Call For Submissions: The Alwan 3rd i Awards

Mon, November 25, 2013 12:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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OPEN CALL: Alwan 3rd i Awards

Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY have launched the first Alwan 3rd i Awards competition and are currently soliciting new, short films and/or video art (produced in 2010 or later) by Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, South and Central Asian directors OR films about those regions and their diasporas by filmmakers of all backgrounds.

The Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition aims to present the very best in recent short films and video art that increase awareness and expose the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia, as well as their global diasporas.

In addition to the national and international documentaries and features Alwan and 3rd i NY screen on a monthly basis, the NYASAFF and the Alwan Film Festival, and the Alwan 3rd i NY Short Videos Slam, the Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition is a time to celebrate and to reward exceptional short films, experimental work, video art, animation and shorter form works, as well create opportunities for emerging media-makers.

- Films/Videos from all genres are welcome.
- Please limit submissions to films/videos that are 20 minutes or less in total running time.
- All submissions will be screened and selected by an appointed selection committee.

The Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition offers 3 awards:

· $1000: Best Narrative/Documentary Film Alwan 3rd i Award

· $1000: Best Video Art Production Alwan 3rd i Award

· $500: Alwan 3rd i Audience Award

Submissions Deadline: November 25, 2013

Screening Date: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A post-screening salon session will provide participating filmmakers and artists the benefit of feedback from the diverse and engaging audience Alwan has cultivated over the last ten years of intense programming. Well-versed in the history, languages, and cultures of the North African, Middle Eastern, and South and Central Asian regions, our audience thrives on healthy debate and cross-cultural learning.

Alwan and 3rd i NY are proud to provide this opportunity and these awards to showcase local, independent, and experimental pieces, which are aesthetically, politically, theoretically and/or technically innovative, and to provide the space for filmmakers and film aficionados to meet.

How it works: Submissions

The Alwan 3rd i Awards Selection Committee will choose the best short films and the best video art productions, from submissions received from this Open Call, for screening to the public. 10 films/video art will be selected for screening although the final number of screenings may be determined by both the number and the quality of these submissions.

All submissions must be received by November 25, 2013. If selected, filmmakers/video artists will be notified in early December 2013. The Alwan 3rd i Awards screening will take place at the Alwan for the Arts space at 16 Beaver Street in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, December 17th.

Voting for the Audience Award will take place during and after the screenings.


· Submissions Deadline: November 25, 2013

· Notification: Early December, 2013

· Screening and Awards: December 17, 2013

To submit please include ALL of the following information in the formats specified here:

- Original and English title, running time, country and year of production
- Synopsis
- Languages used/subtitles
- URL link (Vimeo, YouTube, etc) OR DVD preview copy
- Director's bio
- Cast/Crew list
- Contact email, phone #, website if available
- Film still shots (2-5 in total), resolution: 300 dpi, jpg or tiff formats
- Screening history, awards
- All possible screening formats available

Important: please note submissions that do not include all the required information may not be reviewed by the selection committee


Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition Submissions
Alwan for the Arts
Attn: Melissa Forstrom Al Kadhi
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10004
Tel.: 646.732.3261

For questions or for electronic submissions e-mail:

Alwan and 3rd i NY greatly appreciates your support in disseminating this call to other individuals and networks.


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor

Last updated: 2013-12-11 16:07:13

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