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Twisted Oyster 2018: Vital Signs

Festival Dates: July 20 – August 5
Location: Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Miami, FL (Date and venue TBA)

Submit films through: FilmFreeway.com/TwistedOysterFilmFestival

This year’s theme: Vital Signs

The 2018 Twisted Oyster Film and Time-based Art Festival will place its focus on the environment and the impact of climate change on the planet. The festival will be a platform to drive awareness with an impactful exhibition that brings forward works that speak to this concern. This year’s theme, Vital Signs, reflects on the ongoing climatological crisis the delicate state of the planet and will invite an audience to enjoy its magnificent beauty and paralleled decay.

The observable effects resulting from the increase in global mean temperature has caused glaciers to melt, coral reefs to die, rivers to shrink, animals to shift behaviors and trees to flower sooner. The human induced gases and warming are causing the planet’s sea ice to melt rapidly, accelerating the rise of sea levels and experiencing more intense heat waves and drastic temperature changes. The idea for this year’s exhibition derives from an individual and global concern to broaden awareness to the current state and continuous deterioration of the earth’s sensitivity to human actions.

2018 was declared International Year of the Reef and last year the United States was pulled out of the Paris Agreement. Doing nothing on climate change is irrational and reversing its non-participatory status is impossible for now, but we cannot stay numb or paralyzed. A significant number of organizations, private firms, some of the world’s biggest businesses and average individuals from all corners of the world are taking action with the understanding that climate change is good for everyone.

The primary goal is to promote understanding of the importance of preservation, create awareness of present realities, be conscious that we need these natural features alive and active, and help implement measures that can help us reactivate or retain some lost resources. Take for example a coral reef: besides containing one of the most diverse ecosystems in the planet, they protect coastlines and a habitat to fish species. Climate change, wastewater and fossil fuel pollution, careless tourism and overfishing has impacted these habitats, produced mass-bleaching and decay where marine species are disappearing and oceans are becoming more acidic affecting an entire food chain. There is value in preserving the ocean, it produces 50-80% of the oxygen we breath, we depend on its ecosystem, and yet, we continue to dump 300 tons of waste per day. If the reefs disappear it would be disastrous in the tropics, large coastal regions will disappear and an entire economies will be affected significantly.

The films and video art presented throughout the duration of the exhibit will tease the imagination and express a profound impact. The show will entertain and cultivate ideas that enlighten and unify a diverse, rich and enthusiastic community while promoting a continued understanding through the language of art.

 

TOFF 2017 Official Selections: Film, Video and Installation Art

October 9, Chicago Illinois – This year, the Twisted Oyster Film Festival received nearly 100 submissions including shorts, feature films and video artworks from all over the world between June and September. Thirteen films have been shortlisted to take part in this year’s film screening official selection. The selected filmmakers are: Kym McDaniel, Angela Pinaglia, Mira Steinzor, Rie Ito-Hiraka and ChristinaSchnabel, Sarah Lasley, Lana Caplan, Jessica Jacobs, Natalie Kennedy, Valentina Manzoni, Ajla Yee, Nina Hoechtl, Pamela J. Peters, Shayna Connelly and Ena Sendijarev.

All films will be screened at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, October 14 (6-8 PM) and October 21 (6-8 PM).

Art show: Installation and video works by Alena Ahrens, Kioto Aoki, Crystal Beiersdorfer, Susan Krueger-Barber, Marina Leybishkis, Janice Marin, Rezvan Rosouli, Lilach Schrag, Erin Schalk, Sheila Scoville, Galina Shevchenko, Evi Stamou, Arielle Tonkin, J Turk. We will have an intervention performance by  an artist who will remain anonymous. The show will open at Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery, 1029 W 35 Street (4th Floor), Chicago, IL 60609, October 20 7-10
About Twisted Oyster Film Festival

Twisted Oyster Film Festival (TOFF) is an organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of artists and filmmakers, and recognizes their contributions to time-based media art forms and film. TOFF seeks to showcase and promote the work of aspiring and established artists and filmmakers by providing unique opportunities for engagement, cultural events and enhancing access, awareness and participation of a dynamic community.

www.twistedoysterfilmfestival.com

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TOFF Announces – Festival Kickoff Party in Logan Square

Chicago, Illinois- October 4, 2017 – The Twisted Oyster Film Festival proudly presents their 3rd Film Festival Kick Off Patty on Friday, October at Your Happy Place on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square. This free event will be held from 6-9pm. Your Happy Place Liquors will offer wine and beer tastings and a great party atmosphere. Come and Party with a Purpose!

At this year’s TOFF Kick-Off Party, we will raise extra funds by getting friends to participate in a Raffle, which will feature wine and beer. You will also be able to purchase your tickets there or online here.


For more information on the festival’s Kick-Off Party at Your Happy Place (2501A N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) please visit our website: http://www.twistedoysterfilmfestival.com or call YHP (773) 414-1241

About Twisted Oyster Film Festival

Twisted Oyster Film Festival (TOFF) is an organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of artists and filmmakers, and recognizes their contributions to time-based media art forms and film. TOFF seeks to showcase and promote the work of aspiring and established artists and filmmakers by providing unique opportunities for engagement, cultural events and enhancing access, awareness and participation of a dynamic community.

www.twistedoysterfilmfestival.com

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Call for Time-based Artworks

CALL FOR TIME BASED ART WORKS: Twisted Oyster Film Festival invites artists to submit works to be included in the Festival’s grand event, an exhibition of Video, Installation and New Media Art. The exhibition will be displayed at 33 Contemporary/Art NXT Level for three weeks, with the opening occurring on Friday evening, October 20. It is expected that the artwork will be viewed by 300-400 people or more during the entire period of the exhibition.

Now in its third year, the Twisted Oyster Film Festival leads the way in search of works that push the boundaries of content and narrative with a mission to bridge culture, society and technology. For 2017, we seek to highlight women creators, directors and artists from all over the world, whose works are meaningful, innovative and go in tandem with our times.

The theme for this year’s art is The Power of the Feminine and all artists submitting work must identify with the pronoun she/her/they.

Submission deadline: September 22, 2017

TOFF: Reel Community, Reel Adventure!

Are you ready?

The Twisted Oyster Film Festival recognizes the talents of emerging video artists and filmmakers from around the globe, and aims to bring to light new talent and storytellers interested in diverse subjects from personal narratives to social and cause related themes.

The Festival brings auteurs to its annual screenings of films from around the world. This year’s program will include a video art exhibition, experimental, fiction, documentary, horror, suspense and animation shorts. The festival celebrates video, filmmaking and storytelling, and provides an opportunity to network with seasoned and emerging producers, directors and other media professionals.

Every year we look for works that are innovative, break taboos, are cosmopolitan, political, social, sensitive, serious, absurd, joyful and mostly poetic. The global human status is worrisome. We inhabit a world of chaos where security control predominates, we find ourselves in dismay of social and political differences and misconceptions, in fear of governments, foreigners and migrations, misunderstanding of religious beliefs, threatened civil liberties, and desires of emancipation from despot authorities and civil chaos.

The 2016 Twisted Oyster Experimental Film Festival seeks videos and short films that use imagery, language or themes with a poetic approach. In a world of differences poetry in moving images can be catalyst for unity, conversation and transformation. We look for excellence in cinematography, screenplay and post production.We expect the 2nd edition of our festival to be contagious and unstoppable, inventive, rich, conscious and provocative. With that said, we look forward your wonderful works and we will inform selections by the end of October 2016.

FILM FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE

Opening Night: November 18, 2016 – ACS Gallery at the Zhou B. Art Center in Bridgeport.

6:00 PM – Welcome reception – By invitation only – Light appetizers and beverages

  • Preview of shorts from the Festival Official Selection and Nominees
  • Hear about our Special Guests and Panels
  • Meet and greet

7:00 PM – Art center opens doors to the public

  • Video Art and Micro Cinema Showcase:  November 18, 2016 – December 8, 2016

Logan Square Screenings: December 1 -2, 2016 – Comfort Film at Comfort Station 

December 1st, 2016 – 9:00 PM and December 2nd, 2016 – 7:30 PM ***(Detailed Programming to follow)***

  • Animation
  • Horror/Suspense
  • Shorts longer than 10 minutes

In addition to an amazing programming and through out the three week duration of the Film Festival, TOFF will host a Video Art and Experimental Short Films Day aimed to a young audience. Learn more here.

So, are you ready for exciting shorts? Check this page continuously as it will be edited often.

Cheerfully,

Pia Cruzalegui and Kinetic Art Projects

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Call for entries TOFF 2016

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Call for entries TOFF 2016

Twisted Oyster Experimental Film Festival
An exhibition of experimental short films and video art works.
Screenings from November 18 through December 9, 2016

Deadline: September 30

***Extended deadline for graduate student films: October 15***

The Twisted Oyster Experimental Short Film and Video Art Festival is a short film and video competition presented by Kinetic Art Projects, Pia Cruzalegui at ACS Gallery and Comfort Station in the city of Chicago, IL., USA. The festival is curated by Pía Cruzalegui, and this year’s invited jurors are Gina Kelly, Josh Turk, Raul Benitez and Carlos Llerena-Aguirre. The focus of Twisted Oyster is to highlight independent and experimental film and video shorts that will engage diverse audiences on a range of aesthetic and content.

For this year’s theme we would like work that is innovative, breaks taboos, is cosmopolitan, political, social, sensitive, serious, joyful and mostly poetic. The global human status is worrisome. We inhabit a world of chaos where security control predominates, we find ourselves in dismay of social and political differences and misconceptions, in fear of foreigners and migrations, misunderstanding of religious beliefs, threatened civil liberties, and desires of emancipation from despot authorities and civil chaos. The 2016 Twisted Oyster Experimental Short Film Festival seeks videos and short films that use imagery, language or themes with a poetic approach. In a world of differences poetry in moving images can be catalyst for unity, conversation and transformation. We expect the 2nd edition of our festival to be contagious and unstoppable, inventive, rich, conscious and provocative. We look forward your wonderful works and we will inform selections by 10/30/2016

Twisted Oyster Film Festival, Kinetic Art Projects, Kinetic Entertainment (copyright © 2015-2016 Pia Cruzalegui.)

Call for Entries TOFF 2015

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Twisted Oyster Experimental Film Festival
An exhibition of experimental film and video shorts
Screenings from November 20 through November 22, 2015

Twisted Oyster Experimental Film Festival is a short film and video competition presented by the Zhou B Art Center’s New Media & Performance Arts Space. Curated by Pía Cruzalegui and Sergio Gomez. The focus of Twisted Oyster is to highlight independent and experimental film and video shorts that will engage diverse audiences on a range of aesthetic, socio-political, and/or conceptual levels.

General Submission Guidelines
Works must be no longer than 15 minutes and produced in 2013 or later. One movie per submission. Selected works for the show must be downloadable. MOV or .MP4 files, preferably in H.264 codec. Submissions must include all of the following as a single Word document:

  • Name of artist, director and/or producer
  • Full contact information (address, phone, email, website)
  • Title of work, date of production, running time
  • Direct web link to preview film or video project online.
  • Direct web link to download film or video project. We will only download the final set of selected works
  • Project Synopsis (250 words maximum)
  • Brief biography of the artist/director (150 words maximum)
  • Screening history, achievements and awards

Submissions must be sent via email with a direct web link to the artist/director/project website, link to YouTube or Vimeo account to view the work online (please provide passwords if necessary), or via web file transfer. Please label subject heading as “Open Frontier Experimental Film Fest: YourFirstName YourLastName” and send to kineticartprojects@gmail.com

Eligibility
Open to film/video artists in the U.S. and abroad, ages 18 or over. No works previously exhibited in the state of Illinois. Works may be representational, abstract, non-representational or conceptual.

Curators
Sergio Gomez, MFA
Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. As an art student, Sergio was recipient of the Lincoln Laureate Medallion Award given by the Lincoln Academy and former Governor of Illinois Mr. Jim Edgar. Sergio’s work has been subject of solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy and Vienna. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in US, Mexico, Italy, Vienna and Spain. His work can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum, and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte among others.

Presently, Sergio Gomez is the Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, owner & director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, founder of VisualArtToday.com; a curated online exhibition space for international contemporary art. In addition, Sergio is an accomplished graphic designer, Art/Design faculty at South Suburban College, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing and Advertising and co-founder of 3C Wear LLC.

As a curator, Sergio has organized numerous important exhibitions such as “The National Self-Portrait Exhibition”, “Get Real: New Figurative Realism in Chicago” “CelebrARTE”, “Chicago’s Twelve”, “Chicago’s Twelve at Garfield Park Conservatory”, “Style Bombing” and the “National Wet Paint Biannual MFA Exhibition” which has become a catalyst for emerging painters across the country. Additionally, Sergio has established international art collaborations in Italy, Austria, Mexico, Spain, Chile and China.

Pía Cruzalegui, MFA Candidate
Pía Cruzalegui is a Miami-Chicago video artist and graduate degree candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on 2016. Pía has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions in the United States, France, Dubai and Peru; and international art fairs like Art Basel.

Pia has worked in numerous productions for television and film, as well as the University of Miami and Miami Dade College as a media designer.

Presently, Pía Cruzalegui is artist-curator in residence at the Zhou B. Art Center, where she has her studio practice, co-curates and works in a research called Kinetic Art Projects with a mission to investigate artists, people and community.

The screening is cosponsored by K¡netic Art Projects and artNXTlevel dedicated to the advancement, visibility, and development of emerging, established artists and creative professionals by providing a physical space to profile their creative and intellectual work across disciplines.

Duration Restrictions
Films or videos must be under 15 minutes in length.

Submission Fee
$25.00 non-refundable fee is required per film/video artist.

Accepted Work
All works will be screened during the Third Friday art center’s monthly opening and through November 22, 2015.

Delivery
Works must be delivered in digital format (NTSC) .MOV or .MP4 files, preferably in H.264 codec. Works can be delivered via web file transfer sites and send to film@zhoubartcenter.com.

Liability
Currently, video or film works will not be insured by artNXTlvl, Kintetic Projects or the Zhou B Art Center. If this changes, this clause will be updated. All precautions will be made to handle and secure the work while in our care. Shipping insurance to and from the gallery will be the responsibility of the artist.

Conditions
Your submission grants the following: 1) Permission to Zhou B Art Center, artNXTlevel and Kinetic Projects to use digital images sent by the artist for publicity, catalog, promotional and/or educational purposes. 2) Placement of digital images on our website unless written notification is given to the curators before exhibit opening. 3) Agrees with all the terms and conditions listed above. 4) Releases Zhou B Art Center of any lost or damage of digital works.

How To Submit
First, you will be asked to pay the submission fee via PayPal, then, email your images following the instructions online. Images received without the PayPal payment or without following the submission instructions will not be accepted. A confirmation email will let you know that we have received your images. If you wish to submit by mail, please follow the instructions in the submission page.

Website with details on Festival: Zhou B. Art Center/Film

Submittal Form click HERE – Please read details on Festival prior to submittal

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