What does “BELONGING” mean to you?

BELONGING: Intimacy, friendship, affection, affinity, familiarity, nearness, closeness, love, acceptance, attachment, inclusion, loyalty, kinship, etc.

Make a 60 seconds film and submit it to the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival: BELONGING! Deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 1 2023 at 5pm PST.

Films will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will decide which films will be featured at the virtual screening event on ESMoA website between November 27 to December 2, 2023.

Films will be judged on the following criteria:

Creativity & Originality - Does the film exhibit originality? Does the film use imaginative and creative ways to convey the theme?

Message - Is the message clear and directly related to the theme of "bliss"?

Technique - This criteria can be defined broadly by the use of audio, visuals, and technical skills.

Engagement - Does this entry stimulate thoughts and ideas? Does the film provoke an emotional response?

Jury Panel will vote for Film Favorite, Animation Favorite and Video Art Favorite. Virtual Festival Attendees will vote for the Audience Favorite Award. Awards will be announced on ESMoA website and Social Media at the end of the screening. All ages are welcome to submit a film to esmoafilmfestival@artlab21.org.

Four awards will be assigned:
- Film Favorite Award
- Video Art Favorite Award
- Animation Favorite Award
- Audience Favorite Award

Every year the award plaque is designed by a different Los Angeles based artist.

Submission Criteria:

- The video must be 60 seconds (not including credits).

- Applicants may enter one (1) film for consideration.

- All entries will be reviewed by ESMoA staff prior to jury selection. ESMoA’s decision will be final. Films will be reviewed by a panel of judges, their decision will be final.

- By submitting to this festival, you agree to allow the organizers of ‘ESMoA’s Video Art + Film Festival: BELONGING to use your video, in part or whole, for presentation at the festival, as well as for promotional purposes prior to and after the event. Promotion may include using your video on our Youtube channel, Facebook and other media.

Overall Rating
  • To be part of ESMoa Video Art + Film Festival is a such a huge pleasure. We truly appreciate the festival team and organizers for all the wonderful work they've done running the festival. Thank you so much and well done! Here's a toast to you all!

    March 2023
  • ESMoA is an awesome art lab whose staff and volunteers care deeply about the art and collaborators. Delighted and grateful to have been a finalist 2 years in a row, ESMoA is a fantastic venue and nonprofit.

    December 2022
  • Happy theme. Happy company. Happy Festival. Thank you for bringing lightness and smile with the right engagement. Happy me for participating :)

    December 2022
  • Fatemeh Rasoulzadeh

    At the same time, don't get tired to the organizers of the festival and thank you for the opportunity to present my film in this festival, considering that I am in Iran, due to the conditions prevailing in this country, it is very difficult for us to attend and benefit from many festivals. I am happy to be with you.

    December 2022
  • Really well run, very professional. It was a pleasure to participate, and see competing works online. I wish more festivals were like this. Well done ESMoA!

    December 2022