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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
After 15 years, 2008 marked the last New York Underground Film Festival. Former festival director Ed Halter says NYUFF was "created to showcase films that weren't being supported anywhere else. Over time, we evolved into a festival that promoted our own special blend of documentaries, features and experimental work. People came to expect the unexpected at the NYUFF; we became an anti-institutional institution."
The organization has undergone many changes over the last 5 years and has decided that a restructuring and refocusing is in order if the spirit of the institution is to live on. A new organization called Migrating Forms has been formed by two of NYUFF's current directors, Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry, and will continue to produce a film and video festival in the spring, with the addition of year-round programming.
The name Migrating Forms signals a passing of the torch from NYUFF to the future, and it also addresses the present condition of film and video arts-filmmakers are exploring new technologies while re-inventing and re-contextualizing traditional practices. The name Migrating Forms comes from a title of a film by a filmmaker who has gained much attention from his 8-year participation in the NYUFF, James Fotopoulos, and we think this is a nice, if oblique, way to remain connected to our past. A full press release with more information on the new organization will be available soon.
So let's migrate... submit your film now to Migrating Forms: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=7323
Kevin McGarry (Co-Director); Mo Johnston (Co-Director); Nellie Killian (Co-Director)
What is 'Underground'?
When selecting films for exhibition, we seek to go beyond what mainstream venues show, presenting works of an innovative,
experimental, subversive, critical, uncompromising, and adventurous nature.
The NYUFF exists to support and promote these films that push boundaries and break new ground -- that challenge and entertain.
How to Enter - NO FIBER FILLED ENVELOPES PLEASE!!
Entries must be submitted on DVD (NTSC OR PAL). 1/2" videocassette (NTSC OR PAL/SECAM) cassettes are also accepted.
If submitted on DVD, DO NOT POST LABELS ON DVD. All films in languages other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English, unless dialogue is non-essential to comprehension and appreciation.
A Note on "Category"
If your film or video contains any form of "story," it is advised you
enter your piece in the "narrative" category.
Each film or video must be accompanied by
- a synopsis and/or artist's statement (optional)
- the appropriate entry fee, if you have not paid by credit card (see below)
Checks and money orders should be made out to NYUFF. We also accept credit card payments through WAB.
NOTE: Filmmakers who have screened in previous editions of the NYUFF may waive the entry free. Please include the film's title and year screened. This is optional.
Cost of shipping to the festival is covered by the entrant. Shipping must be prepaid. Collect or COD shipments without prior arrangements cannot be accepted. Each tape must be marked in English with the title
of the entry. Entrant's identification must be on the case and the tape.
Please use only plastic or bubble-pack cases when shipping entries - no fiber cases please!
All entries must be mailed to:
Call for Entries
New York Underground Film Festival
195 Chrystie Street, #503
New York, NY 10002
Selection and Notification
The selection of films is made by the Festival Selection Committee. No
cuts or changes will be made by the Festival. You will be notified as to the status of your entry the week of March 1, 2008 via email. If accepted, your Exhibition Print will need to be in our office by March 20, 2008.
Due to the high number of entries, the NYUFF cannot return preview tapes or any supporting materials. Please not send SASEs for the
return of your tape, because we will simply ignore them and use the stamps.
How to Contact Us
For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By entering your motion picture for consideration, you attest that you hold all rights to exhibit the given work.
I have read, understand, and agree to all entry guidelines and requirements.