The Magikal Charm Experimental Video & Film Festival was developed to offer
Independent, Underrepresented, 'Outsider' Artists opportunity to Screen their Projects
At a ‘State of the Art’ New York Venue ; The DOLBY 88 Screening Room.
Through its first seven 'Seasons', MCEVF has been privileged to Showcase the Works
Of more than 130 'EXPERIMENTALISTS' from the U.S. and Abroad.
The Fest has consistently drawn Projects of deeply personal, unique character.
Conceptualists have shared their very personal 'language' understanding &
Interpretation of experience, providing the Audience with a 'Direct Experience'
Of our shared humanity.

Awards are described/defined as ‘ITSO’ ... (In The Spirit Of)
e.g. ITSO Analysis & Understanding or Pioneers of Experimental Visual Storytelling
e.g. ITSO Maya Deren. Magikal Charm is a Nonprofit Educational Charity. Contributions are Tax Deductible and are applied towards basic expenses of producing the Annual Festival.
MCEVF VIII is pleased to announce that for the first time, Cash Awards In the Amt.
Of $400 , will be awarded in each of the following 5 ‘ITSO’ Categories...
ITSO Alejandro Jodorowsky. Reference - The Works Of A. Jodorowsky,
Susana Weingarten, K.Anger.

ITSO Symbolic Myth. Reference - ‘Imaginary Realism,’ Visionary Art. ITSO Analysis & Understanding Reference - The Study of Tarot.
ITSO Experimental Innovation. Reference - The ‘Experimentalists’ - Performance Art as
A portal between Worlds.
ITSO Rod Serling. Reference - The Works of Rod Serling/ Cognitive
Dissonance...The Journey of Imagination.
Additionally, ITSO & Genre’ Awards/ ‘ Conferees’ will be Entered on the Web.
Archives of Past Programs, Participants, available on Website. In the event Complementary
‘Project/Award Match’ in a Given Category does not occur, MCEVF reserves the right to
Redeposit Funds to Magikal Charm 22, Inc. or Confer The Award to An Alternate ‘ITSO’
Awards to be conferred the Evening of the Festival.

All Entries should be recorded in HD, Professional Quality Sound, including
Subtitles for non English Projects. Projection ready links to Projects should
Be active through the end of March 2020. DCP Format Preferred, Quick Time Accepted.
Run Times of Entries is 2 - 15 minutes, (there is slight flexibility.) Selected Projects
Will be accepted using DropBox or We Transfer Files.

Overall Rating
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    Thanks to Paul Ricciardelli for supporting truly edgy underground experimental filmmaking. This is a unique and cherished venue for the avant-garde and unusual; for the magical, poetic and alchemic personal film.

    I am so honored to have "Dada Ship" and "Making American Straight & White Again" play this festival in Manhattan.

    There is a loving embrace of the spirit of Maya Deren and Luis Buñuel at Magical Charm EVF Fest. A love of film - as an art form and as a form of dreaming. Pillows of Surrealism.

    Thanks, Paul.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Gwendolyn, we share the honor. Being ‘admitted’ to the Inner Temple of Mind, Heart, Spirit, Imagination of Experimentalists, who are the ‘Buiders’ of each season’s Fest.
    To quote G.A.F ‘Our Dreams afford unparalleled luxury travel;’ indeed they do. MCEVF VIII a ‘Strangely Beautiful’ Dream, which’ll linger...🙏🏼🌔🎭🔮🎭🌖🙏🏼

  • susana weingarten

    Very interesting festival....totally different than any USA fest. Their minds are open and not square...their interest is not selling nor $$$, what a total turn, a bid time TWIST......( part of The Spiral) a Latina Artist, I find being in USA quite disappointing in that this country being the model of THE WORLD , disturbs may souls with weeds and shadows.....( the dark side of each Maya or Illusion)......
    (The whole concept of art gets big and no heart.....and my discerning gets much more cruel and hard to evoke).

    Happy there are pockets of people that recognise Real Art and not bluff in the air( or more toxic waste).

    Art should be seen with the heart, the Soul is IN the Heart.....ART SHOULD HEAL and yes.....this tribe knows that. Keep it up PLEASE!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    We truly appreciate your Understanding, Susanna.
    In The Spirit of The Experimental...MCEVF 🙏🏼🌀♦️🐚🙏🏼

  • Pretty good experience with them. I’ll definitely will be in touch with them.

    September 2019
  • Bene Malen

    Explicitly eccezionale
    great THX from Italy

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Molto G. Jakob. PLAY had an Elemental, 'Alchemical' Quality, the interplay of movement, color, substance (flesh & stone) induced
    a Meditative State , a contemplation of Change over Time.
    Careful, thoughtful 'design.' A 'Gallery Quality' Experience.'

  • Peter Meng

    Great festival. All experimental films. Kudos to Paul Ricciardelli, the festival organizer, who makes you feel right at home. One of the only festivals where they make it a point to talk to all the filmmakers.
    Also the Anthology Archives is a great venue for showing your film.

    March 2019