Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, “inappropriate.” This act of (in)appropriation may even produce revelations about the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, not to mention the "producer" and "consumer" of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has witnessed the emergence of a wealth of new audiovisual elements available for appropriation into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now also provide fascinating material to repurpose in ways that lend it new meaning and resonance.

Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short (20 minutes or less), audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways.


• Be 20 minutes or less in length

• Made in 2018 or later

• Must contain some form of appropriation

• Acceptable exhibition formats: 16mm film, 35mm film, Quicktime file

• Submission fee: $10

Overall Rating
  • Antonio Arango

    great experience, I'm flattered with my participation

    October 2022
  • Love this festival. Creative daring intelligent erudite sensuous.

    January 2019
  • Michael Lyons

    Unique, interesting, smart festival!

    May 2016