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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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 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

Submission requirements for all time-based media work (e.g., video, sound, virtual reality, web-based, etc.):

  • All artists must be older than 18 years of age
  • Video works must be no longer than 5 minutes, NTSC, Region 1 and delivered in .MOV, .MP4 or H264 format.
  • Sound works must include media device, including soundtrack playing device and headset(s).
  • Virtual reality and web works must include all respective electronic components and artist must be available for set-up a week before
  • All works must be ready for hanging and include installation instructions when delivered to the exhibit

All submissions must include all of the following as a single Word document/PDF:

  • Name of artist
  • Full contact information (address, phone, email, website)
  • Title of work, date of production, running time and format
  • Direct web link to works and portfolio
  • All work must be accompanied by:
    • Proposal (400 words)
    • Artist statement and bio (200 words)
    • Work price*
  • Moving images must be NTSC, Region 1, .MOV, .MP4, H264
  • Video works must be 5 minutes or shorter
  • 3 high resolution JPGS
  • Send submissions to kineticartprojects@gmail.com, email subject:
    • ARTIST NAME_WORK TITLE_WORK FORMAT

If accepted:

  • Video work(s) must be delivered via email including download link to kineticartprojects@gmail.com.
  • Sound, virtual reality and web works must be delivered to TOFF by Kinetic Art Projects ℅ 33 Contemporary/Art NXT Level, 1039 W 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609
  • All works must be delivered between October 1 and 5, and picked up (or mailed, at owner’s expense) between November 10 and 13

Artists will be notified by email if the work has been accepted by September 30

All questions must be addressed to Pia Cruzalegui at kineticartprojects@gmail.com

*Work will be available for sale during exhibition and for three weeks afterwards by appointment

About the Curator:

Pía Cruzal­egui is an independent curator with no gallery representation in Chicago. Currently, she ­organizes ­and curate­s the Twisted Oyster Film Festival, UnLo­ck Hause and Kinetic Art projects w­ith a miss­ion to provide artists and community a spac­e for conversation and enga­gement.

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

CALL FOR ART WORKS

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Twisted Oyster Experimental Film Festival 2017 presents an exhibition of short films, new media and video art works in Chicago, IL, USA

Video and New Media Art Opening: October 20, 2017 at ArtNXTLevel Gallery

Film Screenings: October 14, 21-22 at Comfort Film Station

This year’s theme: The Power of the Feminine

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/female creators, directors and artists from all over the world, whose works are meaningful, innovative and go in tandem with our times.

Audience Awards are given in five categories:

Best in Show
Documentary
Experimental
Animation
Fiction

Giving back: 

1. Last year we started an outreach program inviting young artists to experience and learn about video art. This year we seek to do the same and more!

2. For 2017 TOFF seeks local Chicago video/new media artists and filmmakers for an in depth conversation/presentation of what it means to be a woman today and how we intersect society, culture and technology (details to follow in website).

3. We donate to WINGS and Women Employed

4. We give tickets to students

General Submission Guidelines:

We seek works by women or trans women.

Shorts: Under 20 minutes with a minimum of 5 minutes in length.
Feature: Over 40 minutes with a maximum of 90 minutes in length.

Film Categories: Adventure, animation documentary, experimental, multimedia, new media, short, feature.
Film Genre: Animation, art, culture, deconstruction, documentary, fantasy, film noir, LGBTQ, magical realism, microcinema, neo-noir, post modern, sci-fi, social issues, thriller and underground.

Created between 2014 and 2017 (Works in progress will not be accepted)

One movie per submission

Moving images: NTSC, .MOV, .MP4, H.264
All submissions must include all of the following as a single Word document/PDF:

-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 (download) film or video project online (we will only download 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 www.filmfreeway.com or www.festivalfocus.org

Eligibility

Open to female film/new media/video artists and filmmakers in the U.S. and abroad, ages 21 or over and who identify with the pronoun she/her. Works may be representational, abstract, non-representational or conceptual.

Curator

Pía Cruzal­egui is a ­Chicago ba­sed artist an­d independent curator. During her residency in the Zhou­ Brothers Art Ce­nter s­he develop­ed the fir­st Media and Perform­ance Art R­oom and the first edition of TOFF. Prese­ntly, she ­organizes ­and curate­s the Twisted Oyster Film Festival, UnLo­ck Hause and Kinetic Art Projects w­ith a miss­ion to provide artists and community a spac­e for conversation and enga­gement.

Submission Fees: 
Early Bird (through Aug 1) – $15.00
Regular Deadline (through Sept 22) – $20.00
Late Deadline (through Sept 30) – $25.00

Accepted Work: 
Selected works will be screened October 14-15, 2017 and October 20-22, 2017


Liability

Video, digital, new media or film works will not be insured by Kinetic Projects or its affiliates. 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 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 Twisted Oyster Film Festival and its affiliates of any lost or damage of digital works.


How To Submit Films (Feature and Shorts):

FilmFreeway.com/festival/TwistedOysterFilmFestival

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How To Submit Time-Based Artworks (for Video, Installation and New Media Art Exhibit):

Submit to Art Exhibit

Questions? To kineticartprojects@gmail.com.  Otherwise, please follow the instructions above and include film video images/photos. Films received without payment or without following the submission instructions will not be accepted. A confirmation email will let you know that we have received your entry.

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

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

Rules & Terms

General Submission Guidelines
Short films and video art works must be no longer than 15-30 minutes and produced in 2014 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 your email’s subject heading as “Twisted Oyster Experimental Film-Video Fest: YourFirstName YourLastName” and mail to kineticartprojects@gmail.com

Eligibility
Open to film/video artists in the U.S. and abroad, ages 21 or over. No works previously exhibited in the state of Illinois. Works may be representational, abstract, non-representational or conceptual.

Director and Founder
Pía Cruzalegui, MFA

Pía Cruzal­egui is a ­Chicago ba­sed video­ artist an­d curator. She has ex­hibited in­ multiple exhi­bitions in­ Miami­, New York­, Chicago,­ Los Angel­es, Paris­, Dubai an­d Cuzco, P­eru. She h­as worked in numerou­s producti­ons for te­levision a­nd film, a­nd has wor­ked as a m­edia producer at the­ Universit­y of Miami­ and Miami­ Dade Coll­ege. Pía C­ruzalegui ­was artist­-curator r­esidency a­t the Zhou­ B. Art Ce­nter in 20­15 where s­he develop­ed the fir­st Media and Perform­ance Art R­oom. Prese­ntly, she ­organizes ­and curate­s art and film even­ts at UnLo­ck Hause and the Twisted Oyster Film Festival.

K¡net!c Art Projects is dedicated to the visibility and development of emerging and established artists and filmmakers by providing a space to showcase their creative and intellectual work across disciplines.

Jurors
TOFF counts with a pool of professionals in contemporary arts and film industry professionals for the film and video art selections. Last year’s and this year’s jurors are found here.

Awards
(TBA)

Duration Restrictions
Micro films and video art: Under 10 minutes. Short films, 10-30 minutes. Feature films, 80-120 minutes.

Submission Fees
Early entries $15.00, regular entries $25.00, late entries $45.00, student film $10.00. Fees are non-refundable. One film per submission. (Update: As of September, we are accepting late submissions via PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/twistedoyster/45).

Accepted Work
Selected works will be screened November 18, 2016 through December 9, 2016.

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 kineticartprojects@gmail.com

Liability
Video or film works will not be insured by Kinetic Projects, Pia Cruzalegui or its affiliates. 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 or cinema will be the responsibility of the artist.

Conditions
Your submission grants the following: 1) Permission to 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 Kinetic Art Projects and its affiliates 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.

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