58th Ann Arbor Film Festival


Expanded Cinema Performances, New Media Installations, and Salons

at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival  |  March 24 – 29, 2020

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Melissa Airy engages the audience at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Opening Night in the Grand Foyer of the Michigan Theater.


Off the Screen! is an intermedia series to be held during the upcoming 58th AAFF (March 24–29, 2020), featuring:


  • expanded and live cinema performances

  • new media installations (including virtual and augmented reality)

  • educational salon sessions, typically 5 to 45 minutes in length


Artists, you are invited to submit 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 festival week in various locations throughout Ann Arbor. Possible venues include storefront windows, galleries, and the Michigan Theater lobby. 


Installation proposals could include, but are not limited to:

  • VR or AR artworks

  • Interactive installations

  • Screen-based art-and-tech artworks

  • 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 include:

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

  • Chorus for the Untrained Operator, an interactive installation by Stephan Moore and Peter Bussigel presenting a collection of found objects “relieved of [their] original responsibilities” and wired to a 1940s switchboard

  • 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 


All proposals must have: 

  • a title and short description of the proposed activity or installation

    • what will the audience see?

    • if applicable, include the length and exhibition history

  • 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


Off the Screen! venues include: 


  • Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan (U-M)

  • Space 2435 at the U-M’s North Quad complex

  • 117 Gallery at the Ann Arbor Art Center

  • Michigan Theater lobby 

  • Storefront windows in downtown Ann Arbor

List of venues and specifications

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Jason and Debora Bernagozzi present their expanded cinema performance Ritual for Biological Media at the Michigan Theater at the 57th AAFF


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. For more information on the festival and its history, please click here.


Proposals due: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Acceptances announced: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Festival dates: March 24 – 29, 2020


While we seek sessions of 45-minutes and shorter, please do not be deterred if your session requires a longer time frame; simply note the length in your proposal. Off the Screen! participants will receive a full pass to attend the 58th AAFF. Our hope is that other expenses will be covered through support from the presenters’ institutional affiliates. Despite limited resources, we do provide a small stipend, housing, and local ground transportation. AAFF has a desire to accommodate innovative, experimental works. Feel free to contact us with questions. Artists who participated in OTS! 57 are not eligible to be selected for OTS! 58.

[Please direct any questions to: submissions@aafilmfest.org]

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Jerusalem in My Heart at Lo-Fi at the 57th AAFF