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 Crosby St. Hotel Screening Room.
Through its first 8 'Seasons', MCEVF has been privileged to Showcase the Works
Of more than 150’'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 IX is pleased to announce that for the 2nd time, Cash Awards In the Amt.
Of $300 , 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’
Project.
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.

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  • A one-of-a-kind celebration of visionary cinema: films that are not merely esoteric in content but in form; films that, in the words of the festival, express "a unique personal language". Festival co-founder Paul Ricciardelli is visionary-in-chief for bringing us all together - filmmakers and film lovers alike - in what is a Herculean labor of love. The Magikal Charm EVFF is more than just a festival; it's a community, a movement, and, indeed, in the curation of the films and the ideas they serve, a very personal work of art itself. Thank you, Paul, for your passion & professionalism, and above all for the respect, support and encouragement you give to everyone fortunate enough to be a part of this superlative event.

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    Response from festival:

    I’m honored & humbled by the ‘best of all possible understanding’ of the ‘Mission’...‘Hope’ that is, MCEVF, Zareh.
    Consciousness has begun to reflect, ‘fold in upon itself’ at an ever increasing rate...Evidence of this Evolution are the truly, ‘Strangely Beautiful...Beautifully Strange’ Visual Projects for which the Festival, is deeply fulfilled, to serve as Medium...Thank You...P.R.

  • eugenia pigassiou

    My first time attending and participating was wonderful. Friendly and supportive people. Highly creative and imaginative work was inspirational.

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    Response from festival:

    We thank you for your participation, Eugenia.DEEP-FAKE MEDITATIONS is a Powerful, Direct Interpretation of
    The ‘Self,’ emerging, being projected into the
    Virtual Sphere. 🙏🏼👽🔮👽🙏🏼

  • martin del carpio

    It was a great experience to see my film up on an HD screen and winning an award. Very opened and organized festival with much to offer in the selection of films. Highly recommended!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    AURICULAR CONFESSION - Symbolic, Psycho Magical, Ritualistic...
    In The Spirit Of Alejandro Jodorowsky....Martin Del Carpio is a
    Humble, Deeply Insightful Young ‘Maestro’ in the ‘State of Becoming...’
    🙏🏼🌔🎭🔮🎭🌖🙏🏼

  • Kathy Rose

    What a wonderful festival! True experimentalism, incredibly friendly folks!
    I did not attend, but lots of communication, and I was so glad to receive the award for Experimental video for "Realm of the Puppets"! I recommend this festival highly!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, ‘Experimentalist’ Rose. Your Work, Astoundingly Organic, Surreal, Otherworldly. An Immersion
    For Mind, Spirit, Sense... PAUL R. @ MCEVF VIII

  • 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 my films play this festival in Manhattan.

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

    February 2020
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    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...🙏🏼🌔🎭🔮🎭🌖🙏🏼