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Call for submissions: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

The next edition of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will take place from 2 to 7 May 2013. As in previous years, works of all genres and formats may be submitted. International productions must not exceed a length of 35 minutes, German productions may not exceed 45 minutes. Films must have been completed after… Read more »

Call for submissions: Chicago Underground Film Festival 2013

The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker. CUFF’s mission is to promote films and videos that dissent radically in form, technique, or content from the “indie” mainstream and to present adventurous works that challenge and transcend commercial and audience expectations. Early Deadline: October 1, 2012 | Regular Deadline: November 15,… Read more »

Call for Submissions: Experiments in Cinema

Basement Films annual Experiments in Cinema film festival is now accepting submissions for Experiments in Cinema v8.53! Next year’s festival will occur April 15-22, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. Postmarked deadline for submissions is December 15, 2012. Fill out the EIC v8.53 online entry form:

Call for submissions: San Francisco International Film Festival

The longest-running festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival, recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and events, is accepting submissions to SFIFF56 (April 25- May 9, 2013). Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. Regular Deadline for submissions: Postmarked November 5, 2012 More information:

Job Opening: Gallery/Sales Director at NIAD Art Center

NIAD Art Center seeks a motivated, energetic, Gallery/Sales Director who will coordinate and implement our exhibition program. NIAD Art Center is the home for 65 artists and the Gallery/Sales Director is responsible for exhibiting, marketing and the selling the art that is produced here. The Gallery/Sales Director will develop the art gallery schedule; select artists… Read more »

Call for Submissions: Parkway Theater Opening Shorts

The New Parkway Theater is looking for short films to present before regularly scheduled features. Themes: Your video may fall into one or more of the following themes: 1. Oakland 2. Parkwayish 3. Theater Etiquette 4. Low Budget Versions of Famous Movie Scenes 5. Fake Ads Length: 2 minutes or less. No minimum requirement. Aesthetic:… Read more »

Call for submissions: Swedenborg International Short Film Festival 2012

Curators: Stephen McNeilly & Nora Foster | Judges: Jeremy Millar & Gareth Evans | Festival Screenings: 30 November 2012 | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH, UK Featuring films of 30 mins or less, the heart of the Swedenborg International Short Film Festival is to showcase the latest new and established talent. Submissions… Read more »

Call for submissions: Mono No Aware

Mono No Aware is an international exhibition open to any person or group of persons making contemporary art that incorporates Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a sculpture, installation, dance, or expanded cinema performance. Mono No Aware is open to experimental filmmakers, fine artists, poets and musicians; to any and… Read more »

Call for submissions: Big Muddy Film Festival

The Big Muddy Film Festival, based at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has become one of the best-respected, wholly independent, community-focused film festivals. In its 35th year, Big Muddy is among the oldest student-organized film festivals in the United States. The Festival provides cash awards to the best works in competition in the categories of experimental,… Read more »

Call for submissions: Strange Beauty Film Festival

The 4th annual Strange Beauty Film Festival is now accepting short fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, underground, funky, and otherwise wholly unclassifiable works that lie somewhere between terrifying normality and sublime fever dreams. Anything goes, up to 30 minutes in length. If you think your film qualifies, it probably does. Submission fee is $10, entries are… Read more »

Kara Herold & Bay Area Artists at ATA

On Thursday night I had the pleasure of working a show at ATA: Lateral Mobility: Creative Works about Getting By. More than just a send-off and fundraiser for filmmaker Kara Herold, it was an impressive collection of films, performance and readings by Bay Area artists. Here are a few of the highlights: A raffle was… Read more »

We watched! It was wild!

Watch This!, a collection of experimental video shorts curated by the Chicago-based programming group The Cinema Culture screened at ATA on Friday night. The shorts were varied and fresh; the content became more dramatic as the program went on, and our audience was engrossed (all except one woman, who nodded off and snored, but she… Read more »

Interview with filmmaker and curator Amir George

We sent Amir George a few questions about Watch This!, a touring program of video art and experimental shorts curated by The Cinema Culture. At ATA on Friday, August 17. What and/or Who is “The Cinema Culture”? The Cinema Culture is a programming group, I started it out of a college dorm around 2007. We… Read more »

Meet Our Volunteers

Each month, we are featuring interviews with the volunteer staff that make ATA possible, recognizing their work at ATA and their contribution to our vibrant artistic community. Here is the interview with Cory Wees who runs OpenScreening. CORY WEES When and why did you start volunteering at ATA? I live in the Mission and have… Read more »

Call for submissions: The Tradewinds Revival Drive-In Screening (ISEA 2012)

Friends of the Orphan Signs in conjunction with ISEA 2012 hosts a special drive-in screening: The Tradewinds Revival, SEPT 21, 2012, 8-11 pm, Albuquerque, NM. Stopping and staying is a form of occupying a space, particularly when groups of people occupy relatively deserted and unremarkable spots such as the lot at San Mateo… Read more »

Call for submissions: Video Slink Uganda

Seeking 3 minute videos or shorter by African-Diaspora artists for Video Slink Uganda, a 2012-2013 apexart Franchise project apexart Franchise Exhibition in Uganda: Feb 6th – March 6th, 2013 Artistic Directors: Paul Falzone and Marisa Jahn (REV-) Ugandan video halls (or “bibanda”) are often no more than small huts where viewers pay a few cents… Read more »

News from Canyon Cinema

SAN FRANCISCO, California—July 30, 2012— Canyon Cinema Inc, today announced that Dominic Angerame, Executive Director will retire after thirty-two years with the company. The Board of Directors, staff and interns will maintain daily operations during the transition and search for a Director. For thirty-two years Dominic Angerame has been the heart, soul, and guiding force… Read more »

Call for submissions: Magic Lantern at Children’s Fairyland

Children’s Fairyland seeks submissions of projected artworks for Magic Lantern, a one-night video exhibition event to take place on Friday, October 12, 2012. Submissions due August 31, 2012. Proceeds from this event will support Fairyland’s Outreach program. Curated by Mary Anne Kluth. The very first projectors to make use of artificial imagery were called magic… Read more »

Call for submissions: Rencontres Internationales

Rencontres Internationales will be held in Paris in November 2012 at Palais de Tokyo and Gaîté Lyrique in November 2012, and in Madrid and Berlin in 2013. The event will feature an international program focused on film, video and multimedia, gathering works of artists and filmmakers recognized on the international scene along with young artists… Read more »

Call for Submissions: Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival 2013

The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX) is Florida’s only film festival devoted to works of avant-garde/experimental/underground cinema. In addition to the annual festival, which takes place every February, FLEX programs events and screenings year round in Gainesville, Florida as well as occasional touring programs of work from the annual festival. The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival… Read more »

Interview with Kevin Kunze, director of “Reconnect”

We connected with Kevin Kunze, director of the documentary film, “Reconnect”.  The film is about cell phone radiation, a major public health threat. At ATA on July 28. The director will be available for Q&A after the screening. What motivated you to make this film? I became motivated to make this film when I started… Read more »

Meet Our Volunteers

Each month, we will feature interviews with the volunteer staff that make ATA possible, recognizing their work at ATA and their contribution to our vibrant artistic community. Here are the first two interviews in this series. The first interview is with Anastasia Pahules who does fundraising and volunteer coordination, and the second is with Sam… Read more »

Call for entries: Crystal Palace: 1st Annual ArtSpace Film/Video Festival

Crystal Palace is an experimental film/video festival curated by Liena Vayzman for ArtSpace’s 15th Anniversary, its crystal anniversary, that calls for crystal-themed, crystallizing, and multi-faceted video and film. Non-narrative and experimental narrative work created in any film/video/digital media format is welcome. Projections will be accepted in DVD format only. Crystals include snowflakes, diamonds, ice crystals,… Read more »

ATA Window Gallery: Liquid Gold-Black Gold, the Golden Age of Whaling

ATA Window Gallery presents: Liquid Gold-Black Gold, the Golden Age of Whaling By Kate Hoffman Until June 30: Closing reception Friday June 29, 5-7pm This month at the ATA window gallery is a segment from Kate Hoffman’s project “Liquid Gold-Black Gold, the Golden Age of Whaling”. Reflected in the project “Liquid Gold-Black Gold” are the… Read more »

Q/A with GAZE Programmers

Isabel Fondevila caught up with Mallary Abel, Brenda Contreras and Kelly Pendergrast, and had a chance to ask them about ATA’s new women-made film series. What inspire the Gaze series and why did you call it Gaze? Mallary: GAZE simply came from the aspiration to start a Women’s film festival. It took about a year… Read more »


 GAZE is a film series dedicated to screening independent film and video made by women. GAZE promotes women’s artistic expression and  creates dialogue related to the influence of this powerful medium. All formats and lengths are accepted, and there is no submission fee. Submission instructions are here. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions

Call for Submissions

The Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, a visual arts exhibition program, is planning a Spring 2012 program of experimental film and new media from the Middle East, North Africa, and their diasporas. Inspired by the Arab Spring and its potential for a radical redress of oppressive structures of power,… Read more »

ATA Announces Band Line-Up for December Fundraiser


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Artists’ Television Access announces the band line-up for its Sunday, December 11, 2011 fundraiser, The ATA Winter Beach Formal. Shannon & the Clams Buffalo Tooth Primitive Hearts Chen Santa Maria Puce Moment Cool Ghouls American Splits There will be a raffle with amazing prizes and limited edition tote bags designed by… Read more »

Artists’ Television Access announces 6th Annual Film & Video Festival program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The 6th Annual Artists’ Television Access Film & Video Festival celebrates original, independent and underground film & video with screenings, a filmmaker reception, a media installation and a hands-on workshop, October 19-23. On Wednesday, October 19, ATA will kick off the festival with a reception, open to the public. Stop by… Read more »

Tonight! Japanese Tsunami Relief hosted by Other Cinema at ATA!

OTHER CINEMA‘s Spring ’11 screening calendar is in fact extended into June with the extraordinary addition of a special program that responds to world crises during the term of our on-going series… Fujiyama in Red (after the1990 Kurosawa movie that foresaw the catastrophe) is a live A/V show that we’re staging to raise funds for Japanese Tsunami Relief…. Read more »

‘Drawing Crowds: A Night Out with the Hillbillies of Valencia Street’


Artists’ Television Access celebrates the first five years of the ATA Annual Film & Video Festival with a retrospective screening at the Roxie, Playback: 2006-2010, April 19th, 2011. The program includes works by Tommy Becker, Ariel Diaz, Paul Clipson, Zachary Epcar, Sam Barnett, Jibz Cameron & Hedia Maron, John Palmer, Rachel Manera, Carl Diehl, Martha… Read more »

Call for Entries: 6th Annual ATA Film & Video Festival

Artists’ Television Access invites experimental film and video makers to submit their work to its 6th Annual ATA Film and Video Festival. Works including but not limited to, animation, documentary, narrative, abstract and found footage based will be accepted. Also, this year we are open for proposals for workshops, installations and media performances. The ATA… Read more »

Cut and Run’s 2011 Experimental European Tour – Call for Submissions – Call for Venue Proposals

“Cut and Run began in early 2009 in San Francisco as a single screening event at Artists’ Television Access. It has since evolved into an annual traveling film festival featuring experimental and avant-garde cinema, both contemporary and past works. “C + R celebrates works that deviate from mainstream and traditional cinema and opt towards authentic,… Read more »

ATA Film & Video Festival: Lightstruck Workshop Film!

Check-out this film created in Kerry Laitala’s Lightstruck workshop. The workshop was part of the 5th Annual ATA Film & Video Festival! The film was made by exposing 16mm, B&W film stock by hand. “Cinegrams” were created by placing objects and material directly onto the film and casting their shadows upon the film with light…. Read more »

Selected Shorts from 2009 ATA Festival to screen in Hong Kong

A program of short works from the 4th Annual ATA Film & Video Festival is going to be part of the 14th edition of the Microwave International Media Arts Festival in Hong Kong. The screening will take place at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum on December 12, 2010. As the first… Read more »

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media & Radical Aesthetics

INCITE! is calling for submissions for its issue #3: NEW AGES Utilizing the 2010 International Experimental Media Congress as an opportunity for reflection, this issue aims at addressing the generational shifts and divides in today’s experimental film, video, and new media sphere. Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010 More info at

Call for Entries: Experiments in Cinema V6.3

Experiments in Cinema V6.3 (a Basement Films production in collaboration with UNM’s Department of Cinematic Arts) is currently seeking submissions for the 6th annual celebration of international, cinematic experimentation. This year’s festival will take place in Albuquerque April 13-17, 2011. They encourage all moving image artists creating unembedded, undependent, underground, experimental, personal, and wildly imaginative… Read more »

Interviews with ATA Festival Filmmakers

Liz Wing of ATA talked recently to the festival filmmakers about their work. You can read the interviews before or after you see it at the festival! Paul Clipson – Union Sam Barnett – Reduction Bill Brown -Chicago Corner Patricia McInroy – Found: Nothing Missing Vera Brunner-Sung – Untitled (Perlman Pl.) Karl Lind – Disconnected… Read more »

ATA announces 5th Annual Film & Video Festival program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The 5th Annual Artists’ Television Access Film & Video Festival celebrates original, independent and underground film & video with screenings, installations and workshops, October 19th – 23rd. Thursday, October 21, ATA will screen the first of two shorts programs. Titled “Human Nature,” the program explores the relationship between our natural environment… Read more »

SELECTION festival: Call for entries is now open!

“If your film has never been picked by any festival, it’s a perfect fit for SELECTION festival”. On September 13, @ 21:00, CINE FANTOM is starting a new stage of SELECTION festival. Now at VINZAVOD, every Monday! SELECTION festival is a unique experiment if the Russia-based CINE FANTOM club, which has no analogues in the… Read more »

ATA wins Best of the Bay 2010!

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Call for Entries: 5th Annual ATA Film & Video Festival

Artists’ Television Access is accepting submissions for its 5th Annual ATA Film and Video Festival. We are looking for experimental film and video, including but not limited to, animation, documentary, narrative, abstract and found footage. The ATA Film and Video Festival is committed to showcasing short films and videos that use an unconventional stylistic and… Read more »

MadCat Women’s International Film Festival : Divided Spaces

Divided Spaces  This program looks at how individuals understand physical boundaries, public space and the power of words. Matte Box Fun Mavis Navin 19823:10 min b/w Super-8 US Navin reveals all the many ways to break up a film frame with her matte box set. Moose Mountain Mary Beth Reed 2002 5 min b/w 16mm US Reed takes the viewer on… Read more »