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Sat, January 31, 2009 11:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS for the

2009 NEW YORK ARAB & SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Dates: April 2 – 9, 2009

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 31, 2009

Seeking new works (produced 2006 or later) by Arab, Iranian and South Asian directors OR films about those regions and their diasporas by filmmakers of all backgrounds.

New York premieres preferred, but will consider works that have had limited NY festival or non-theatrical screenings.

Films and videos of all genres and lengths welcome.

The 2009 New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival (NYASAFF) presents the best in recent features, docs, & shorts that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of North Africa, the Middle East, Iran, South Asia, and their diasporas. Given the historical and cultural affinities between these geographic regions, as well as the contemporary political landscape, several cultural and media organizations, including Alwan for the Arts, 3rd i NY, and the South Asian Women's Creative Collective, have launched a series of programming collaborations that encompass film, video, music, visual art, and literature, culminating in the film festival from April 2 - 9, 2009.

In a climate of misunderstanding between Arab, Iranian, and South Asian communities and the West, we find strength in creating alliances to provide more nuanced, yet genuinely critical views to New York audiences. Even while under conditions of intense international scrutiny, and often in the shadows of numerous oppressive local and international political and economic regimes, the showcased filmmakers present artistic visions that range from the brutally honest to the poetically sublime, with good doses of humor, quotidian life, and popular culture. Together these media create a rich living tapestry that counterpoints the threadbare popular representations of these regions.

To submit please include:
1) DVD or VHS (NTSC or PAL) preview copy
2) synopsis, running time, year, country and year of production
3) director bio, cast/crew list
4) screening history, awards, premiere status
5) all possible screening formats available
6) booking contact email, phone number, website if available
7) if above info provided on CD, please also include film stills at 300 dpi as tiff or jpeg as part of the EPK

MAIL TO:
Film Submissions
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Fl.
New York NY 10004-2316
Tel: +1-646-732-3261

Materials will be returned if prepaid, self-addressed envelope is provided. If selected, you will be notified by February 15, 2009.

For questions, or to submit electronically, email: jamal@alwanforthearts.org

Last updated: 2009-01-07 04:46:07

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