Experiments in Cinema V4.2

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 10, 2009, midnight
  • Location:

Experiments in Cinema V 4.2 will screen works culled from our international call for submissions (postmark deadline is January 10, 2009 - we will begin accepting submissions September 10, 2009). The event will take place at the Southwest Film Center on the campus of the University of New Mexico, 516 Arts (downtown Albuquerque) and at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque April 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2009. The recently renovated Southwest Film Center, 516 Arts and the Guild Cinema have the capability to screen 35mm, 16mm, and digital video (mini dv and DVD). In past years we have hosted audiences of more than 300 people for our four day event, and we expect a great turnout again this year.

Experiments in Cinema V4.2 is currently seeking unembedded, un-dependent film/video work for our 2009 festival.

Experiments in Cinema is an annual collaboration between Basement Films, and the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico.

Experiments in Cinema is supported by generous funding from the Department of Cinematic Arts ICLS Program, the McCune Charitable Foundation and New Mexico Arts.

Entry Criteria:
All un-commercial, un-industrial, un-classifiable, un-dependant, un-embedded experimental works are eligible for this festival. Old and new works are encouraged for our young and growing event. All entries in languages other than English must be subtitled in English, dubbed in English or be submitted with an English text (hard copy). Maximum running time for submissions is 40 minutes.

Screening Formats:
Acceptable pre-screening formats include DVD (PAL or NTSC is OK - but please mark your discs clearly ). For the actual festival we have the capability to screen 16mm, 35mm, and mini-DV (NTSC/PAL).

Entry Deadline: postmarked by January 10, 2009

Entry fees:
Entry fees are $15 per entry. If you are submitting 3 or more works the entry fee is reduced to $10 PER WORK. Entry fees must be in U.S. funds. Checks or money orders should be made out to Basement Films. Multiple entries must be submitted on separate discs. Only artists whose work has screened in our festival in past years should waive all entry fees. Additionally, all international submissions will NOT pay an entry fee for our festival.

Do not use fiber-filled envelopes as these can damage your media and our machines. The cost of shipping preview and exhibition copies of works is the responsibility of the entrant.

Our festival will cover the return of accepted works via surface shipping only. Entrants must pay additional charges for express shipping and notify us in advance if they require work be returned earlier than one month after the festival is over. The festival will not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

International entries must be marked “FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.” The festival will not pay import duties or taxes. All entries, entry fees and supporting materials should be sent to -

c/o Basement Films
PO Box 7669
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA 87194

Required Supporting materials:
1) A single, clearly labeled CD with the following information on it:
a) one 300dpi still from your submission.
b) 50 word synopsis of the submission
c) 75 word artist bio (include previous screenings of your
entry if you would like).
d) one 300 dpi image of the artist
e) English translation/script

2) Hard copies of the following:
a) completed entry form
b) 50 word synopsis of the submission
c) 75 word artist bio
d) English translation/script

Entrants will be notified by email of their entry status by February 15, 2009. Also, all entrants will be notified by email when their submission arrives at our office.

In 2009 Experiments in Cinema continues to be proud in defining ourselves as a non-competitive festival. However, we do pay artist fees for programmed work (dollar amount TBA depending on our annual budget).
Return of Preview/supporting materials:
Preview Tapes, DVDs and CDs will NOT be returned. However, all materials submitted by artists whose work IS included in our event will be returned.

Entry Form Experiments in Cinema V 4.2
Postmarked deadline for submissions is January 10, 2009

Title \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Running time \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ Date completed (year)\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Country of origin \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Preview format (circle one) DVD ntsc mini-DV ntsc
DVD pal mini-DV pal
Screening format (circle one) 16mm 35mm mini-DVntsc/pal

Will this screening be a premiere? \_\_ world premiere \_\_US premiere

Contact information
Name \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Address \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

City \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ State/Province \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Zip Code \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ Country \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Telephone \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ Email \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Website \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Have you submitted work to our festival in previous years? If so, what was the title of you work and what year was it submitted?

Title \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ Year \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_
If your work is screened at our festival what form of honorarium would be most convenient for you (circle one)?
Western Union/Money Order \_\_ Personal Check \_\_

Please attach a hard copy of the following:
1. A brief, 50 word synopsis of your submission.
2. A 75 word artists’ bio.
3. Any other production notes you feel are pertinent.

Submission Checklist
\_\_\_ completed submission form (hard copy)

\_\_\_ DVD screener (clearly marked PAL or NTSC, title, artist

\_\_\_ on a separate sheet of paper, a typed synopsis of your entry (not
more than 50 words)

\_\_\_ a brief, 75 word artists bio.

\_\_\_ If your work is in a language other than English please provide
an English translation of the work (hard copy).

\_\_\_ a CD (clearly labeled with the title of your entry, your name, your
email address and the following information:
a) one 300dpi still from your submission.
b) 50 word synopsis of the submission
c) 75 word artist bio (include previous screenings of your
entry if you would like).
d) one 300 dpi image of the artist (optional)
e) English translation/script

\_\_\_$15 entry fee ($10 per entry / per work - if 3 or more are
submitted). Please make checks or money orders payable in
Also note that international submissions and artists whose work
we have screened in our festival in previous years are NOT
required to pay any entry fee.

\_\_\_ All submitted materials must be clearly labeled with your name,
title and email address.

\_\_\_ If your work is an international submission write “For Cultural
Purposes Only - No Commercial Value” on the envelope.

Acceptance of Rules & Regulations
I hereby certify that I am the owner of the submitted work and that I own the rights and releases necessary for public screening. I allow Experiments in Cinema V4.2 to publicly screen my work and use stills and descriptions in the festival program and other publicity. Experiments in Cinema V4.2 is not responsible for loss or damage to submissions while in transit. I agree to provide a completed copy of my work in the format indicated on this submission form no later than March 15, 2009.

In 2009 Experiments in Cinema V 4.2 will be screened in Albuquerque and surrounding New Mexico communities as a traveling program (venues and dates to be announced).

If your work must be returned to you earlier than one month after the festival ends you must indicate so on your entry form. Otherwise work will be returned to entrants by June 15, 2009.

Additionally, please note that we intend to publish a DVD compilation of our program for publicity/fund raising purposes and to offer (free) to festival participants.

Your signature below indicates that you accept all the conditions listed above. In other words by signing below you are allowing us to include your work (if accepted into the festival) on a DVD compilation to be distributed ONLY to participating artists. Additionally, this year we hope to produce a “Best of the Festival DVD” that we hope to sell on our website to generate funds for next year’s festival (this DVD will be available for approximately $20). Please circle below “Yes” or “No” whether you are willing to allow us to use your work for this new fundraising DVD. Remember, this is different than the DVD that will be distributed to participating artists… Although, if everyone circles “Yes” it will be the same DVD!!

I would like to be included on the DVD that will be used for promotion/fundraising purposes YES NO

Signature \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ Date \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

Print Your Name \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_

For more information:
Contact Bryan Konefsky (festival director) at bryank@unm.edu. Also see information about the festival at www.basementfilms.org.

Notes from 2006 (Experiments in Cinema V 1.0):
For the past two decades media archeologist Bryan Konefsky has traveled to the far reaches of the globe collecting unusual examples of visionary cinema and un-dependent moving image art.
In a very rare public appearance, Bryan Konefsky will share highlights of his historic media findings with Albuquerque and the world!! You will be shocked and amazed by cinema produced for less than $1,000! Marvel at movies that do not feature Tom Cruise or Coca Cola! Witness film artists who have the audacity to thumb their noses at Hollywood’s silver screen! Do not miss this program of scandalously produced short, non-narrative films that do not depend on pyrotechnic effects or crane shots to tell their stories!

How Experiments in Cinema V 1.0 was organized in 2006:
In 2006 Experiments in Cinema was a curated program (2 nights). Curators Bryan Konefsky (Basement Films, Albuquerque), Chris McNamara (Media City, Windsor Ontario), and Laura Neitzel (Dallas Video Festival) collaborated to produce two evenings of international, contemporary experimental cinema.

What we screened in 2006:
Included in last years event were works by Jeanne Liotta (NYC), Oksana Chepelyk (Ukraine), Ip Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong), Dan Anderson (Wisconsin), David Blatherwick (Toronto), Alfonso Alvarez (San Francisco), Diane Nerwen (NYC), Tadasu Takamine (Japan), George Kuchar (San Francisco), Nik Kern (Germany), Courtney Egon (New Orleans), Thinkbox (Windsor, Ontario), Lisa Gill (New Mexico), Emily Richardson (UK), Gerard Holthuis (Netherlands), Guy Sherwin (UK), Miranda July (Portland), Matthias Muller (Germany), Monique Moumblow (Canada), Peter Tscherkassky (Austria), Nicolas Provost (Belgium), James Johnson (Texas), Leighton Pierce (Iowa), Jay Rosenblatt (San Francisco), Katja Straub (Germany), Cassandra Jones (California), Chris Landreth (Canada), Andre Silva (Iowa), Mary Ann McQuillan (USA), Bob Kaputof (USA), Gretchen Hogue (Oregon), and Coleman Miller (Minnesota).

Notes from Experiments in Cinema V 2.0 (2007):
In 2007 Experiments in Cinema screened work drawn from an international call for submissions. Included our our three day event were works by Daniel Barroca, Brandon Bauer, Susan Blight, Roger Deutch, Courtney Egon, Chris Ernst, Fabienne Gautier, Jason Halprin, Rasmus Hamburg, Janene Higgins, Jeanne Liotta, Leandro Listorti, Douglas Katelus, Rachel Manera, Patricia McInroy, Chris McNamara, Erik Moskowitz, Ben Popp, Jennifer Proctor, Kenny Reed, Ashley Reese, Ken Paul Rosenthal, Peter Snowden, Ann Steurnagel, Jim Trainor, Niklas Sven Vollmer, Sasha Waters, and Mary Shannon Will. Additionally we hosted special presentations from the founders of Home Movie Day and a lecture titled “Secession From the Broadcast” by media scholar Gene Youngblood.

Notes from Experiments in Cinema V 3.0
In 2008 Experiments in Cinema (now a 4 day event) screened works from around the world and featured the following artists: Francien van Everdingen, Rasmus Gerhlach, Eric Theise, Alexei Dmitiev, Carolyn Kane, Dan Monceaux, Reed OBeirne, Barbara Musil, Michael Lisnet & Sophie Sindahl-Inverness, Jennifer Proctor, Lili White, Eric Arsnow, Norbert Phaffenbichier, Doug Katelus, Christopher Harris, Ann Steuernagel, Annja Krautgasser, Christian Bruno & Natalija Vekic, Brooke Alfaro, Hanni Welter, Michael Betancourt, Hanna Smitmans, Dominic Angesame, Paul Caster, Deborah Stratman, Edward Rankus, Jennifer Hardacker, Julie Perini, Amelia Winger-Bearskin, George Kuchar, Lucia Duncan, Toh Hun Ping & Jeremy Sharma, Brent Coughenour, Vanessa Woods, Kathryn Ramey, Karen Hipscher, Chi Jang Yin, Nomi Talisman, Patricia McInroy, Thorsten Fleisch, and Brandon Bauer. Additionally in 2008 we featured special presentations by legendary media artist Scott Stark, a sound/image performance by Itchy-O, a demonstration of live video mixing by software designer Andrew Stone and a presenation of select work from the 20 year history of the Dallas Video Festival by festival founder, Bart Weiss.