Ann Arbor Film Festival World Tour Comes to Frankfort

FRANKFORT, MI (July 31, 2015) The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) is proud to announce the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program will screen at dozens of venues throughout the world, from Frankfurt, Germany all the way to Frankfort, Michigan’s historic Garden Theater.

Recent independent and experimental short films from the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival are about to travel the world. The tour includes award winning and select documentary, experimental, animated and narrative films. Galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts center and cinémathèques throughout the world will host the AAFF Tour from July 2015 through February 2016.

As part of the this year’s AAFF Touring Program, the Garden Theater in Frankfort will show a special series of films, created specifically for the Garden’s audience, which includes the best short films from this year’s tour. The tour will screen at the Garden Theater for one night only on Thursday, August 6 at 8pm. Admission is $9 per person for all ages.

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.

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 full program of the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program can be found at:

About the Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America, internationally recognized as a premier forum for film as an art form. The AAFF receives more than 3,000 submissions annually from over 70 countries and serves as one of a handful of AcademyAward qualifying festivals in the United States. The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour, and each year visits more than 35 theaters, universities, museums and art house cinemas around the world. The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival took place March 24-29, 2015 with the 54th annual festival happening March 15-20, 2016. For more information, visit

About the Garden Theater

The Garden Theater, located at 301 Main Street in downtown Frankfort Michigan, was originally built in 1923 and renovated beginning in 2008. The Garden shows firstrun, independent and foreign films, and is home to the annual Frankfort Film Festival. The Garden Theater is available to rent for private and corporate gatherings, charity fundraisers, wedding receptions and other special events. Learn more by visiting


Rick Schmitt