Kabayitos Microcinema Experimental Short Film Program - Open Call

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Kabayitos Microcinema Experimental Short Film Program

Deadline for submissions: April 9, 2023 11:59pm

We’re back! IOM Projects is excited to present Kabayitos Microcinema 2023 in coordination with The Clemente’s Annual Open Studioson May 20 & May 21, 2023.

We are accepting experimental short film submissions with a maximum running time of 10 minutes. Our selection will be based on artistic expression and poetic form. The program will be intergenerational, embody a richness of viewpoints and explore the limitless possibilities of time-based media. Entries should be original, beautiful, unconventional, and mysterious.           



Kabayitos is a petite, 41-seat micro-theatre in The Clemente. Historically used for puppet theater, it has always been open for experimental works, which inspired Clemente’s current and former residents Flavia Souza and Lili Chin to create IOM Projects and launch the theater as a microcinema.                                                  

IOM Projects is an artist platform whose mission is to regenerate space and provide agency for under-represented and overlooked works. We invest in projects that are motivated by truth, empathy, poetry, originality, and aesthetics. IOM means ‘a little’ in the international language Esperanto, which resonates with our humble beginnings. We hope that through these projects we can demonstrate the true diversity of values and perspectives inherent in our current global culture. IOM Projects’ mission is to foster a platform of exchanges and discoveries through intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogues in art and media.

About Our Supporters

Kabayitos Microcinema is co-produced by The Clemente and Artists Alliance Inc and is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, a regrant program supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and administered by LMCC

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center Inc. (The Clemente) is a Puerto Rican/Latinx multi-arts cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and inclusive philosophy rooted in NYC’s Lower East Side/Loisaida. While focused on the cultivation, presentation, and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latinx culture, we are equally committed to a multi-ethnic/international latitude, determined to operate in a polyphonic manner that provides affordable working space and venues to artists, small arts organizations, emergent and independent community producers that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and our City.

Artists Alliance Inc. (AAI) is an artist-founded and artist-centered non-profit that provides a free and accessible platform to produce, experience, and understand contemporary art in the Lower East Side–a longstanding epicenter for creative experimentation and cultural diversity. AAI fosters forward-thinking and experimental practices of emerging and underrepresented artists and curators with funded residencies and paid exhibition opportunities and advocates for art-making that challenges how we experience ourselves and our communities. Our core initiatives include the LES Studio Program and Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space inside Essex Market.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community.


Fecha límite: 

Domingo, Abril 9, 2023 (Todo el día)

Fechas de exhibición: 

De Sábado, Mayo 20, 2023 - 16:30 hasta Domingo, Mayo 21, 2023 - 06:00

Submission fees: 

Convocatoria gratuita

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Fecha límite: 

Domingo, Abril 9, 2023 (Todo el día)

Fechas de exhibición: 

De Sábado, Mayo 20, 2023 - 16:30 hasta Domingo, Mayo 21, 2023 - 06:00