Enjoy this trailer for the 54th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, just 3 days away, by filmmaker Mike Olenick. See the full program on the 54th AAFF website and purchase tickets here! Get your tickets early to avoid ticket lines and assure your seat before any program sells out! Online sales open until 3 hours before showtime. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office starting 30 minutes before showtime.


Locally based in a college town that is ranked as one of the best cities for liberals nationwide, the AAFF is nurtured by the atmosphere and the local talents in Ann Arbor and in Michigan. This year, the 54th AAFF is excited to see many local artists engaged in our program through various artistic channels—films, installations, live performances, etc. The AAFF is grateful for their contributions and also amazed by these impressive and vibrant local talents. The Regional Films in Competition program will screen on Sunday, March 20th at 11am and features shorts from filmmakers living in Michigan and Northern Ohio. The program is guest-curated by Milwaukee-based filmmaker and programmer Ben Bal


At the AAFF, the viewers are often drawn into direct dialogue with the works. Grahame Weinbren’s audience-interactive film 78 Letters leads further into active participation. 78 Letters is the most recent iteration of his ongoing series Letters, composed of one-minute films in which the audience determines the sequencing. The program will be presented by Grahame Weinbren himself at 3:15pm, March 20, at Michigan Theater Main Auditorium. Each of the films in Letters is associated with a letter of the alphabet. The audience selects the sequence of films by acclamation, i.e. shouting out the letter film they'd like to see next, so it is 'interactive' in a kindergarten kind of way— a parody of de


Featuring 40 programs ranging from the Saturday morning ‘Family Friendly’ screening to the LGBTQ spotlight, the Ann Arbor Film Festival has something for everyone! Films screening at this year’ s Festival come from more than 35 countries around the world including: Morocco, Thailand, UAE, India, Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, China, Japan, Argentina and the UK. Filmmakers in attendance at this year’s Festival are both native Michiganders, but also travel from as far as Colombia, the UK and Finland. The 54th will also feature a total of 55 premiers, including 22 World Premiers, 18 US Premiers and 22 North American Premiers. Highlights of the 54th Festival include a rare first look at the new


The Saturday morning 11am screening, Films in Competition 5 (Ages 6+) is the perfect weekend activity for families. While films in this program are selected with kids six and up in mind regarding content and attention-span, they are appropriate for people of all ages! This year there are also pre-screening and afternoon activities planned for families, both in the Michigan Theater Lobby and at North Quad Space 2435 on Saturday, March 19th. The film screening opens with a live puppet performance by local artist Tom Carey entitled Thoth in the Kaleidoscope UFO. Thoth, the dog-faced baboon god of ancient Egypt, is taken on a trip through outer space by a group of extra terrestrials. Thoth’s jou


There’s more to AAFF54 than film. Check out our installations in the Michigan Theater lobby and off- site at the Ann Arbor Art Center, the Aquarium Gallery, Encore Records, North Quad Space 2435, WORK Gallery and 111 S. 4th Street. The art collective Flatsitter, from Buffalo NY, will return to the AAFF with their the newest installation THETA. Installed in the Michigan Theater Grand Foyer, viewers are invited to experience this new oculus rift virtual reality project inside of a giant inflated bubble. THETA is a Virtual Reality Experience - described as “an avant-garde guided meditation virtual reality spa experience founded on principles of synesthesia and sensorial decadence.” THETA colla



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