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Twisted Oyster Film Festival is a film and time-based media arts festival that showcases stories and works of human interest to raise awareness of social problems and offer positive solutions through experiential art and experimental film. The festival believes in increased awareness and expanded knowledge about the human condition — through works by culturally diverse artists and filmmakers —  to further inclusion and promote a world free of violence, hate, and crime.

Twisted Oyster offers an annual theme-based festival and leads the way presenting experimental and narrative works that speak to our mission of pushing boundaries of content and narrative to bridge culture, society and technology.

Twisted Oyster Mission Statement - website

Through the engagement of film and art, Twisted Oyster raises awareness and expands knowledge​ about the human condition as a whole. The works created by culturally diverse artists and filmmakers from around the world open doors to stories that go underneath the immediate layer of perception and engages its audience into an in-depth experience with human tales and narratives. Spectators are introduced  to technologically produced artwork that speaks about the most basic social rights in humanity presented as a themed-based cinema and art exhibition program.

The festival’s dual program: experimental and standard narrative cinema, and time-based art exhibition, offers a platform for knowledge and further understanding. The cinema program delivers information in a passive format that includes international short, feature and documentary films and animation. The time-based art exhibition program presents works immersing an audience to visual and auditory experiences stimulating the senses with curated installations and performances of invited artists from Chicago as well as from across the US and abroad.

As a compliment to the cinema and art exhibition, Twisted Oyster hosts an Outreach Program where (1) filmmakers and artists  create a public dialogue or lecture, (2) invite young, high school- and community college-level artists to submit their films or video art for screening or exhibition, and (3) invited filmmakers and artists are encouraged to conduct a workshop aimed toward young upcoming artists


Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2018 proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

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