A Festival of Experimental, Essay, First Person, and Artists' Film

Cosmic Rays is an annual celebration of non-commercial short films that extend the idea of film as art. Cosmic Rays screens work that:

Experiments with the formal possibilities of film and video.

Explores hybrid forms and the hard-to-describe spaces between filmmaking modes and genres.

Speaks with a personal or poetic voice, or explores novel ways of telling stories.

Eschews convention and commerce.

Has utopian aspirations and weird friends.

Cosmic Rays is excited by filmmaking that expands our idea of what film is and what it can be.

The festival will take place March 31 -April 2nd, 2022 at the Forest Theater in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM

GENERAL
Cosmic Rays screens non-commercial short films that broaden the idea of film as art. We are looking for work that experiments with the formal possibilities of film and video; that explores hybrid forms and the hard-to-describe spaces between filmmaking modes and genres; that speaks with a personal or poetic voice, or explores novel ways of telling stories; that eschews convention and commerce; and that expands our sense of what film is and what it can be.

ELIGIBILITY & DEADLINE
Cosmic Rays accepts films that are 15 minutes or less completed after Jan. 1st, 2020. There is a $8.00 submission fee. Please note: films over 15:00 minutes will not be considered for the program. Deadline for submissions is Jan 1st, 2022.

SCREENING COPIES
To submit a film, please provide a password protected streaming link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Your link and password should be available and valid until March 1st, 2022. We cannot accept DVD screening copies.

SELECTION RESULTS
Selection results will be published on March 1st, 2022 on the festival website.
Cosmic Rays will notify the contact person of the selected work to deliver text, images, and video material for print, internet and promotion.

Due to the number of submissions, Cosmic Rays regrets that we can only notify applicants whose work is selected for the program.

SCREENING OF FILMS
Films selected for the program should be available as a downloadable digital file.

Screening copies should arrive by March 10th, 2022. Films that are not received by this date or that have technical difficulties may be unable to screen in the festival program.

CONTACT ADDRESS
contact[at]cosmicraysfilmfest.com

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  • Laura Asherman

    Bill and Sabine did an awesome job making us feel special and included in the fun at Cosmic Rays. Will definitely submit again!

    April 2022
  • I was not able to attend in person but they were very well organized and responsive, actively promoted on social media, and arranged many public events/networking opportunities. Great festival!!

    April 2022
  • Shannon Silva

    Lovely festival with amazing programming.

    April 2022
  • George Jenne

    This is a very well curated, extremely accessible, fun festival. Totally low key. Superb quality films.

    April 2022
  • Stefano Miraglia

    A great festival, with an amazing selection of films!

    April 2022