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IAFOR Open Film Competition 2013

IAFOR Open Film Competition 2013, Osaka, Japan

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is inviting filmmakers from around the world to submit an original short film for the annual IAFOR Open Film Competition. Amateur and professionals are welcome to enter, however entrants are limited to just one submission for the category, regardless of category. There is no charge for entering a film.
Submissions in English (or with English subtitles) are welcome in the following categories:
– Fiction (under 40 minutes/over 40 minutes)
– Documentary (under 40 minutes/over 40 minutes)
– Anime (under 20 minutes/under 40 minutes)
– Spot News (International/Regional/National; under 20 minutes/under 40 minutes)
– Music Video (under 10 minutes)

Judge Panel
Films will be judged by a panel of three judges:
– Professor Gary Swanson, The University of Northern Colorado (USA)
– Dr James Rowlins, Singapore University of Technology and Design (Singapore)
– Professor Scott Erlinder, Northwestern University (USA)

The closing date for entries is September 15, 2013.

Winners will be announced at the Asian Conference on Film and Documentary in Osaka, Japan (November 8 – 10, 2013). The overall winner will be awarded a grand prize of US$1000 and a trophy. Winners of the individual categories will be awarded a trophy.

To download an entry form see the IAFOR Film Competition website

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Amateur videos and the Aktionsanalytische Organisation

Paul-Julien Robert’s recent film, Meine keine Familie (My No Family, 2013), includes rare amateur videos documenting Otto Mühl’s Aktionsanalytische Organisation (Action-analytical Organization). For video excerpts see the film’s website. See also Mark Lilla’s article, Tyrant of the Commune, published in The New York Review of Books (7 August 2013).


CFP: “Thinking with a Camera during Revolutionary Times”

This CFP might be of interest to those exploring the practices and aesthetics of amateur filmmaking in relation to political activism and social media in the Middle East:

“Paper proposals are sought for the following panel to be submitted for consideration to the SCMS 2013-14 Program Committee:
WORKING TITLE: Thinking with a Camera during Revolutionary Times: Generative Visualities in the Middle East
DESCRIPTION: As recent images from across the Arab world have revealed a renewed investment in political visibility, we ask what does this interface between street politics and online activism mean for the way we make sense of images of resistance? In an effort to refine our assumptions about the political significance and efficacy of the documentary image, we compare and contrast recent innovations with historical modalities in ways that highlight the generative possibilities of “thinking with a camera,” aesthetic differences notwithstanding. While the region is undeniably beleaguered by simplistic representations, these practices illuminate possibilities for different ways of knowing the region as well as rethinking what constitutes the political.
Please e-mail a 250-300-word abstract, along with a brief biographical statement and a 5-entry bibliography, by August 18 to:
Mark Westmoreland – AND Terri Ginsberg –
Mark R. Westmoreland
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
SAPE Department
The American University in Cairo
Co-Editor, Visual Anthropology Review
The Society for Visual Anthropology
American Anthropological Association”

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