Taking Up Space is a film festival within the Scranton Fringe Festival seeking short film submissions of all types!

Taking Up Space Film Festival is seeking stories that are created and told by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) filmmakers. The purpose of the film festival is to lift the voices of historically excluded racial and ethnic narratives

All types of short works (30 mins or less) are being considered for 2023 - documentary, narratives, animation, experimental - all are welcome to submit. We are striving to lift the voices of diverse filmmakers. All films for this curated festival will be selected by a team of BIPOC filmmakers/creatives.

Screenings will take place at the beautiful People's Security Bank Theatre at Lackawanna College (501 Vine Street) in downtown Scranton PA, as part of the 2023 Scranton Fringe Festival. Dates and times to come.

ALL films accepted are shown (together) as one "performance" during the Scranton Fringe Festival.

Submissions will be accepted from March 20th, 2023 through the end of the day, May 1st, 2023.

The artistic director of Taking Up Space is Dan Kimbrough.

Dan Kimbrough is a content creator who works with individuals and businesses to best tell their stories through media. Dan knows the power of content and storytelling in reaching an audience and branding a business. He has 20+ years of media experience and has worked with ESPN, as a documentary filmmaker, production manager, professor, podcast producer, photographer, editor, and more. In addition to the AD of Taking Up Space, Dan serves as the tech director of Scranton Fringe.

Co-presented by Park Multimedia, Black Scranton Project, and Scranton Fringe.

A jury of all BIPOC filmmakers and creatives will award one (1) film"Best in Show". The prize will be awarded during our opening screening and includes a plaque and cash prize ($150).

All accepted films will receive a limited amount of artist passes to the entire 2023 Scranton Fringe Festival.

Please note, we are only considering work by BIPOC filmmakers residing in / primarily working with the United States (citizenship status not relevant).