[artinfo] Call for Submissions
MadCat Women's Film Festival
info at madcatfilmfestival.org
Sat Mar 18 00:31:09 CET 2006
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MadCat Women's International Film Festival turns TEN in 2006! Be part
of history and submit your film today.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
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
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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