e-flux Film Award

e-flux Film Award


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May 1, 2023
e-flux Film Award

Submission deadline: May 31, 2023
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This inaugural edition of e-flux Film Award will be juried by Charles Mudede, Anri Sala, and Anocha Suwichakornpong.

e-flux Film Award is a prize for artists’ films that push the boundaries of the aesthetic and critical potential of moving images in the age of planetary circulation of information. Selected by a jury of distinguished artists, filmmakers, and film selectors and curators from open submissions, it will be awarded annually, with three awards given: a first prize of 3000 USD, a second prize of 2000 USD, and an honorable mention. Awarded films will be screened at the e-flux Screening Room in New York.

e-flux Film Award welcomes submissions from both emerging and established artists who subvert and redefine traditional narrative forms and broaden our understanding and perception through the mastery of both film form and content. “How does one see what is hidden behind the images?,” Harun Farocki once asked. In line with e-flux Film’s programming that aims to challenge the expectations established by the commodification of moving-image art and to facilitate the critical discussion of artists’ films, e-flux Film Award is committed to recognizing works that deviate from the dominant and conventional regimes of visibility providing insightful and critical perspectives on today’s world.

This inaugural edition of e-flux Film Award will be juried by Charles Mudede, Anri Sala, and Anocha Suwichakornpong. The preselection of submissions will be reviewed by Lukas Brasiskis, Dmitry Frolov, and Steff Hui Ci Ling.

Eligibility and submission guidelines
—Submitted works must have been completed in the last two years, and must be under 60 minutes in duration.
—Previously screened as well as never-before screened works are eligible.
—Only one submission per author per award cycle will be considered.
—Submissions are accepted by emerging or established artists and filmmakers, individuals or collectives; some history of exhibitions and/or screenings of previous work is expected.
—Only digital, single-channel files are accepted.
—Authors must have copyright of the work they are submitting.
—Submissions must be made directly by the author; submissions by production companies or distributors will not be considered.
—Subtitles in English are required for all submissions featuring non-English dialogue or voice-over; subtitles must be burned in.
—All submissions must clearly include title, year, duration, country or countries production, and film synopsis; and author’s bio, year and place of birth, and list of recent presentations of work.
—Submissions that fail to meet the above requirements may be automatically disqualified.

How to submit
All submissions must be made via e-flux’s account on FilmFreeway, on this link. Submission deadline: May 31, 2023.

Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, urbanist, filmmaker, college lecturer, and writer. He is senior staff writer of The Stranger, a lecturer at Cornish College of the Arts, and director of the feature film Thin Skin (2021).

Anri Sala employs moving images and their soundtracks to investigate historical ruptures and failures of language. Using a variety of platforms including video installation, sculpture, photography, performance, and movie scores, he weaves together personal and political narratives that explore themes of identity, displacement, migration, loss, and cultural exchange. Sala’s work has been widely presented in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He was born in Tirana, and lives and works in Berlin.

Anocha Suwichakornpong is a filmmaker whose work is informed by the socio-political history of Thailand. Her films have been the subject of special focus screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto; and Harvard Film Archive. She is a co-founder of the Bangkok-based production company Electric Eel Films. In 2017, together with Visra Vichit-Vadakan and Aditya Assarat, she founded Purin Pictures, an initiative to support Southeast Asian cinema. She teaches film at Columbia University.

Lukas Brasiskis is a curator of video and film at e-flux.

Dmitry Frolov is a curator and researcher in the field of film and video art. Since 2017 he has served as curator at the Moscow International Experimental Film Festival (MIEFF), and since 2021 as curator of the film program at the Pushkin House Cultural Centre (London).

Steff Hui Ci Ling is a cultural worker, labor researcher, and occasional critic and film programmer living as a guest on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. She is currently organizing the circulation of an Art Workers’ Inquiry for Decolonial Potential. The Inquiry is concerned with the political tradition of workers’ inquiries and its application in the cultural sector and our labor’s relationship to settler-colonial property.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

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