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MONO NO AWARE is the annual exhibition of expanded cinema showcasing sculpture, installation, single-multiple channel durational projection, and performance art that incorporates the moving image on Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, or as an altered light projection. (No DV). 

You are welcome to submit. MONO NO AWARE is an international exhibition open to any person or group of persons making contemporary art that incorporates Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a sculpture, installation, dance, or expanded cinema performance. For example: blending film & theater performance, musicians creating a visual experience for their sound, & experimental filmmakers working with story tellers.  Works existing on digital video will not be considered. All moving images should be from an analog source.

In 2014, the eighth annual MONO NO AWARE exhibition was mentioned in the New York Times and presented the work of 27 international artists to an audience of 800. This year’s deadline for entries is October 31st 2015. The 9th exhibition will take place on Friday December 4th and Saturday the 5th in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.  Submission is sliding scale by donation ($0-20 - pay what you wish) which allows MONO NO AWARE to provide travel stipends and lodging to presenting artists. The 2-day event is free to attend for audience members - all our funding goes towards building a proper audience for you, the presenting filmmaker.

The festival is organized by the non-profit cinema-arts organization MONO NO AWARE.

MONO NO AWARE offers year-round analog filmmaking workshops to the community teaching: Super 8mm, 16mm filmmaking, 2-D animation and 3-D puppet animation, Production for Independent Film, Hand-processing, Alternative-processing and Non-toxic-processing Techniques, Film Preservation, Handmade Emulsion, Advanced Super 16mm filmmaking, a range of special workshops led by visiting filmmakers and more. As an extension of the educational initiatives, the organization rents analogue filmmaking equipment, makes Steenbeck flat-bed editing and JK or Oxberry optical printing facilities available to the public and we also import/distribute Color and Black and White film stocks. Through our outreach program we present these same workshops at numerous universities, film festivals, and institutions throughout the US. This year we have presented workshops at The Japan Society (Manhattan, NY) The Oak Cliff Film Festival (Dallas, TX) The Queens Museum (Queens, NY) and this August we’ll travel to the Thomas Edison National Park to conduct a re-imagining kinetoscopes workshop inside the historic Black Maria (West Orange, NJ).

MONO NO AWARE presents a monthly screening series entitled CONNECTIVITY THROUGH CINEMA with visiting filmmakers and most recently a co-presentation of a three-day retrospective ‘Super 8 Poetics’ the works of Stephanie Gray at The Anthology Film Archives. We’ve also started a reference library with a focus on cinema history, theory and technical filmmaking texts and publications.

To learn more about MONO NO AWARE visit:

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Saturday, October 31, 2015 (All day)