Submit Your Proposal for the 58th AAFF


Artists, please submit your proposals to the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) for Off the Screen!,

an intermedia series to be held during the upcoming 58th AAFF (March 24–29, 2019), featuring:


  • expanded and live cinema performances

  • new media installations (including virtual and augmented reality)

  • educational salon sessions


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.


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


New media works of all sorts are considered for display during the festival week in various locations throughout Ann Arbor. Possible venues include storefront windows, galleries, and the Michigan Theater lobby. 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 include:


• “High-Fructose Cinema and the Movie Industrial Complex:

Radicalizing the Technology of Representation in a Domestic Kind of Way,” an anarchic lecture by Bryan Konefsky, of Experiments in Cinema

• “Swarm House,” a birdhouse microcinema installation presented by artist Laurie O’Brien

• Wenhua Shi’s "Senses of Time," a site-specific installation depicting the lyrical and poetic passage of time

• A student roundtable discussion that brought together students from Texas and Michigan to discuss girls and video games

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

• Many more

Good Evening Gumm performing at the Ann Arbor Art Center. Posters in the background are part of Radical Media//Radical Democracy: The Future Has a Past, an exhibition by David Olson.

The audience consists of the general public, filmmakers, writers, teachers, and film programmers. Artists are especially encouraged to propose a presentation that intentionally engages participants with material that complements the general content of the festival.

If you wish to conduct an activity or presentation, please submit a 400-word proposal for a work within one of these categories:


  • an expanded cinema performance

  • a new media installation

  • a Salon Session

    • Typically 5 to 45 minutes

    • If your session requires a different time frame, please note the proposed length in your proposal


For all types of proposals, please include:


  • a title and short description of the proposed activity or installation, including length (if applicable) and exhibition history (if applicable)

  • the intended audience

  • a detailed description of the technical requirements, including equipment needed, whether artist-supplied or to be shipped (please include shipping requirements)

  • space requirements

  • a 75-word bio

  • an overview of previous work

Venue information
For Off the Screen!, the Ann Arbor Film Festival traditionally partners with a variety of venues, including such spaces as:



In addition, artists have the opportunity to present their intermedia work in storefront windows in the community and at the Michigan Theater.


Costs and Benefits

Off the Screen! participants will receive a full 57th AAFF pass. Our hope is that other expenses will be covered through support from the presenters' institutional affiliates. We have very limited resources, but lots of desire to accommodate innovative, experimental works. Feel free to contact us with questions.


Please Note

Artists selected to participate in OTS! 57 are not eligible to be selected for OTS! 58.


Please submit your proposal here.

Proposals are due: Monday, October 1, 2018

Results will be announced: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Festival dates: March 26–31, 2019

Please direct any questions to:


PO Box 8232 Ann Arbor, MI 48107

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