Tour Program

The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour concept, starting with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles and Berkeley in 1964. 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 July 2015 and continuing through February 2016, the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will visit galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts centers and cinematheques throughout the world. Our tour offers several distinct programs of recent independent and experimental short films from the 53rd 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 some 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 AAFF Tour offers a digital program (divided into two 90-minute parts) and a 16mm program. Click here to see the complete listing of programs from the 53rd festival.

Tour Schedule

The tour visits cities across the country, check the schedule to find out when and where it will be in a city near you! Click here to see the 53rd schedule.


You can book the tour in separate program or together. To discuss tour programming at your venue, or if you have questions, please email Tim Harkins at


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.

To book the tour at your venue, please email Ellie White at

"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