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Call for Submissions: The 4th Annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival

  • Deadline:
    Feb. 25, 2013, 3:15 p.m.
  • Location:
    Creatve Arts Center, College of Creative Arts, Morgantown, West Virginia, 26506, US

The West Virginia University School of Art and Design is accepting entries to the 4th annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival. We seek independent, unique and compelling work in film, experimental video and animation. All interested artists, filmmakers, multimedia enthusiasts are encouraged to submit work for consideration. Student submissions are also encouraged.
Send us your work!

Deadline for entries: February 25, 2013 (received)

Regular Entry Fee: $10.00
Student Entry Fee: $5.
Under 18: Free

Works will be considered for five competitive categories:
• Documentary Short
• Narrative Short
• Animation/ Experimental
• Student (College)
• Young Filmmakers (Under 18)
• Re-vision Theme

The Re-vision Theme
In addition to the customary categories of Narrative, Documentary, Experimental Video and Animation, each year we invite submissions to a special theme category. With this year's “Re-vision” theme we invite works that explore ways in which notions of identity in 2013 differ from the definitions, stereotypes or associations handed down to us historically and culturally. Whether personal, social or geographic, how are the experiences and realities of contemporary culture that help to shape who we are at odds with the popular or historical portrayals of we've grown accustomed to? How does the experience of your place, your group, your class - or even your nation - contrast with external perceptions? Is there such a thing an "authentic" representation, or a true self? If not, how does contemporary culture fashion a new experience no longer supported by former models and ideas? We invite works that reflect on these and similar questions.

A Few Rules
Entries must have been made after January 1, 2010. There is a single $10 entry fee ($5 for students; free for young filmmakers under 18) per person and a maximum of 3 entries. All submissions must include a completed entry form. Please include English subtitles with all non-English narrative entries. There are no rules governing content or artistic approach. We only seek to celebrate well crafted, compelling or conceptually challenging works in video, film and multimedia. The only restriction for competitive entries is a 20-minute maximum running time.

Modest awards have been established by the festival organizers to recognize work of exceptional accomplishment. They include a $300.00 Best of Festival award, and five $100 awards in each of the festival categories: Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Animation/Experimental, Best Student, Best Young Filmmaker, and Best Re-vision Theme.

The 2013 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival will be held Friday, March 15 to Sunday March 17 in West Virginia University’s Bloch Hall Auditorium and Falbo Theaters of the Creative Arts Center.

Each festival submission will be carefully reviewed by a screening committee of practicing, professional artists and filmmakers.

Method of Submission
The deadline for submission is February 25, 2013.
All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form, which can be filled-out, online or downloaded from the festival website: http://www.mountaineerfilmfest.org

Entries may be submitted in one of 4 ways:

  • Online: Upload your full resolution video file to Vimeo.com and make the original source video available for download (in privacy settings). Email the URL to your video to wvmsff@gmail.com. Submit only the original file, uncompressed by Vimeo

  • Online: Upload your full resolution video file (.mov) using: dropbox.com. Follow uploading and sharing instructions. Send download link in an email to wvmsff@gmail.com.

  • Mail: Standard definition DVD (NTSC, region 1)
  • No menus please!!! DVD's should be set to auto play your entry. Please do not set to loop.

  • Mail: Data DVD (.mov)[/ul]

  • Works mailed-in should be sent to:
    West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival
    School of Art and Design
    College of Creative Arts
    West Virginia University
    PO Box 6111
    Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6111

    Festival website: www.mountaineerfilmfest.org

    For additional information please contact us at wvmsff@gmail.com