Submissions Open for New Experimental Film Festival in New York City
The Monticello Park Film Festival has announced the first edition of it's film festival focused exclusively on experimental, avant-garde, and non-traditional cinema from emerging artists.
Set to take place in various locations around New York City in early November of 2023, the festival aims to celebrate the endless possibilities of visual storytelling and highlight works that challenge the notions of what cinema is and can be moving forward.
Showcasing boundary pushing works from up-and-coming talents of the experimental, avant-garde, and arthouse worlds, MPFF is a community-building event aimed at bringing experimental film into the realm of event cinema, screening films on the largest screens and best sound systems possible - allowing the screened films to be experienced as the filmmaker intended, with all of their detailed work being appreciated fully.
MPFF will also hold lectures and conversations focused on the often under-discussed side of living as an experimental filmmaker - the logistics that go into the work, the ways to balance the love of experimental film vs. the necessities of financial stability (whether from a filmmaking or programming perspective), the realities of the opportunities available to newer/aspiring filmmakers, and how to start making work that speaks to filmmakers' true, unvarnished visions and getting their work seen in ways that circumvent the pre-existing organizations and institutions that act as gatekeepers to emerging voices.
Submission fees are $10 for features (60 minutes and over) and $5 for short films (under 60 minutes), and all selected films will receive a screening fee/honorarium of $200 and $100 (for features and shorts, respectively).
For more information, you can visit the festival's website at http://www.monticelloparkprod.com/festival or their submission page on Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/MonticelloParkFilmFestival