4th Annual

Migrating Forms - Festival of Film and Video

May 11, 2012 to May 20, 2012

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We accept films and videos of all lengths and genres, and focus on work that is experimental in form.


Migrating Forms grew out of the New York Underground Film Festival (1993–2008), a grassroots endeavor that evolved into a landmark international venue for documentary, experimental and avant-garde narrative film and video. Over the past fifteen years, notions of "underground" have changed and NYUFF has transformed. Migrating Forms continues in the tradition of supporting and exhibiting underground film and video, focusing on filmmakers working to re-invent and re-contextualize established practices and to foster new forms of media art.


We seek to showcase the most innovative films and videos across genres, sometimes work that may not find other screening opportunities because of its content, length or hybrid nature. We encourage all filmmakers working within or against experimental, documentary or avant-garde traditions to submit.

In the past 2 years Migrating Forms has presented new work by Harun Farocki, Peggy Ahwesh, Luke Fowler, John Gianvito, Jean-Marie Straub, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Lav Diaz, Owen Land, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Shana Moulton, Alejandro Adams, Barbara Hammer, Neil Beloufa, Laure Prouvost, Jaqueline Goss, Michael Robinson and many more (see migratingforms.org for a full program listing). Past editions of the NYUFF have presented the New York premieres of films as disparate as Sam Green's The Weather Underground, Mike Kelley's Day is Done, Asia Argento's The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, and Ryan Trecartin's A Family Finds Entertainment.


Kevin McGarry (Festival Registrar); Nellie Killian (Festival Registrar); Nellie Killian (Festival Registrar)


Migrating Forms grew out of the New York Underground Film Festival, which itself grew from 1993 to 2008 into a landmark international venue for documentary, experimental and avant-garde narrative film and video. As the notion of the underground has dispersed since the mid-nineties, we have adopted a new identity that reflects the quality of work shown at recent installments of the NYUFF.

Please, do not enclose elaborate presentation materials, press kits, binders, etc. with your entry. All that is necessary to mail is a clearly identified DVD and, if you like, a synopsis or contextual statement about the work. These are the only items that our programmers will see when they evaluate your submission. We don't want you to pay for embellishments, and they generate lots of waste.

If your film is selected for the festival we will contact you about images and press kits. or better yet: put these materials online and include the URL in your entry form. Also, do not affix any stickers directly onto your disc, they interfere with our ability to watch your DVD.

Continuing a policy of the New York Underground Film Festival, filmmakers whose work screened with us during NYUFF may opt to waive the entry fee.

If you are working in a part of the world where an entry fee would prohibit you from submitting your film, contact us at info@migratingforms.org to request a fee waiver.


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.

Migrating Forms is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Migrating Forms from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.