Prismatic Ground is a New York festival centered on experimental documentary and avant-garde film. Hosted by Maysles Documentary Center and media partner Screen Slate, the festival will hold its third edition May 3-7, 2023 (with a virtual component).
We seek work that pushes the formal boundaries of non-fiction in the spirit and tradition of experimental filmmaking. This "spirit" is somewhat amorphous, undefinable, and open to interpretation, but refers to work that engages with its own materiality, privileges a heightened artistic experience over clear meaning, and/or conveys a liberatory political sensibility in the agitprop tradition.
Especially encouraged: Analog exhibition formats (16mm, 8mm); Queer, Trans and BIPOC filmmakers; medium length films; expanded cinema.
For a better— though not exclusive— sense of what we're looking for, here is the lineup for the 2022 edition of the festival: https://www.screenslate.com/events/prismatic-ground-2022
We have no firm premiere rules at this time, but work that has already played extensively at other festivals— or that will have played in NYC prior to the festival— may not be prioritized. Likewise for films completed before May 2022.
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