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2011 Images Festival: Call For Entries

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 3, 2010

Film festival logo that features little circles floating around a big circle

Now looking for entries is Toronto’s long-running Images Festival, which is traditionally skewed towards very experimental work. For example, last year they screened Kevin Jerome Everson‘s Erie, a feature-length meditation on race, community and history, plus lots of short films and videos by artists such as Naomi Uman, Phil Solomon, Laida Lertxundi, plus a retrospective of the films of Tom Chomont.

If those names don’t totally ring a bell, or if you’re not completely familiar with what “experimental film” is, I think the festival has a really nice description of what they’re looking for — even though that description explicitly says they’re wide open to a variety of styles. The festival says:

We are interested in screening films and videos, in any category, that have an inventive, aesthetically unconventional approach in terms of form, content, story and structure. We look for the inspired and the critical, the confounding and the revelatory, the scurrilous and the eccentric, and recognize that these may come in many kinds of packages.

The festival is going to run March 31 to April 9, 2011. There are two deadlines coming up in the fall, which I’m listing below with their fee schedule. However, if you’re accepted into the festival, screening fees are paid out to the filmmakers. The deadlines are:

Early Deadline:
Oct. 29
Short film: $15
Feature: $30

Final Deadline:
Nov. 12
Short film: $25
Feature: $50

For more info and for an application, please visit the official Images Festival website.