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This Week In Experimental: Volume 57


Hello Experimenters!


I hope you didn’t miss me too much yesterday, but how rarely do we get an extra day without email? I couldn’t pass that up. I wish I could say I was out grilling and hiking, but it rained here all weekend; so, it was mostly reading and resting. I hope some of you got to do the same.


Heads up: there are a ton of June 1st deadlines here! That’s today.


Some other things:



Happy Pride!



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Emergency Funds

The Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities due June 15th

Artist Relief Project

AFC Emergency Financial Aid

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Onassis Emergency Fellowships 2020/21

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

Filmmaker’s Guide To Applying For US Coronavirus Federal Relief

Emergency Resources for Artists and Freelancers

Artist Rescue Trust

COVID-19 Funding for Artists in New England

Artist Relief Tree

BridgeSong Fund


Calls for Entry

SciArt Magazine Summer 2021 Issue: Light due June 1st (TODAY)

ATL 2 Minute Experimental Films due June 1st (TODAY)

Freedom & Captivity due June 1st (TODAY)

VISAP ‘21 due June 1st (TODAY)

The Lumen Prize due June 4th

Film Fest Kodama Earlybird Deadline June 5th

After the Deluge due June 6th

Output No 04 due June 6th

Inspired by Words due June 7th

Art Trail due June 11th

Open Screen due June 13th

POOL 21 due June 14th

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest due June 15th

Light from Space #1 – The Sun due June 20th

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Earlybird Deadline June 30th

Fracto Film Encounter due July 1st

AIR Gallery due July 4th

Slamdance Early Deadline due July 5th

Visions of Nature due July 7th

Film Fest Kodama Regular Deadline July 15th

Helios Sun Poetry Film Festival Regular Deadline July 20th

Blacksphere festival Early bird late Deadline June 30th

Antimatter Regular Deadline June 30th

WNDX Festival of Moving Image due June 30th

ULTRAcinema 2021 Regular Deadline June 30th


AIR Gallery Open Call due July 4th

Folklore and Traditions due July 7th

ANALOGICA Regular Deadline July 10th

Film Fest Kodama July Deadline July 15th

INCADAQUÉS OPEN CALL 2021 due July 15th

Found Footage Magazine Issue #8 Paper Submission Deadline July 15th

123rd SSA Annual Exhibition due July 18th

Media City Film Festival due July 30th

Blacksphere festival Regular Deadline June 30th

2021 Punto y Raya Festival due August 2nd

Film Fest Kodama August Deadline August 4th

On Media. Signals and Connections due August 7th

ExperimentoBio 2021 due August 15th

Slamdance Regular Deadline due July 5th

MONSTERFUCKERS due September 1st

Decolonising Film & Screen Studies due September 1st

The 2021 Film And Video Poetry Symposium Deadline September 4th

Freedom for Free due September 7th

World Channel Nonfiction

Exploding Cinema

Millennium Film Journal


Open Residencies & Fellowships

Gregor Family Artist-in-Residence due June 1st (TODAY)

CIAR Fall Residency Program due June 1st (TODAY)

Artists in Residence in Everglades due June 1st (TODAY)

Bulegoa z/b residency due June 1st (TODAY)

Austin Film Grant due June 4th

Initiation as Methodology Residency due June 6th

SAL Residency 2021 due June 6th

Garage Gallery due June 7th

Remote_CTRL R&D Residency due June 7th

Hybrida residency due June 13th

Columbia Law School’s Artist-in-Residence due June 15th

The Firelight Media Documentary Lab due June 15th

(Egg)celerator Lab due June 22nd


Swimming in AIR (remote) due June 25th

North Star Fellowship due June 28th

Women In Film Finishing Fund due June 30th

LEF/CIFF Fellowship due July 5th

Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellowship due July 9th

Digital Diasporas due July 15th

Stiwdio Maelor Residency due July 19th

What is Evidence? due July 31st

McColl Center for Art + Innovation Summer Deadline May 15th

HMK 5-month Residency due May 31st

HMK 6-week Residency due May 31st

Gallery 263 Exhibition Proposals due August 1st

Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence due August 16th

AirLand due September 10th

HAMBIDGE RESIDENCIES – Spring 22 due September 15th

McColl Center for Art + Innovation Fall Deadline May 15th

Online Artists Support Program

Nes Artist Residency

The Loisaida Center Emerging Artist Residency


Open Funds

Judy Chicago Art Education Award due June 1st (TODAY)

LEF Early Development Grant due June 4th

LEF Pre-Production Grant due June 4th

The Everyday Projects due June 7th

ITVS due June 11th

Points North Fellowship Extended Deadline June 14th

Collective Futures Fund due June 15th

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund due June 28th

The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists due June 30th

American Stories Documentary Fund due July 5th

Sundance Institute | Stars Collective Granting Fund due July 16th

Catapult Development Grant

The Photodom Grant Program

Black Artists Grant (UK)


Boston Opportunity Funds

ARTNOIR’S JAR OF LOVE FUND (US-based artists, curators, and cultural workers of color)


Things to Watch

Remains to be Streamed, IG Live (Ongoing, Tuesdays 8PM PT)

TEFF: Honorable Mention Collection 2021 (April 1st – June 1st)

małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore (May 26th – June 1st)

In Search of New Names (May 24th – June 5th)

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (June 4th – 6th)

Chavela (June 2nd – 8th)

Suneil Sanzgiri, Letter From Your Far-Off Country (May 29th – June 11th)

Rina B. Tsou, The Horrible Thirty (May 29th – June 11th)

Darol Olu Kae, I ran from it and was still in it (May 29th – June 11th)

The Shifting Ecologies of Photochemical Film in the Digital Era (June 7th – 11th)

Cousins and Kin: Shelley Niro’s Honey Moccasin (May 16th – June 15th)

For a Free Palestine: Films by Palestinian Women (May 18th – June 18th)

TEFF: Director’s Choice Collection 2021 (June 1st – August 1st)

Manifest with Robert-Jonathan Koeyers! (June 4th 1PM ET)

Legacy Russell + Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (June 4th 11AM ET)

Récit de soi by Géraldine Charpentier


Things to Read

Article/Essay: Queer/ing film festivals: history, theory, impact by Leanne Dawson

Book Recommendation: Hammer! Making Movies out of Sex and Life by Barbara Hammer

Poem: The 17-Year-Old & the Gay Bar by Danez Smith


Things to Do

Assignment: This month, I challenge all of you to make a film in two weeks. Your goal should be to make something you can submit to festivals/open calls in two weeks. Your assignment this week is to formulate your idea. Maybe it’s something you’ve been meaning to tackle for a while; maybe it’s something you started and gave up on; maybe it’s a short technique experience. By next week, you should have an idea you can articulate to another human–this idea phase does not count as part of your two weeks.


Journal: For Pride Month, we’re writing letters. Each Pride Monday, I’m going to ask you to write a letter to someone. That person can be living or dead, real or fictional. You don’t have to share this letter in any way, but obviously if you feel brave and open go for it. I want to leave you with the quote that inspired me to share this: “Letter writing is transformative. Letter writing is harm reduction” – Red, Survived & Punished


  1. Write to the first queer/trans person you in your memory. This could be a younger version of yourself if you knew early; they could be someone you didn’t treat particularly well; they could be someone you only passed once on the street or someone still in your life. Center that person and their wholeness not you and your growth (potentially at their expense).
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