Call for Submissions: Experimental work for South Asian Artists with MONITOR

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About: SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to supporting South Asian artists. For over two decades, SAVAC has increased the visibility of culturally diverse artists by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development. SAVAC is pleased to announce the 14th edition of our long-standing experimental film and video program MONITOR, which will be programmed by Rasha Salti.

MONITOR is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos that initiate dialogue around the shifting nature of politics, economies and landscapes across the Global South and its diasporas. For it’s 14th edition, we invite artists and filmmakers to submit independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative. MONITOR 14 encourages new, experimental and risk-taking work that challenges the viewer’s active engagement. Selected works will be screened in June 2021 in Toronto, Canada and subsequently tour across Canada and South Asia.

Submissions: Works must be under 20 minutes and produced in or after 2018. Submissions from first time directors are welcome. Artist fees will be paid. Submissions must include all of the following:

  •  Name of artist or director
  •  Address, phone, email, website
  •  Title of work
  •  Date of production (no earlier than 2018)
  •  Brief synopsis of the work (300 words max)
  •  Brief biography of the artist (200 words max)
  •  Artist CV
  •  3 High-resolution production stills

Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. The subject line must follow this format: MONITOR14_ARTISTLASTNAME. The email should include a URL link to the artist/director’s YouTube/Vimeo account – please provide passwords if necessary and make the link downloadable. The deadline for submission is Friday 20 November 2020.

We recommend all applicants read more about the scope of SAVAC’s programming and consult past editions of MONITOR for reference. Please note that only selected artists will be contacted by early 2021. Inquiries can be sent to Artistic Director Toleen Touq at [email protected] with the subject title: MONITOR 14.

Pay: N/A

Deadlines: Submit your work to [email protected] by November 20, 2020.