Open Call: Addis Video Art Festival

Deadline: 1 August 2015 - 12:00am


Where: Addis Ababa

Venue: Various

Conveners: Kimberli Gant, Mihret Kebede, Mwaura Ngoima, Nico Wheadon, Sarah Workneh, Ezra Wube

The Addis Video Art Festival intends to provide a platform for innovative video art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The festival will be screened throughout the city in a variety of locations including street corners, rooftops, public centres and art centres. By sharing video art in both conventional and non-conventional settings, the festival will reach both the artist community and the everyday passerby. The festival aims to create a dialogue between local and international artists by encouraging digital media culture.

Addis Ababa is currently in the midst of massive transformation. It is expanding drastically; over a quarter of its current residents will be relocating to new neighbourhoods. Old communities are disappearing and new ones are forming. Paralleling the current state of the city, Addis Video Art Festival seeks works that explores and interprets the complex and layered meaning of the theme “new home,” whether it be an external literal physical home, an internal psychological home or a cyber-home.

Regulation and Guidelines

– Submission deadline is 1 August 2015

– Open call to national and international artists

– Free submission

– Theme: “New home”

– Single channel videos only

– Digital submission only

– Works must have been made within the past 3 years

– If the work uses a language other than English, the videos must be subtitled in English

– Maximum duration 15 minutes

– Two works may be submitted per artist, requiring a separate entry form per submission

– Preview links (to Vimeo, YouTube or a personal website) should be sent to with password if required

– Selected artist will be notified by 1 November at which point a screening copy will be requested.

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