Animation, Arts & Culture

This Week In Experimental: Volume 59


Hello Experimenters!


Thanks for waiting for another Tuesday release. I was AFK this weekend enjoying Cape Cod for the first time despite having lived in Massachusetts since 2013. It was even more magical than I could have guessed. What magic have you encountered lately?


In solidarity,



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Emergency Funds

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

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

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest due June 15th (TODAY)

Artist of the Month: Pride due June 20th

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

Experimental Film Odyssey Earlybird Deadline June 30th

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Earlybird Deadline June 30th

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

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

Experimental Film Odyssey Regular Deadline July 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 31st

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

Stove Works Artist-in-Residence due June 15th (TODAY)

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

The Firelight Media Documentary Lab due June 15th (TODAY)

(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

Black Lens Filmmaker Grant due June 15th (TODAY)

Filmed by Bike: BIPOC Filmmaker Grant due June 15th (TODAY)

Collective Futures Fund due June 15th (TODAY)

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

AXS Film Fund due September 4th

Catapult Development Grant

The Photodom Grant Program

Black Artists Grant (UK)


Boston Opportunity Funds



Things to Watch

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

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)

Film Celebrating Pride Month (June 11th – 30th)

Cousins and Kin: Anti-Ethnography (June 16th – July 15th)

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

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


Things to Read

Article/Essay: Dear Sister Outsider by Lavelle Porter

Book Recommendation: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Poem: Winter by Timothy Liu


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. Welcome to the official start of the 2 Week Film Challenge! Use this week to collect media (video, film, images, sound, etc). If you’re feeling isolated from other experimental people, I decided to make us a Discord server! Use it to share some progress stills or vent your frustrations.


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


3) Write to a queer artist who shaped your practice. Don’t get hung up on disciplines or approaches. Think about inspiration, perspective, and provocation.

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