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Call for Films | 4th Annual Feminist Film Festival

4th Annual Feminist Film Festival is hosted by the Women’s Resources Center/Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. The Annual Feminist Film Festival welcomes films from undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. People underrepresented in the media field are especially encouraged to submit a film to the festival. The Annual Feminist Film Festival is a grassroots event that utilizes art and alternative media to bring social issues into the fore. The goal of the festival is to showcase independent student films spanning documentary, narrative, and experimental genres in order to explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture. Now in its 4th year, the festival strives to serve as a space for underrepresented artists and filmmakers—particularly women and people of color—to raise consciousness concerning issues related to gender, race, class, sexuality, ability status and other dimensions of social inequality, as well as, the deconstruction of normalized categories of being. The University of Illinois Annual Feminist Film Festival is organized and hosted by the campus Women’s Resources Center, in collaboration with a variety of campus units and departments. Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois are encouraged to get involved. For more information, contact the Women’s Resources Center at 217.333.3137 or Assistant Director, Rachel Lauren Storm at rstorm2@illinois.edu.

Submission Requirements: Submissions must come from undergraduate and graduate/professional students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Short film submissions should be between 5 minutes and 15 minutes in length. No films over 15 minutes will be accepted into the festival. Films submitted to the festival must meet at least two of the following criteria: Films created with a focus on gender and/or social justice issues; Films that bring focus to local and/or global issues; Films created by people underrepresented in the media field (women, people of color, queer/transgender, persons with disabilities, etc.).

 Important Dates/Deadlines: Submission Deadline: Friday, April 15th, 2013 by 5pm at the Women’s Resources Center

Electronic submissions are preferred (upload and send the link) to rstorm2@illinois.edu, but DVDs and flash drive submissions will be accepted in person at the Women’s Resources Center (703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl. Champaign, IL 61820)

 Festival Screening: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 7pm at the Art Theater in Downtown Champaign

 Films can examine any number of issues within feminist discourse including:

  • body image/self-esteem
  • violence against women
  • combating/resisting sexism, racism, ableism, classism, etc.
  • media critiques
  • gender fluidity
  • women in leadership
  • feminist superheroes, comics, etc.
  • performance art on film
  • subverting gender, binaries, or roles
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