Middlesex University and Independent Dance invite submissions for Kinesthesia, a new moving image festival.
Kinesthesia will take place at Middlesex University in collaboration with Independent Dance.

***Covid-19 update: new dates announced!***
In light of the pandemic we took the decision to postpone the Kinesthesia festival until it is safe and appropriate to host a live, public event again. We discussed the possibility of hosting the festival online, but decided that the focus on physicality and shared experience was an important part of our vision for the event.

We are working with our venue and are pleased to announce that we have confirmed the new dates:
Kinesthesia will take place on 12-18 July 2021!
On Monday to Friday we offer a practical research space for filmmakers/artists, and Saturday and Sunday are the public festival dates.

We will keep responding to the unfolding situation and government guidance.
We hope that you are all well during this unusual time.

About Kinesthesia
At the intersection of dance, somatic practices, experimental film and sensory ethnography, Kinesthesia will bring together artists, scholars, researchers, filmmakers and dancers, inviting submissions of work, from any discipline and format.

Kinesthesia focuses on the body as the agent of seeing rather than as an object of display while challenging the domination of the visual over other senses in our culture. For this purpose, it offers a creative exploration of the relationship between sensory moving bodies, and a screening space or platform - fusing two distinct sites in which the codes and conventions of each medium are inextricably linked.

We invite submissions from artists, filmmakers, researchers and somatic practitioners working with movement and digital/screen media who break away from a conventional understanding of dance and from a visually focused aesthetics of the moving image. Thinking about movement beyond choreography, visual impact and narrative, we wish to consider the whole range of sensory experiences, including visceral, proprioceptive, haptic and kinesthetic awareness, when making and watching a film. Through this approach, we hope to diversify and include a broader notion of movement and sensory experience in filmmaking, screendance and the visual arts.

We specifically invite submissions which address experiences, approaches and histories which are traditionally underrepresented in dance, somatics and moving image; as well as submissions from filmmakers and visual artists that explore the kinesthetic and embodied aspect of filmmaking.
All film, installation, VR or AR work has to be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Alongside film submissions we invite proposals for movement workshops and installations that invite an active way of seeing screenwork. Combining screenings with movement sessions, such as exploring in movement some of the themes of a film or positioning the moving spectators among rather than at a distance from the experience, we encourage different bodily ways of watching films.
Workshop proposals can be submitted by emailing the team at kinesthesiafestival@gmail.com.

This project is part-funded by Mdx Research in Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) and takes place in a context of academic research. We are unfortunately not able to pay fees for work selected for participation in the festival.

Cover image: performance by Dominique Rivoal and Claire Loussouarn

• There is no maximum running time for films.
Please note that within a two-day festival, there we won’t be able to accommodate many long films.
• Proposed workshops should be a maximum of 90 minutes.
• If you are proposing a VR project please note that the University cannot provide equipment, and you must provide the necessary equipment to exhibit the work.
• All films and workshop proposals must be submitted to the festival by the deadline. All submissions are final, and no refunds are available.
• There must not be a screening fee attached to the film. Kinesthesia will not pay a screening fee to any film featured in the festival; there are no exceptions.
• Films cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
• Non-English films must be subtitled in English.
• Filmmakers can submit multiple films. Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.
• By submitting you confirm that you hold all the necessary legal authority and rights to submit, distribute and present the work. The filmmaker must own or have cleared copyright of all aspects of the submitted film. This includes all music and images used. The festival accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for clearing copyrighted material.

Why do we charge a fee?
Kinesthesia charges a small fee because in our experience working with open submissions, a free festival will attract many hundreds of submissions which do not relate to the theme of the call. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to sift through that volume of material.
We regret that this disadvantages genuine submitters, and we communicate to indiscriminate submitters that their actions have an unintended consequence for others.