New York International Children’s Film Festival Announces 2018 Call for Entries and Special Award for Stop-Motion Animat ion

For 20 years, the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) has curated artistically innovative live action, animation, and documentary film programs for young people, building a devoted audience that returns year after year to expand their horizons and explore new genres and worlds.

As a leader in presenting the art of international animation, the Festival is thrilled to be offering a special cash award for the best stop-motion animation film featured in competition in the 2018 program. NYICFF stands in the unique position of sharing the magic and possibilities of stop-motion as a distinctive art form, from its origins as a uniquely hand-crafted medium to one which now also integrates with the latest digital technologies. The winner of the stop-motion award will receive recognition and a cash prize of $2,500 thanks to special corporate support. Additionally, winners of the Festival’s 2018 Grand Prize Short Award and the Jury Awards for Animated Short and Live Action Short will receive one free year of VimeoPRO, courtesy of Vimeo. Jury Award winners for Animated Short and Live Action Short also qualify for Academy-Award eligibility.

Submissions are currently open through November, and a special reduced rate is available to stop-motion entries. The Festival will be held February 23 through March 18, 2018 at venues throughout New York City. In addition to stop-motion film entries, the Festival open call also seeks submissions for innovative, compelling, and visually and thematically original short and feature animation, live action, and documentary films for audiences ages 3-18

Now in its 21st year, the NY International Children’s Film Festival was originally founded to support the creation of a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. As such, the Festival often presents films that were not originally created with young audiences in mind, but resonate among children and families nonetheless. It is this bold and thought-provoking approach to programming that has made the Festival a distinctive cultural touchstone in New York City.

An Oscar® – qualifying Festival in the Best Live Action and Animated Short Film categories, the Festival’s prestigious jury includes filmmakers and producers Sofia Coppola, James Schamus, Gus Van Sant, Christine Vachon, and Taika Waititi; actors/producers/directors Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Uma Thurman, and distinguished animator and animation history scholar John Canemaker, among others. NYICFF’s selects films that result in Oscar®-nominations as well as premiere or showcase the year’s acclaimed nominee films, including most recently in 2017, nominated films from the Best Feature Animation (My Life As A Zucchini), Best Short Animation (Blind Vaysha), and Best Short Live Action categories (Sing).

Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films through Withoutabox for the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival are as follows:

November 20, 2017: LATE DEADLINE (EXTENDED) for short film entries-$75 fee ($40 student fee); 20% discount for stop motion entries with the promo code “StoMoNYICFF”

December 1, 2017: LATE DEADLINE for feature film entries-$125 fee ($80 student fee)

Complete eligibility information, submission fees and official rules and regulations for 2018 can be found at

Call for Entries in the Alternative Havana Biennial May 2018

The Museum of Politically Uneasy Art, alongside a group of independent Cuban spaces, artists, theorists and curators are calling for entries for the #00 Havana Biennial which will take place from May 5-15, 2018 in the Cuban capital.

This event was conceived in the wake of the decision made by the Ministry of Culture, the National Council of Visual Arts and the Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art to postpone until 2019 the XII Havana Biennial (scheduled to take place from October 5th to November 5th 2018), as a result of the damages caused by hurricane Irma.

That’s why, independently and with the intention of supporting the development of Cuban culture, at a time when the country is experiencing a serious crisis of faith, when banalities and despair are on the rise, and taking art’s demanding and emancipatory power as our banner, we believe it’s imperative that this event isn’t delayed and to put it on with the minimal resources available.

The #00 Havana Biennial with no set theme and international projection is calling upon artists of all nationalities, with no age restrictions to participate. A team of curators will be responsible for choosing the projects that will be featured in the program, a selection that will be made using inclusive criteria and dialogue.

The #00 Biennial has no state or private funding. Its organizers will work voluntarily. It will take place via personal initiatives to collect funds, exchanging experiences and materials among participants and collaborators themselves. There will also be a crowdfunding campaign to print catalogues, programs, merchandising and for other production expenses.

Requirements for Cuban artists and/or curators who live on the island:

-To work in any art form. (We are especially interested in giving priority to artistic expressions such as graffiti, performance art, public interventions, art on the internet, etc. as the event doesn’t have many exhibition venues)

-To present one to three proposals (curatorial project or art piece) in a digital format with high resolution (300 dpi) images, technical notes, statement, specific requirements for assembly, a brief biography (max. 200 words), personal contact information and photo of the artist.The artist’s career won’t be taken into account, nor will the short biography and other information that is being requested, this is only needed so it can be included in the event’s catalogue. Projects that don’t have all of this information won’t be accepted.

-Projects don’t need to be unpublished.

-To have an exhibition space or try to find one (a private home, public space that is open to being taken over. In both cases, the social impact the intervention can have is the artist’s, curator’s and organizing team’s sole responsibility.) During the preparation phase of the event, the organizers will establish links between artists, curators and independent spaces so that possible work connections can be created, but they won’t be responsible for setting up the artist’s work in any way.

-Participants must take charge of setting up their own works.

-The selected piece can’t be replaced by another during the duration of the event.

Requirements for Cuban or foreign artists and/or curators who live abroad:

-The event organizers will not be responsible for bringing artists to Cuba or moving works from one country to another. Nor will the organizers be responsible for getting entrance visas to Cuba.

– Present one to three proposals (curatorial project or art piece) in a digital format with high resolution (300 dpi) images, technical notes, statement, specific requirements for assembly, a brief biography (max. 200 words), personal contact information and photo of the artist. Projects that don’t have all of this information won’t be accepted.

-The artist’s career won’t be taken into account, nor will the short biography and other information that is being requested, this is only needed so it can be included in the event’s catalogue.

-The work can be in any art form (We are especially interested in giving priority to artistic expressions such as graffiti, performance art, public interventions, art on the internet, etc. as the event doesn’t have many exhibition venues).

The artist does NOT have to be in Cuba when producing their work, they should only send a proposal taking into account the minimum human and material resources they need, as the organizers will be responsible for setting them up and finding a venue to exhibit them. Nevertheless, any artist that can, needs to or wants to produce a more complex piece of work in terms of cost, will have access to an account where they can send money to be specifically used for their work. The Biennial team will be voluntarily responsible for arranging the production of the work according to conversations with the artist.

-A project that is selected for the event cannot be replaced by another.

Selection criteria:

The jury will take into account the aesthetic and conceptual aspects of each project and their cost of production, while the organization team will be open to all kinds of negotiations with the artists who send in proposals.

Closing date for applications

Proposals will start being received on November 1, 2017 until January 2, 2018.

Work conversations between artists and curators in pursuit of an ideal production of each accepted proposal will begin as soon as projects are accepted by the selection committee.

Projects selected to take part in the event will be made public on February 1, 2018.

Cuban artists who are scheduled to have an exhibition at an institution-owned venue during the time of the #00 Havana Biennial (May 5-15th 2018), can include this exhibition within the event program if they wish to do so, as long as it meets the event’s selection criteria.

Cultural institutions or venues, both government-run and private, who want to participate in the event can do so in a climate of respect and dialogue.

The biennial includes a theoretical event that will have its own separate call for entries.

The memoir of the event will be collected in a book/catalogue and in a program, which is why it’s essential that closing dates are respected so that every proposal can be featured.

*For further information, those interested can send an email to: which is where proposals for the event should also be sent.

Kresge Arts in Detroit offers $25,000 fellowships to artists

Artists working in film, music, dance, theater and performance art can apply for $25,000 fellowships through Kresge Arts in Detroit.

Eighteen fellowships are available to artists living and working in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Two $5,000 emerging artist awards also will be awarded in live arts and a second category, film and music.

The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2018.

Selections will be announced in June. Recipients are selected by independent panels of local and national artists and arts professionals. New panels are convened each year for the review process.

Kresge Arts in Detroit is funded by the Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. It has contributed $4 million to the local creative economy through the Kresge Eminent Artist awards and through Kresge Artist Fellowships.

Read more and apply at

Grants to Individual Artists for Creative Endeavors in the Literary, Performing and Visual Arts

Apply for an Integrity: Arts & Culture Association (IACA) Mini-Grant today!

Grants averaging $250 to individual artists to support creative endeavors in the literary, performing, and visual arts. Funds are intended to be used for expenses such as art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project related expenses, etc.

This is our way of planting seeds that we believe will continue to grow. We believe the arts are essential to the health and vitality of communities and the nation.

For eligibility and application information, email or visit

Deadline December 16, 2017

View additional details at Kristina Brown,

Application for STOMACH III Edition

For the third edition of STOMACH, the organization invites independent practitioners, art students and artists of all backgrounds, to showcase their works on Saturday the 9th of December 2017 at the Hoxton Arches Gallery, located in the heart of East London´s art scene.

The aim of STOMACH III Edition is to search out for and showcase artworks by artists that have embraced their individual exegesis in art, artworks that are a product of an inner balance in a world full of diversity and often chaos. We believe the role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever in the framework of contemporary art debates and we will take in consideration artwork of different matters.

We accept applications for all art forms including visuals arts, sculptures, installations, jewellery, ceramics, and new media arts.

Submission deadline – 10th November.

The submission is free of charge. Payment of £65 is only required once your application is successful.

Each artist is responsible for delivering their artwork to the gallery ready for exhibiting (details will be provided upon acceptance).

Stomach takes no commission on sales.

If youre interested in exhibiting, please send images of your works along with a short artists statement and a short bio or website, to, with subject line artist portfolio application.

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For further information about Stomach please contact us at

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Open Call for Artists // Festival 12×12 Paris

The 8th edition of Festival 12×12, taking place in the 12th arrondissement of Paris in December, is calling for artists or collectives to apply for their upcoming 12-day event. For the duration of Festival 12×12, a series of exhibitions, happenings and performances will take place throughout the district. Artists working in visual (painting, installation, drawing, video, performance) or live arts (theatre, music, dance) are welcome to submit applications.

Festival 12×12 is organized by le 100ecs and la Mairie du 12e arrondissement, with assistance from the city of Paris. The festival aims to bring together creatives across the arts, whether amateur or established, to provoke engagement with the public.

The theme of this year’s festival is ’12 artistic views on a world in flux’ (12 regards d’artistes sur un monde en mutation) and artists are asked to respond with proposals for exhibiting already created works or for residencies to create works on site.

A PDF or PPT file portfolio of work, with CV, proposal, budget and material requirements for on-site works should be submitted by email to
Application Info
Deadline: May 15, 2017

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