The Juan Downey International Contest has been held since 1993 by the Chilean Corporation of Video and Electronic Arts (CChV) as a tribute to the Chilean architect and artist Juan Downey (1940-1993), who was a pioneer in video art, video essay, expanded cinema and interactive installations. With a 29-year history, this event is an important instance for video art in the local and international scene, which shows the changes in formats, languages and technologies in the field.
The Corporation invites the audiovisual arts community in Chile and the world to participate in this historic contest, which promotes and rewards artists who base their work on videographic culture and aesthetics, media arts, interactive narratives and the creative work with contemporary technologies.
The contest has 3 categories of participation:
International category. Dedicated to audiovisual works conceived to be presented on a single screen, from all over the world. Works in this category must be located in the field of video art, experimental animation, essays and/or non-traditional audiovisual genres.
Local Category. Dedicated to audiovisual works conceived to be presented on a single screen, made by Chileans and/or residents, or works linked to the country due to their theme and/or conceptualization. These works must have an experimental, artistic and conceptual profile, and reflections about the territory we inhabit. At least 50% of selected works will be works from regions of Chile.
Expanded Narratives Category. Dedicated to works outside the single-channel format and that experiment with new technologies and audiovisual languages. Works that have the web as a platform and/or are accessible through the internet can participate. Also those that have been produced for mobile devices or have some degree of interactivity.
Read the full regulations here.