ann arbor film festival 59th call for en


AAFF seeks new media moving image artworks for our virtual

gallery space, live expanded cinema performances to stream

worldwide, and engaging salon sessions to help audiences

learn and connect during the online 59th AAFF.


Artists, please submit your proposals for the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) In the Screen! program, an online intermedia series to be held during the upcoming 59th AAFF (March 23–28, 2021), featuring:

  • Expanded and live cinema performances to be streamed during the online festival

  • New media virtual installations (to be included in our virtual gallery) designed to be viewed on a screen

  • Educational salon sessions that allow audiences to connect, learn, participate, and interact through the virtual space, and may innovate in new forms of virtual gathering.


Review criteria

  • AAFF’s ability to technically support the work and it's presentation during festival week. 

  • Work that breaks new ground, is innovative, and experimental.

  • Salon sessions and artwork that emphasizes connection and exploration of group dynamics as well as the potential for co-creating in the virtual space; social sculpture/relational aesthetics

  • Work that is designed to be viewed on screen, especially a personal screen such as a phone, computer, or tv.

  • Artists are especially encouraged to propose a presentation that intentionally engages participants with material that complements the general content of the festival.


Bring us your challenging and aesthetically potent works of art, and be part of a meaningful ongoing conversation about the culture of the moving image. Please note that the entire festival will exist within an online format. 


Expanded cinema performances could include, but are not limited to:


  • projector experiments 

  • live performances that interface with film or screen

  • VJ sessions and immersive environments for afterparties

Virtual Gallery Proposals could include, but are not limited to:

  • VR or AR artworks

  • Interactive web based installations

  • Web art and poetic computation


Salon Session formats could include:


  • lightning talks (Pecha Kucha–style brief presentations)

  • process demos or lessons; concise “how-to” presentations by makers on technique 

  • moderated conversations

  • panels, workshops, and guided discussions 


(Please, no academic papers or TED Talks.)


Examples of past activities from our Off The Screen series include:

  • Michaela Grill and Sophie Trudeau’s performance "glimmer," an 'improvisation between image and sound—explorations of audiovisual worlds filled with fragile structures of melody and shadows of images'

  • Kit Young’s a/v performance "A Concise History of American Progress," live-streamed on twitch

  • A student roundtable discussion among students from Texas and Michigan on the subject of girls and video games

  • A “16mm Etching and Digital Manipulation Workshop” by Russell Sheaffer and Aaron Michael Smith 


Use this form to submit a proposal.


Costs and Benefits

In the Screen! participants will receive a full pass to attend the 59th AAFF and a small honoraria. AAFF has a desire to accommodate innovative, experimental works. Feel free to contact us with questions.


Please Note

All works shall exist within the virtual realm and will not be eligible for 59th AAFF films in competition awards.


Submit your proposal here.

Submissions closes: Friday September 25,  2020

Results will be announced: Friday, October 23, 2020

Festival dates: March 24–29, 2020 

Please direct any questions to:


PO Box 8232 Ann Arbor, MI 48107

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