EXTENDED CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Essence of Embodiment 2021 Festival to be held March 2021
Online and in person* in Jersey City, NJ

We are inviting Artists of Black, Latinx, Asian American Descent, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific, Non-Binary, Queer Artists, and Artists with Disabilities to apply for the extended call

Extended Lifeline: January 22nd, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET
Notification: January 31st 2021

*Films will be screened online as part of an online programming for the Essence of Embodiment Festival, in addition to a dance intensive, published zines, and a gallery exhibition. Due to COVID-19 we may have a limited in-person screening of accepted films. Due to limited physical space, we may be able to accommodate small/less-involved film installations, but our primary focus is showcasing the film itself.

We are excited to announce the call for entries for the Essence of Embodiment Film Festival to be presented in March 2021. Join us next spring in Jersey City and online, as we highlight emerging and established movement practitioners, directors, dance artists to Essence of Embodiment. Exploring other narratives involving trauma, PTSD, and approaches to healing.

BIPOC artists, artists with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ artists are encouraged to apply!

Some investigative questions that we hope you can use a launching point for your work:

What does it mean to own your body?
How do you release fear and trauma?
How do you make healing a priority?
How do you recognize disembodiment?
What do you need to realign your body with your mind?

Essence of Embodiment is curated by Iman Louis-Jeune, one of the curatorial dance fellows at Smush Gallery '20-21 and a dance-filmmaker herself. She actively works to uplift and engage in work that is cathartic rather than escapist.

www.smushgallery.com

We will be able to offer a small stipend and as part of our programming---we will be able to offer publication credit through our printed zines.

All films submitted will be reviewed by the festival directors and official selections will be announced on January 31st, 2021.
Films 70 minutes or under, including credits, qualify as Shorts. Films over 71 minutes qualify as Features.

Upon submitting your film to EOEFF, you agree to allow our directors to utilize your work to promote our event, screenings and workshops.

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted Project. Essence of Embodiment expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted Project, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement. Essence of Embodiment reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Project makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend Essence of Embodiment , the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Project from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). Essence of Embodiment expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Project that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. Essence of Embodiment reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Institute, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection therewith.

PRESS MATERIALS
Press materials to include high-resolution production stills, trailers, key art, director bio, and other production must be included at time of submission to be considered by screening committee.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Submission of an entry gives Essence of Embodiment Festival and its presenters permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

ARCHIVE AGREEMENT
Entrant and filmmaker acknowledge that by submitting their film to the festival, that if chosen for the festival, Essence of Embodiment may include the film in the Dance Essence of Embodiment/Smush Gallery Archive.

PRESENTATION FORMAT
The following exhibition formats are eligible for Festival screening: BLU RAY, PRORES 422 digital files for short films.