Call for entries TOFF 2016


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


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

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.

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; 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.

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

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.

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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