The Ann Arbor Film Festival 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 by film artists including Barbara H ammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn, and Jay Rosenblatt.
The 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will visit galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts centers, and cinematheques throughout the world. This year we offer three distinct programs of recent independent and experimental short films from the 57th 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 57th AAFF tour offers three distinct digital programs—including, for the first time ever as a tour-stop option, the festival's "Almost All Ages" program. The "Almost All Ages" program is appropriate for people six years and older, in terms of both the content included and the attention span required. It’s also more easily accessible to people of all ages who may be new to experimental film.