Sunday, September 5, 2010

Call For Submissions: New York Arab & South Asian Short Video Slam

Thursday, September 30, 2010

11:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts


For the first annual New York Arab & South Asian Short Video Slam (NYA & SA SVS)

Deadline: September 30, 2010

Seeking new short videos (produced 2006 or later) by South Asian and Arab directors OR videos about those regions and their diasporas by filmmakers of all backgrounds.

Videos of all genres are welcome, including conceptual and political video art. Please limit these video to 20 mins or less Total Running Time.

The 2010 NYA&SA Short Video Slam will present the best in recent short videos that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of North Africa, the Middle East, Iran, South Asia, and their diasporas. The NYA&SA Short Video Slam will take place in late October 2010 at the Alwan for the Arts Space at 16 Beaver Street in Lower Manhattan.

Alwan for the Arts & 3rd i NY have been co-presenting monthly film screenings and a combined film festival for over 3 years. These started at the now defunct Two Boots Pioneer Theater, where due to low costs and a basement venue for pizza and beer receptions after the screening, we were able to create a lively space for filmmakers and film enthusiasts to interact. While we have continued our monthly series and for two years our festival at the Tribeca Cinemas, the space does not accommodate these informal post-screening discussions and is more conducive to showing feature films from abroad than local independent and experimental work. We'd like to once again play a greater role as a showcase for aesthetically, politically, theoretically and/or technically innovative work as well serve as a meeting place filmmakers and film aficionados.

As a participating filmmaker you will benefit from the deep level of engagement provided by the audience members that Alwan & 3rd i NY has cultivated over the last few years of intense programming, who are more knowledgeable than general audiences about the history, languages, and cultures of the North African, Middle Eastern, and South and Central Asian regions. They enjoy healthy debate and cross-cultural learning. They are diverse in their ages, incomes, and professional backgrounds. They often come to many screenings or cultural events per year, and appreciate the opportunity to engage with artists, writers, thinkers, and cultural producers. Alwan's loft space's open layout makes it easy to quickly convert it from screening to social gathering, and it is close to numerous trains.

To submit please include:

1) DVD or VHS (NTSC or PAL) preview copy
2) Synopsis, running time, year, country and year of production
3) Director bio, cast/crew list
4) Screening history, Awards
5) All possible screening formats available
6) Contact email, phone #, website if available
7) If above info provided on CD, please also include film stills at 300 dpi as tiff or jpeg as part of the EPK


Video Slam Submissions
ATTN: Melissa Forstrom
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10004

Tel.: 646.732.3261

Materials will be returned if prepaid from USA, self addressed envelope is
provided. If selected, you will be notified by October 30, 2010.

For questions or to submit electronically email:

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