental short films from the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival across all genres: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative and hybrids.

The tour provides filmmakers the unique opportunity of having their work screened in front of audiences for whom, in many places, the tour venue is their only access to this form of film art. Each filmmaker participating in the AAFF Tour is also paid for each tour stop, thereby helping to directly support their filmmaking.

The 54th AAFF Tour offers both a digital program and a 16mm program, each featuring a different selection of films:

Nine new experimental, animated, documentary and narrative videos including Mateusz Sadowski’s Resonance, Winner of the Chris Frayne Best Animated Film Award, and Ralitsa Doncheva’s Baba Dana Talks to the Wolves, Winner of the Eileen Maitland Award for Women’s Voice. The program also features Bisonhead (Elizabeth Lo), The Mess (Peter Burr), The Perpetual Motion of My Love for You (Karen Yasinsky), Love Under Will of the Hags Long Tooth (Mica O’Herlihy), Fundir (Allison Cekala), and not even nothing can be free of ghosts (Ranier Kohlberger). [Full Program PDF]

16MM PROGRAM -  62 Minutes
Ten new 16mm films from some of the festival’s favorite filmmaking talent including Australian Paper by Minjung Kim, winner of the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker, and the two winning selections of the Kodak Best Cinematography Award: Pablo Mazzolo’s Fish Point and Antoinette Zwirchmayer’s House and Universe. The program also features First Rodeo (Vera Brunner Sung), Iron Condor (Meredith Lackey), Gasometers 3 (Nicky Hamlyn), Pixel Jungle (Klara Ravat), Coming Cold (Robert Todd), Film for Rewinds Vol 1 (Andrew Busti), and Dingbat’s Revenge (Scott Fitzpatrick). [Full Program PDF]

Tour Schedule

Dates and venues will be updated as available: 

Rice University (Houston, TX) 10.14.2016, 10.15.2016
Mt. Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) 10.27.2016
Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) 12.4.2016
BealArt (London, Ontario, Canada) 1.11.2017
Grosse Pointe Public Library (Grosse Pointe, MI) 1.18.2017
Detroit Film Theater (Detroit, MI) 1.21.2017
Nickelodeon Theatre (Columbia, SC) 1.24.2017
Mini Microcinema (Cincinatti, OH) 1.26.2017

Cranbrook Academy of Art (Cranbrook, MI) 1.28.2017
Ann Arbor District Library (Ann Arbor, MI) 2.2.2017
Speed Art Museum (Louisville, KY) 2.2.2017 - 2.5.2017
Edge Hill University (Ormskirk, England) 2.9.2017
Grand Illusion Cinema (Seattle, WA) 2.11.2017
Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI) 2.21.2017
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) 2.23.2017
Texas Theatre (Dallas, TX) 2.23.2017
Indie Memphis Film Festival (Memphis, TN) 3.8.2017


For more information about booking the tour, including rates, see our 54th AAFF Tour Guide. To discuss tour programming at your venue, or if you have questions, please email us at The 55th AAFF Tour will be available for booking beginning in June 2017.


To assist with promotion of your AAFF Tour program, we provide high-quality still images, a customized PDF for printing posters/flyers, a customized PDF program summary, festival graphics and copy. In addition, the AAFF promotes each tour stop on its website and monthly eNewsletter (12,000 active subscribers), and will conduct basic press outreach to each tour stops host city to help ensure media coverage.

"The AAFF touring show is a superbly curated collection that allows Filmforum to provide its audience with the latest and best, well documented and supported with publicity materials."  -- Adam Hyman, Programmer, Los Angeles Filmforum

"The AAFF has been at the forefront of experimental and avant-garde programming for decades and Brooklyn audiences appreciated the opportunity to see the latest work from both leading and emerging independent filmmakers."  -- Florence Almozini, Director of Programming, BAMcinématek, NYC 

"The AAFF Tour fills our theater whenever its in town. It's not just an opportunity to see both primitive and cutting-edge cinema, its a chance to see the WORLD- as it is, imagined and re-created by filmmakers."  -- Angel Vasquez, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University