The Toledo Museum of Art plans to heat up cold December days with a “fire-and-ice” themed film festival planned in conjunction with the Museum’s annual Winter Ball. Artists are invited to submit innovative short films inspired by the theme to the competition.
Now in its second year, the Winter Ball Film Festival is a great way for the Museum to highlight video as a growing medium of artistic expression, according to Amy Gilman, associate director. “One of our objectives is to integrate art and art-making into everything we do at the Museum. This competition brings a wonderful dimension to the magical evening of our signature fundraising event, the Winter Ball,” said Gilman.
The top 10 films, selected by a panel of judges, will be shown at an exclusive premiere screening at the ball and on the TMA website for a month afterward. The competition is open to both amateur and professional filmmakers. Videos are required to be less than four minutes in length.
Inspired by the theme “fire and ice,” artists should create an art experience that is original and exciting, regardless of genre, technique or budget. Entries may use animation, motion graphics, narrative, non-narrative, time-based still images and other production techniques. Typical “home video” will not be considered.
Entrants must be 18 years of age by Oct. 1, 2011 or have parental permission to take part. Only original work not created for commercial purpose or made in an entrant’s professional capacity for profit will be accepted. Individuals may submit up to three films.
Submissions will be accepted online between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2011. Entrants whose films are chosen for screening will receive an invitation to attend the Winter Ball on Dec. 10 in the Glass Pavilion®. The ball is a fundraiser to support the Museum’s Community ArtReach programs.
A prospectus is available at http://www.toledomuseum.org/events/filmfest.