What does “RISE UP” mean to you?

RISEUP: wake up, take a stand, empowerment, freedom (of expression), change, development, elevate, overcome, moving forward, spread the wings, grow, strive, resist, support, hope, community, union, together, diversity, inclusion, etc.

Make a 60 second film and submit it to the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival: RISEUP! Deadline for submissions is Saturday, October 31 2020 at 5pm PST.

Films will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the El Segundo and Los Angeles arts community who will decide which films will be featured at the screening event at ESMoA on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

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 "rise up"?

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. Festival Attendees will vote for the Audience Favorite Award. Awards will be announced at 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. The 2020 Award was designed by artist Cole M. James.

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.

- If you are portraying protesters into your video, please make sure to have their consent to be in the video.

- By submitting to this festival, you agree to allow the organizers of ‘ESMoA’s Video Art + Film Festival: RISEUP 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
  • Excellent festival !!! We are very happy and proud to be part of it and are looking forward to coming back with our new work!

    March 2021
  • Edson Carvalho

    I was very happy and honored to participate in this important festival!

    February 2021
  • Yaroslava Pavlova

    It's really nice to be participant of the festival. Thanks to all organisators, It was really good.

    December 2020
  • Mor Lankri

    Lovely people, beautiful selection, was a pleasure to take part!

    December 2020
  • The whole experience was very good, thank you to the organizers... And our animated short film THE SAVIOUR was officially selected... Congratulations to all the winners.

    December 2020