A Frame Apart: Call for Submissions

Short Film Showcase for Queens International 2016


Submission Deadline: Monday, February 29, 2016, 6pm

A tradition since 2001, Queens International is the biannual exhibition of artists living and/or working in Queens, presenting the artistic vibrancy of the borough though contemporary cultural productions in all media. While featuring a breadth of local artists, the 2016 edition will also check in on the role of the “international” in the borough’s artistic practice through cross-cultural/-national collaborations between Queens artists and their partners outside the US.

As part of the accompanying programming for Queens International 2016, we are looking to highlight recent short films made in or about Queens. There are over 118 nationalities and cultural groups living in Queens. Many are recent immigrants while others have been here for several generations. There are stories from around the world on its streets – some visible to the casual visitor, others unfolding more discreetly. Queens is both a muse and a battleground, simultaneously a node connecting world cities and a patchwork of insular neighborhoods. Access to digital filmmaking tools in everyday smartphones and the ability to share time-based media across multiple online platforms have given rise to numerous documentaries on the complex and fast-evolving cultural phenomena of this borough, as well as playful experimentations with forms and genres that come with the meeting of disparate cultures. With “A Frame Apart” the Queens Museum will showcase these singular visions, which are at once intimately local and inexorably intertwined with the tumultuous forces of global capital.

The video program will be incorporated in to the opening celebration of Queens International 2016 on April 10th as a looped presentation as well as screened more formally at the exhibition closing day July 31, 2016 followed by discussion with some of the participating filmmakers/artists.

Curated by: Prerana Reddy (Director of Public Programs, Queens Museum), Hitomi Iwasaki (Director of Exhibitions/Curator, Queens Museum), Larissa Harris (Curator, Queens Museum), and guest curator Lindsey Berfond.

Screening Dates: Exhibition Opening Day April 10, 2016 and Exhibition Closing Day Sunday July 31, 2016

Submission Guidelines

  • No Application Fee
  • Works must be under 15 minutes and produced in 2013 or later.
  • Works curated from this CFS must be downloadable. MOV or .MP4 files, preferably in H.264 codec.
  • Submissions must include all of the following as a single WORD DOCUMENT OR PDF:
    • Name of artist/director.
    • Full contact information (address, phone, email, website).
    • Title of work, date of production, running time.
    • Full credits.
    • Print Quality 300dpi, 4”X6” jpeg or tiff still image (less than 5MB) for promotion (or link to download promo image)
    • Direct web link to preview film or video project online. Include Password if protected.
    • Direct web link to download film or video project. We will only download the final set of selected works.
    • Project Synopsis (250 words maximum).
    • Brief biography of the artist/director (150 words maximum).
    • Screening history and awards.
  • Submissions must be sent via email with a direct web link to the artist/director/project website, YouTube or Vimeo account to view the work online (please provide passwords if necessary).
  • Please label subject heading as “QI2016 Short Films: YourFirstName YourLastName” and sent to preddy@queensmuseum.org.
  • Submission Deadline: Monday, February 29, 2016, 6pm.

If you have any questions, please use the same subject heading as above and email: preddy@queensmuseum.org

Image: Jane Benson, Extended Play: CoronaChapineroTeWhenuaCentro, 2013. Dual channel HD video and audio track: 24:00, edition of 3, 2 artists proofs. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Peter Dressel.