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Supernova Silent Screen

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Denver Digerati’s Silent Screen initiative provides the ultimate walking tour that reflects how digital animation and motion art can be integrated with LED display technology as a dynamic form of public art. Our six screen locations are located within the core of the Denver Theatre District in downtown Denver.

Musical weirdo and visionary” (Vice) Beatie Wolfe is an artist who has beamed her music into space, been appointed a UN Women role model for innovation, and held an acclaimed solo exhibition of her ‘world first’ album designs at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Wolfe’s latest innovation is an environmental protest piece built using 800,000 years of climate data to visualise rising CO2 levels which was unveiled at the Nobel Prize Summit, London Design Biennale and the United Nations Global Climate Conference COP26.

For this year’s Silent Screen, we want YOU to submit your work to be shown on one of our public LED screens, all of which feature a non-traditional format. Feel free to think of this topic broadly in the ways in which most resonate with you. We will match you with a screen where you will create works formatted to this unique exhibition opportunity.

Activating Environmental Awareness asks each of us what we can do in this age of climate crisis where vital planet-saving messages are getting lost in the noise and onslaught of daily news, social media and notifications that the digital era has created. With everything occupying this same superficial stream of information that infiltrates our day-to-day lives, bombarding our sensory systems until we are numb, overloaded and fatigued, how can anything imprint? Art has the power to cut through and communicate complex messages that can open up our hearts and minds, activate awareness, and inspire action on a large scale.” — Beatie Wolfe

Your proposal should include 2-4 visual samples as aesthetic references, a brief statement about the concept you are proposing, and a little about your overall art practice.

All works to be considered for Silent Screen must be suitable for general public viewing and will be shown without sound. Artists may choose to produce accompanying sound for online presentation and reference purposes. All final works will be limited in duration with a minimum of 45 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes.

Visit our Silent Screen Format page to learn more about the six screens we activate in this public art exhibition and to submit your proposal.

https://denverdigerati.org/silent-screen-supernova

Deadline: 
30/May/2022

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Supernova Digital Animation Festival

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Supernova 7th Dimension is a comprehensive showcase of digital animation and motion art that promotes experimentation, innovation, imagination, individual artistry, equity, diversity, and solidarity amongst those leveraging computer software as the primary tools in their craft. 

Supernova’s seventh year aims to elevate artists that are changing the world and those who fashion their unique position in a multi-faceted society. The number 7 acquired complex significance throughout history with ties to early science, esoteric practices, and numerology. In its symbolic representation, the number 7 has been influential across the ages, influencing artists from the Medieval period, to Surrealists in the early 20th century, and even film, which is acknowledged as the “7th Art.” A full schedule of activities and programming can be reviewed online at denverdigerati.org/2022-7th-dimension 

Supernova 7th Dimension Festival Highlights

7th annual Supernova Digital Animation Festival to be held in September 2022 as a multi-dimensional International showcase devoted exclusively to digital animation and motion art.

10+ hours of programming with $5,000 in cash prizes awarded to artists across competition categories.

Submissions accepted through FilmFreeway February 14 - July 1st, 2022.

Silent Screen walking tour with special guest curator Beatie Wolfe, supporting environmental awareness.

Commissioned Animations presented nightly in September for Night Lights Denver.

Live in-person screening evening returns at the Sie Film Center in association with Denver Film.

Solo Artist Spotlight featuring South Korean artist Yaloo.

Additional panel discussion and auxiliary community activations in development for 2022.

 

Supernova is a singular example of innovation within an urban context, as well as a celebration of the most dynamic and rapidly growing artistic medium in animation, film and video, representing the Next Generation of Art. Supernova’s primary emphasis is on short-form animation and motion-artworks, however; the festival also supports long-form projects, including feature length films that promote distinguished advances in the medium. Supernova does not limit submissions to any specific genre, but is most interested in artists exploring experimental practices and innovative creators that are pushing the boundaries of the medium in new and exciting ways. Students are encouraged to submit their work for our annual Student Shorts competition. Supernova feature programs are presented online throughout the month of September, capped with a concluding celebration to honor our award recipients. Select programs will be featured in a special live event on screens in the theaters at the Sie Film Center in Denver, Colorado on September 23rd.

Supernova is presented by Denver Digerati, a nonprofit specializing in digital animation and motion art, with the belief in the freedom to create without restrictions. Supernova is funded in part by The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, cultivating arts and leaders for a vibrant community. Additional financial support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. Screen sponsors include The Denver Theatre District, Orange Barrel Media, Branded Cities, UAC and Denver Film.

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$5,000 in cash prize awards
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Artists and animators selected for Supernova competition programs have the opportunity to compete for cash-prize awards, a pool totaling approximately $5,000 including our annual artist residency, offered within the focal competition program. 

Focal Competition Jurors: Yaloo, John Butler and Frank Wang Yefeng 
Everything Abstract Sonic Competition Juror: Milton Melvin Croissant III 
Everything Abstract Experimental Competition Juror: Wednesday Kim 
Student Short Competition Jurors: Cherish Marquez, Barry Whittaker and Livy Snyder 
Director's Choice Curators: Ivar Zeile and Sharifa Moore

Previous festival award recipients are not eligible for awards two years in a row, but may still submit content for Superonova's curated programs.

Deadline: 
01/July/2022

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Fee Detail: 
$15-25
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Supernova Digital Animation Festival "Regeneration"

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Regeneration celebrates a period of renewed existence, an improvement of social and economic conditions, a release from corruption, positive feedback, and the reactivation of a catalyst. It represents the conceptualization of a generation that will disrupt the hegemonic structures of the past and a break from patterns that no longer serve. A REgeneration in the spirit of change and expansive reasoning towards an alternate future that puts digital motion artists and their work at the forefront.

Denver, February 23rd — Denver Digerati opens the “Regeneration” artist submission portal for the 6th annual Supernova Digital Animation Festival, dedicated solely to artists working with digital animation and motion art, hosted in Denver, Colorado. Supernova is presented by Denver Digerati, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with the mission to advance digital motion art through exhibition and education, accelerating the merger of art and technology. Artists from across the world can submit for consideration, their latest motion-artworks through the Supernova Film Freeway portal. 

The Supernova Digital Animation Festival is a singular example of innovation within an urban context, as well as a celebration of visionary artists who utilize technology to influence new media artworks and animation. Supernova will employ a multi-faceted approach for presentation in 2021. Thousands of Colorado residents will have the advantage of attending a walking-tour activation of the large network of public LED displays, through partnership with the Denver Theater District, as well as the continuation of a month-long takeover of Night Lights Denver, on the iconic Daniels & Fisher Tower, supporting artists through direct commissions for their work. The full slate of programming will be exhibited through a robust online platform throughout the month of September. 

In 2021, Denver Digerati will increase the focus on education and will offer a series of Crush Courses. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the workshops, which will be led by some of the most successful artists working in the medium today. In addition to classes for adults, teen classes will be taught, with the inclusion of reduced-rate or free education for youth. All of the workshops will bring the opportunity for works produced in the classes to be shown in the festival providing a unique and exciting exhibition experience.Artists may submit up to two animations for consideration through Supernova’s submission portal on Film Freeway. Artists submitting their work prior to April 30th enjoy a discounted submission fee. The final deadline is July 2nd. Program selections are announced in early September, along with the full program of additional arts activations, and community collaborations.  

** All Supernova submissions must be suitable for public presentation. Artists working with adult themes will be considered for the annual “Overdrive - Adults Only Animation” program curated by celebrated artist Faiyaz Jafri.

Supernova is supported by the Denver Theatre District, Bonfils Stanton Foundation and numerous partnership organizations. Use of outdoor LED screens for Supernova is made possible by Branded Cities and Orange Barrel Media. A full list of 2021 sponsors will be announced this summer. For a full recap of the 2020 festival, visit denverdigerati.org/supernova-archive. 

Prize summary: 
Cash Prize awards totaling $5,000 for Festival competition categories
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Denver Digerati awards approximately $5,000 total in cash prize awards to winners in multiple program categories, with the focal competition presenting the best of all submissions.  A new component of the awards in 2021 is the introduction of an artist residency program, connecting award winners to further the conversation around their work following Supernova’s conclusion. The festival supports work by seasoned artists and those seeking to develop within the field, including works considered for the festival’s annual Student Competition, and student works produced directly through Denver Digerati’s education department. 

Supernova Award winners from 2020 included: Sine Özbilge, Huckleberry Hax and Ted Wiggin in the focal Competition, Maja Gehrig and Raquel Meyers in the World on Fire program, Natalie Nichols, and the team of Kaz Fantone and Wyatt Hall in the Student Shorts program, and the Award of Distinction to Kimberly Burleigh in the Director’s Choice program

Deadline: 
02/July/2021

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15 - 25 USD
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SPE Media Fest

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The SPE (Society for Photographic Education) Media Festival (originally the SPE Women's Film Festival) has featured innovative and provocative short documentaries, animation and fiction by, for and about women and minorities since 1995. Due to COVID-10, the 2021 Media Fest will be held online for five days, March 17-21, during the 2021 SPE National Conference. The SPE Media Fest will be available online to the public without charge for five days only. The theme of the conference is Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria. Narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts under 30 minutes, that address issues of concern to minorities, women, global or LGBTQ communities, human rights, or the conference theme are eligible. All rights must be cleared. Laurels for three awards, Best Women’s Film, Best Multicultural Film, and Best LGBTQ Film will be awarded. SPE membership is not required to enter the festival.

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3 prize laurels will be awarded:
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Best Women’s Film, Best Multicultural Film, and Best LGBTQ Film laurels will be awarded.

Deadline: 
15/December/2020

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Entry fee for submissions received by 11:59 PM, Oct. 15, 2020 is $10, fee for submissions received Oct. 16 – Nov.15 is $15. Fee for submissions received Nov. 16- Dec. 15 is $25.
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Supernova Digital Animation Festival 2020 - WORLD ON FIRE

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Supernova Digital Animation Festival - World on Fire

Denver Digerati is accepting artist submissions through FilmFreeway for the 5th annual Supernova Digital Animation Festival, the world’s only festival dedicated to artists working with digital animation and motion-based art, hosted in Denver, Colorado. The Supernova Festival focuses on a wide array of motion-artworks created by individual artists or teams using computer software as the focal development of their work. “World on Fire” is the theme for Supernova 2020, supporting the need for a much greater collective consciousness across all critical paths and intersections with humanity. 

Supernova’s day of in-competition programming will take place on Saturday, September 19th, with additional art activations and hosted events throughout September. Supernova is presented by Denver Digerati, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with the mission to advance digital motion-art through exhibition and education, accelerating the merger of art and technology.

Supernova’s explosion of digital animation and motion-art captivates thousands of Colorado residents and visitors across a network of large scale outdoor public LED displays and partner venues in the Denver Theatre District, including a month-long takeover of Night Lights Denver, on the iconic Daniels & Fisher Tower. 

"The whole concept and execution of this fest is great. I love how the public outside screenings allow the films to mix with the sounds and happenings of the urban environment (not unlike a John Cage indeterminacy composition). I think every film was enriched through this juxtaposition. Though cinema is a powerful art form, there is always a strange backdrop of intangibility compared to the more tactile nature of some other arts. The outside screening sort of solidified the experience in a way, giving cinema (the intangible) a body of sorts. The result is electrifying." - Michael Edwards, 2019 Supernova Competition participating artist

Prizes Details: 

Denver Digerati awards significant cash prizes to winners in at least three different program categories and digital motion-art genres such as narrative, abstract, experimental, playful, mind-bending, gaming, machinema, music video, educational, and documentary. The festival supports work by seasoned artists and those seeking to develop within the field, including works considered for the festival’s annual Student Competition. A special premiere program devoted to this year’s theme “World on Fire” will feature animations that best reflect society’s global challenges. 

Deadline: 
31/July/2020

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$10 submissions through May 31st, $2o through July 31st
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Call for Script Submissions - Athena Project Plays In Progress Series 2021

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Athena Project--located in Denver, Colorado--is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS). Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, and cast for presentation. This PIP Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in the model of a Table Reading which includes approximately 3-5 hours of video conference time with the dramaturg, director, and playwright and 1.5 hours of readthrough/rehearsal before performance. The dramaturg will moderate a talkback following the public performance. Over the course of approximately April and May 2021, conferences will take place with rehearsal and presentation to take place in early June in Denver at a location to be determined. Scripts are accepted from March 1 - April 15, 2020. (Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2020.)

Timeline:

  • Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2020 or when submissions reach 275.
  • Three - six finalists will be selected by October 2020
  • Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by April 2021
  • Casting will be in May 2021
  • Plays In Progress Series will be in early June 2021
Deadline: 
15/April/2020

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