2010 AANM Short Film Contest
In conjunction with its annual Arab Film Festival, the Arab American National Museum is introducing a short film competition.
Call to Filmmakers:
The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is encouraging filmmakers to submit short films of all genres relating to a fusion of two concepts we are calling Trans-Ubuntu.
Trans indicates movement across, through and beyond any person, place, thing or idea, while Ubuntu is an African philosophy and concept that loosely means a person is a person through other people. In Ubuntu, individuals are seen through the relationships of larger communities, through their humanity toward others.
In a globalized world, what are the images, narratives, ideas, sounds, and feelings of Trans-Ubuntu? We encourage filmmakers to interpret Trans-Ubuntu through the films they submit.
- Open to all U.S. residents between the ages of 18-30
- Professional and amateur filmmakers welcome
- ACCESS employees and family members are not eligible to enter or win prize money
- Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2010.
- All films must be submitted on a standard DVD (no Blu-ray or VHS) in either PAL or NTSC format, labeled with the film title, filmmaker name and running time.
- Films may not exceed 30 minutes, including titles and credits.
- All genres welcome.
- Films in all languages are welcomed; however, all non-English films must include English subtitles for contest consideration.
How to submit a film:
- Please attach to the DVD a cover sheet including:
- filmmaker’s name, street address, email, phone, date/city of birth
- 250-word biography of filmmaker
- 300-word synopsis of film
- production credits
- All films (postmarked no later than 5 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2010) should be mailed to:
AANM Short Film Contest
Attn: Public Programming
13624 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn MI 48126
Films will be judged by a committee of AANM staff. All films will be judged on a point system based on the following criteria:
- Cinematography (lighting; camera positioning; special effects)
- Screenplay (originality; addresses contest theme; clear message; level of viewer engagement)
- Editing (technical/creative expertise)
- Art direction (set/costume/makeup/hair design; creative, technical expertise)
- Soundtrack (technical/creative expertise)
- Performances (effective casting; believability of portrayal; technical/creative expertise)
- Winning films will be announced Monday, November 1, 2010 at www.arabamericanmuseum.org and via press release. Winning filmmakers will be informed by phone/email.
- Winning films will be screened at the AANM’s 2010 Arab Film Festival December 2-5 in Dearborn, Michigan.
- Travel to Dearborn will NOT be provided to winning filmmakers; however, winners are encouraged to attend to introduce their film and take part in an audience Q&A during the Festival.
- Cash prizes:
- 1st place $1,500
- 2nd place $750
- 3rd place $500
- Submissions will not be returned; AANM is not responsible for films lost or damaged in shipping
- AANM reserves the rights to use all submitted films for non-commercial purposes during its 2010 Film Festival; on the AANM website and its iTunes U page; and for other appropriate usages.
Questions may be directed to Suha Ahmed at 313.624.0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.