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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: 
07/02/2021

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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: 
12/15/2020

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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: 
07/31/2020

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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: 
04/15/2020

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Artist Residency Opportunity for 2020/2021

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PlatteForum, as an artist community, supports the creation and presentation of new art and ideas by contemporary artists. By supporting working artists, PlatteForum generates dialogue in the larger community about the role of the artist in society. Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residences are built upon the notion of engaging the broader community in the creation of new work, where artists, youth, and the public collaborate. Each resident artist becomes a catalyst for innovative and expanded thinking about what art is and can be.

Residencies at PlatteForum are competitive with over 100 applications and only four to five slots awarded each year. Each residency gives the artist the time, space and support to extend their work and share their ideas with the public. Artistic excellence, innovative ideas for engagement and collaboration with the public, and a diversity of ideas, genres, and methodologies are paramount in selecting artists for only four to five available slots in the Artist Residency program each season. Residencies are typically 6-8 weeks in duration. Residency timeslots follow the approximate schedule:
Residency A: Sept-Oct 2020
Residency B: Jan-March 2021
Residency C: March-May 2021
Residency D: June-July 2021
Residency E: June/July 2021

The Artist Residency program is open to artists in all genres and disciplines. Applications from established professional artists, emerging artists, and graduate students are welcome. We encourage local, national, and international artists to apply. Artistic excellence, merit, and creative ways for interacting with the public as articulated in the application are important criteria in the selection process. Applicants must be able to speak and understand English. There is a three-year waiting period for former residents (for example, an Artist Resident from the 2018-19 season is not eligible to apply until the 2021-22 season).

PlatteForum is a member of the Alliance of Artist Communities, an international organization that advances creativity. Community connections nurtured by collaborations and partnerships with organizations, schools, and individuals that extend the artist’s aesthetic are integral to each residency. The PlatteForum approach — teaming creative residents with youth and the community — makes a valuable contribution to our city’s cultural discourse, fosters personal growth for the artist, and positively impacts the lives of participating individuals. PlatteForum’s uniqueness gives artists, youth, and community members opportunities that they might not find elsewhere.

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STIPEND and SUPPORT: PlatteForum provides our resident artists a stipend ($250/week) to help defray artist expenses, staff support, program administration, workshop support, youth workshop supplies, opening event, press releases, and invitations.

FACILITIES and SERVICES: The facility is over 4000 square feet with dedicated open studio (2,000 square feet) is surrounded by staff offices, kitchen, and restrooms.

HOUSING: Guest housing will be provided by members of the PlatteForum community for out-of-town artists.

MEALS: A full kitchen is available for artists’ use.

COMPUTER/INTERNET ACCESS: Computer, wireless internet, and wireless printers are available throughout the facility.

ACCESSIBILITY: Studios, grounds, and all public and private areas are accessible to people with limited mobility and wheelchairs.

RESIDENCY FEES: None

Deadline: 
03/15/2020
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Athena Project

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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). This Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in one of three models: concert or table readings and our workshops. Rehearsals and presentation will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2020. Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and basic design elements during presentations. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2019.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1. Playwright must be a woman and may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.

2. Previously un-produced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.

3. Submission must include:

a. BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200 word limit (This file will contain NO playwright contact info*)

b. Cover letter addressing: 1) what the playwright would like to accomplish working with a director, dramaturg and cast and 2) how she heard about the call for submissions

c. Resume 

4. Plays submitted without all supporting materials included will be disqualified.

5. We recommend the playwright be able to travel to the area for rehearsals as needed, and for at least one performance at her own expense. We will select 3-6 playwrights to participate in the PIP Series and hope to strike a balance between local and national work. Exact rehearsal and performance schedules will be worked out with the director, dramaturg, and playwright after all plays are selected. Travel stipends are offered.

*Contact information must be listed ONLY on resume and cover letter, not on the script, the first page of which will be its title, a character breakdown and a short synopsis (submissions will be read blind).

Timeline:

Deadline to submit all materials is midnight, April 15, 2019**
Three – six finalists will be selected by September 2019
Directors and Dramaturgs will be selected by October 2019
Casting will be between November-December 2019
Rehearsals will begin in February 2020
Plays In Progress Series will open approximately March or April 2020

**Athena Project reserves the right to close submissions before April 15, 2019.

Deadline: 
04/15/2019
Fee Detail: 
none
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