Call For Submissions: 2nd Annual Alwan 3rd i NY Awards 2014 – Deadline Extended to Dec 31

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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OPEN CALL: Second Annual Alwan 3rd i Awards 2014

Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY have launched the second annualAlwan 3rd i Awards Competition 2014 and are soliciting new, short films and/or video art (produced 2012 or later) by Arab/ Middle Eastern/ North African/South and Central Asian (MENASA region) directors OR films about those regions and their diasporas by filmmakers of all backgrounds.
The Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition aims to present the very best in recent short films and video art that increase awareness of the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as their global diasporas. Films of all genres are welcome. Please limit submissions to 20 minutes or less total running time. All submissions will be screened and selected for screening by an appointed selection committee.

A post-screening salon session will provide participating filmmakers and artists the benefit of feedback from the diverse and engaging audience that Alwan and 3rd i NY have cultivated over the last ten years of intense programming. Well-versed in the history, languages, and cultures of the North African, Middle Eastern, and South and Central Asian regions, our audience thrives on healthy debate and cross-cultural learning.

Alwan 3rd i Awards
$1000: Best Narrative/Documentary Film
$1000: Best Video Art Production
$500: Alwan 3rd i Audience Award
Submissions Deadline: December 31st, 2014
Submission deadline: December 31st, 2014
Notification: January 15th, 2015
Screening and Awards: January 20th, 2015
In addition to the national and international documentaries and features that Alwan and 3rd i screen on a monthly basis and the Alwan 3rd i Film Festival, the Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition is a time to celebrate and reward exceptional short films, experimental work, video art, animation and shorter form works, as well create opportunities for emerging media-makers.
Alwan and 3rd i NY are proud to provide this opportunity and these awards to showcase local, independent, and experimental pieces, which are aesthetically, politically, theoretically and/or technically innovative, and to provide the space for filmmakers and film aficionados to meet.


All submissions must be received by December 31st, 2014. If selected, you will be notified on or before January 15th, 2015. The Alwan 3rd i Awards screening will take place at the Alwan for the Arts space at 16 Beaver Street in Lower Manhattan on January 20th, 2015.
To submit please include ALL of the following information in this format
1) Original and English title, synopsis, running time (20 minutes or less), country, year of production, and languages used / subtitles
2) URL link to video online (Vimeo, YouTube, etc) OR DVD preview copy
3) Director bio, cast/crew list
4) Contact email, phone number, and website if available
5) Film still shots (2-5) total, as 300 dpi jpg or tiff files
6) Screening history/awards
7) All possible screening formats available
Important: please note submissions that do not include all the required information may not be reviewed by the selection committee

Alwan Awards Submissions
Alwan for the Arts / Melissa Forstrom Al kadhi
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10004
Tel.: 646.732.3261
For questions or to submit electronically email:

Awards & Screening December 11th
The selection committee will choose the best five short films and the best five video art productions respectively to screen. (Please note this number is an estimate number as the films/video art to be screened will be determined by both the number of submissions and the quality of these submissions.)
Voting for the Audience Award will take place during and after the screenings.
We also greatly appreciate your support in disseminating this call within your networks.
About 3rd i NY
3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.
3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor

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