MONO NO AWARE is a biennial exhibition of expanded cinema showcasing sculpture, installation, single/dual/multiple channel durational projection and performance art that incorporates the moving image on Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, or as an altered light projection. (No Digital Video)
In 2018, MONO NO AWARE exhibition presented the work of 60 international artists to an audience of 4000. We took a hiatus in 2020, and will present the This upcoming cinema-arts festival will be part of MONO NO AWARE's 12th, which also includes screenings of works commissioned from artists around the world.

Submission is sliding scale by donation ($0-20 - pay what you wish) which allows MONO NO AWARE to provide travel stipends and lodging to presenting artists. If you would like a waiver code, as FilmFreeway does not have a sliding scale option, please email and we'll be happy to provide you with a waiver for the amount of your choosing.

The festival is organized by the 501c3 non-profit cinema-arts organization MONO NO AWARE.

MONO NO AWARE offers year-round analog filmmaking workshops to the community teaching: Super 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm filmmaking, 2-D animation and 3-D puppet animation, Production for Independent Film, Hand-processing, Alternative-processing and Non-toxic-processing Techniques, Film Preservation, Handmade Emulsion, Advanced Super 16mm filmmaking, a range of special workshops led by visiting filmmakers and more. As an extension of the educational initiatives, the organization rents analogue filmmaking equipment, making Steenbeck flat-bed editing and JK or Oxberry optical printing facilities available to the public and we also import/distribute Color and Black and White film stocks. Through our outreach program we present these same workshops at numerous universities, film festivals, and institutions throughout the US. We have presented workshops at The Japan Society (Manhattan, NY) The Oak Cliff Film Festival (Dallas, TX) The Queens Museum (Queens, NY) and we travelled to the Thomas Edison National Park to conduct a re-imagining kinetoscopes workshop inside the historic Black Maria (West Orange, NJ). MONO NO AWARE presents a monthly screening series entitled CONNECTIVITY THROUGH CINEMA with visiting filmmakers. We’ve also started a reference library with a focus on cinema history, theory and technical filmmaking texts and publications.

To learn more about MONO NO AWARE visit:

MONO NO AWARE does not give prizes or awards, the exhibition is 'non-competitive'
That being said, we only select around 14 works for the festival each year from this open call to be presented at the last two nights of the festival. The other nights are premieres of commissioned works.

TO submit to the festival means that you are able to attend IN PERSON.
Full details can be found here: