Animation, Arts & Culture

This Week In Experimental: Volume 58


Hello Experimenters!


The heat wave is wearing me out today; so, I’ll be brief. The big news this week: we’re now on Discord! I’ve been thinking of ways that we can grow our community and learn from each other. I hope that this Discord server is a way for all of us to find more people who understand our practices and the songs we carry in our hearts. I can’t wait to see what all of you have to share and say.


One last thing: Boston area LGBTQ+ folks, Georden West is looking for extras for their forthcoming feature. Interested? Fill out this form.


In solidarity,



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Emergency Funds

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

Artist Relief Cycle XIII due June 23rd

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

Inspired by Words due June 7th (TODAY)

Art Trail due June 11th

Open Screen due June 13th

POOL 21 due June 14th

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest due June 15th

Artist of the Month: Pride due June 20th

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

Garage Gallery due June 7th (TODAY)

Remote_CTRL R&D Residency due June 7th (TODAY)

Hybrida residency due June 13th

Stove Works Artist-in-Residence due June 15th

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

The Firelight Media Documentary Lab due June 15th

(Egg)celerator Lab due June 22nd

Caldera AIR due June 25th


Swimming in AIR (remote) due June 25th

North Star Fellowship due June 28th

Artists-In-ATHICA due June 30th

Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellowship due June 30th

Women In Film Finishing Fund due June 30th

Light Work Artist-in-Residence due July 1st

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

The Everyday Projects due June 7th (TODAY)

Innovate Grant due June 10th

ITVS due June 11th

Points North Fellowship Extended Deadline June 14th

Black Lens Filmmaker Grant due June 15th

Filmed by Bike: BIPOC Filmmaker Grant due June 15th

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

Interchange Artist Grant due July 5th

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)

Chavela (June 2nd – 8th)

Nour Ouayda, Towards the Sun (May 29th – June 11th)

Rossella Biscotti, Disorientation Notes (May 29th – June 11th)

Grau, History of Light (May 29th – June 11th)

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)

Luxando (June 4th – 13th)

Handtinting (June 4th – 13th)

Athyrium filix-femina (June 4th – 13th)

Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival (June 9th – 13th)

Chto Delat, Border Musical (May 19th – June 15th)

The Power of Love: Three Trans Stories (June 9th – 15th)

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

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

Who Will Start Another Fire (June 11th – 24th)

They Still Want to Kill Us (May 26th – July 31st)

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

Elle Pérez Works Between the Frame


Things to Read

Article/Essay: Artists Joan E. Biren (JEB), Lola Flash, and Tiona Nekkia McClodden on Lesbian Visibility by Maximilíano Durón

Book Recommendation: With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

Poem: Pluto Shits on the Universe by Fatimah Asghar


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 find your accountability person/group. These should be other people undertaking this challenge that you can check in with about their progress and share your own. If you’re feeling isolated from other experimental people, I decided to make us a Discord server! By next week, you should be prepared to enter the production phase–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


2) Write to a queer/trans elder. Remember their context. Consider the trails they blazed for you (yes, even you cishet folks). Tell them how they and their contemporaries softened the earth for your landing.

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