[artinfo] Call for Submissions

MadCat Women's Film Festival info at madcatfilmfestival.org
Sat Mar 18 00:31:09 CET 2006


MadCat Women's International Film Festival turns TEN in 2006! Be part 
of history and submit your film today.

MadCat seeks provocative and visionary films and videos directed or 
co-directed by women. Films can be of any length or genre and 
produced ANY year. MadCat is committed to showcasing work that 
challenges the use of sound and image and explores notions of visual 
story telling. All subjects/topics will be considered. Submission 
Fee: $10-30 sliding scale. Pay what you can afford. An entry form is 
attached to this email. For more details go to 
www.madcatfilmfestival.org or call 415 436-9523. Preview Formats: VHS 
or DVD. Exhibition Formats: 35mm, 16mm, Super8, Beta SP, Mini DV, 
VHS, DVD. All entries must include a self addressed stamped envelope 
for return of materials.
Early Deadline: March 24, 2006. Final Deadline: May 15, 2006.

MadCat is on tour now with 2 programs of short avant-garde films by women.

1) AMOK-IMATION - Wry, dark and painfully funny, these animated works 
from Sweden, Mexico, the Netherlands and the Philippines are not your 
typical Saturday morning cartoons. This program is available on Mini-dv.

2) MOOD ALTERATIONS - These alternately loving and disturbing 16mm 
portraits hail from Austria, France, Germany, Mexico and the US. 
Filmmakers use editing, optical printing and camera movement  (or 
lack there of) to create an ethnographic study of Romania, a musical 
peek at a girl on the verge of puberty and a pulsating found footage 
bonanza among other stories. This program is available on 16mm.

To book the tour email us or go to our web site for more information 

Mad Mission
Founded in 1996 the MadCat Women's International Film Festival 
(MadCat) is a highly acclaimed international festival that exhibits 
independent and experimental films and videos directed by women from 
around the globe. The Festival emphasizes work that is inventive and 
visionary. Our annual Festival takes place at select San Francisco 
and Berkeley venues throughout the month of September.

The Festival was founded to create a forum the highlights women 
artists. The Festival's primary goal is to bring these works to a 
range of San Francisco, Bay Area venues and across the country to 
audiences who would not normally be exposed to this kind of work. 
MadCat exhibits films by women that challenge the use of sound and 
image and explore notions of visual storytelling.

A New Look at the Curatorial Process
MadCat has established a strong reputation for programming series of 
acute and insightful films audiences would be hard pressed to find 
anywhere else. MadCat sets itself apart from other women's festivals 
by curating its programs thematically as opposed to looking for films 
solely about women's issues. Thus, with each year comes a completely 
new set of films and topics. MadCat seeks to educate spectators about 
the art of cinema through programming that incorporates both 
experimental films and more accessible works. The Festival's distinct 
curatorial approach allows audiences to make their own connections 
between films and aids them in developing a film vocabulary by the 
mere act of watching a program.

MadCat's unique angle on programming often refreshes and surprises 
its audiences. MadCat allows viewers to look into the vast array of 
topics women film and videomakers are wrestling with and expand 
traditional notions of "women's issues". The audience will not sit 
back and wait for the images to wash over them nor for a simple 
narrative to tell its story. Whether the audience is watching a 
documentary, narrative, animation or experimental film they will be 
on the edge of their seats grappling and participating with the 
visual texts set before them. By providing a dedicated exhibition 
venue in the San Francisco, Bay Area, MadCat encourages women and 
girls to take creative control behind the camera, increasing 
visibility and opportunity for women in the arts.

"The MadCat Film Festival tests, expands, and evolves the 
traditional, politically motivated, 20th Century definition of 'the 
women's film festival." Independent Film and Video Monthly

MadCat Women's International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

Phone: 415 436-9523
Fax: 415 934-0642
info at madcatfilmfestival.org

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