2011 Festival of (In)appropriation

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Call for entries!

Los Angeles Filmforum invites film and videomakers to take part in the 2011 Festival of (In)appropriation.  Please read all the details below.

From collage to hip-hop, remix to mash-up, détournement to machinima, the appropriation of preexisting sounds and images has become integral to the creation of new and provocative works of art ? all the more so in the digital era. Artists from diverse backgrounds are taking "found" sounds and images and appropriating them into new works that fundamentally alter the meaning and function of these found objects. The Festival of (In)appropriation, now in its third year, plays on the notion of what an "appropriate" use of a found sound and/or image may be. Since what is considered appropriate always depends on context ? being in the "right" place at the "right" time ? appropriation is by definition the art of the inappropriate ? being in the "wrong" place at the "wrong" time. Indeed, every reuse is, in some way, a productive misuse ? a misuse that we celebrate! When films and videos tear materials from one (con)text and place them in another, they question the limits of what is "appropriate" and thereby open the doors to new ways of seeing, hearing, and thinking. At its best, this act of (in)appropriation may produce revelation that leads viewers to reconsider the relationship between past and present, here and there, truth and lie, intention and subversion.

With that idea in mind, Los Angeles Filmforum invites submissions for the 2011 Festival of (In)appropriation! We are open to all works that appropriate film or video footage and repurpose it in inventive ways. We will consider both films and videos, including works that are made up entirely of found footage and those that only use small segments of appropriated material. However, we will only accept films that include some form of appropriation, that are under 20 minutes long, and that were finished in 2009 or later.

The Festival of (In)appropriation will take place at Los Angeles Filmforum in Fall 2011, specific date TBA.
Curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Andrew Hall.

- Submission deadline: May 15, 2011
- Please download and fill out the Submission Form on our website and send with your submission in DVD format to: Jaimie Baron, 950 Edgecliffe Dr. #5, Los Angeles, CA 90026
- Submissions must be 20 minutes or less and must contain some form of appropriation.
- Acceptable submission formats: DVD
- Acceptable exhibition formats: mini-DV, DV-Cam, 16mm film, 35mm film, Blu-Ray, DVD (but discouraged, since DVD is not a reliable projection medium),  Quicktime.mov file.
- No submission fee, but please send only good films! :-)

For more information on the festival, please go to: http://festivalofinappropriation.org or contact Jaimie Baron.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation. For more information, please go to: http://lafilmforum.org/