Experiments in Cinema V 4.2


Experiments in Cinema V 4.2 will screen works culled from our international call for submissions (postmark deadline is January 10, 2009) we will begin accepting submissions September 10, 2009). The event will take place at the Southwest Film Center on the campus of the University of New Mexico, 516 Arts (downtown Albuquerque) and at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque April 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2009. The recently renovated Southwest Film Center, 516 Arts and the Guild Cinema have the capability to screen 35mm, 16mm, and digital video (mini dv and DVD). In past years we have hosted audiences of more than 300 people for our four day event, and we expect a great turnout again this year.

Experiments in Cinema V4.2 is currently seeking unembedded, un-dependent film/video work for our 2009 festival.

Experiments in Cinema is an annual collaboration between Basement Films, and the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico.

Experiments in Cinema is supported by generous funding from the Department of Cinematic Arts ICLS Program, the McCune Charitable Foundation and New Mexico Arts.

Entry Criteria:

All un-commercial, un-industrial, un-classifiable, un-dependant, un-embedded experimental works are eligible for this festival. Old and new works are encouraged for our young and growing event. All entries in languages other than English must be subtitled in English, dubbed in English or be submitted with an English text (hard copy). Maximum running time for submissions is 40 minutes.

Screening Formats

Acceptable pre-screening formats include DVD (PAL or NTSC is OK – but please mark your discs clearly ). For the actual festival we have the capability to screen 16mm, 35mm, and mini-DV (NTSC/PAL).

Entry Deadline: postmarked by January 10, 2009

Entry fees

Entry fees are $15 per entry. If you are submitting 3 or more works the entry fee is reduced to $10 PER WORK. Entry fees must be in U.S. funds. Checks or money orders should be made out to Basement Films. Multiple entries must be submitted on separate discs. Only artists whose work has screened in our festival in past years should waive all entry fees. Additionally, all international submissions will NOT pay an entry fee for our festival.


Do not use fiber-filled envelopes as these can damage your media and our machines. The cost of shipping preview and exhibition copies of works is the responsibility of the entrant.

Our festival will cover the return of accepted works via surface shipping only. Entrants must pay additional charges for express shipping and notify us in advance if they require work be returned earlier than one month after the festival is over. The festival will not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

International entries must be marked “FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY” – “NO COMMERCIAL VALUE”. The festival will not pay import duties or taxes. All entries, entry fees and supporting materials should be sent to

c/o Basement Films
PO Box 7669
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA 87194

Required Supporting materials:

  1. A single, clearly labeled CD with the following information on it:
    • one 300dpi still from your submission.
    • 50 word synopsis of the submission
    • 75 word artist bio (include previous screenings of your entry if you would like).
    • one 300 dpi image of the artist
    • English translation/script
  2. Hard copies of the following:
    • completed entry form
    • 50 word synopsis of the submission
    • 75 word artist bio
    • English translation/script


Entrants will be notified by email of their entry status by February 15, 2009. Also, all entrants will be notified by email when their submission arrives at our office.


In 2009 Experiments in Cinema continues to be proud in defining ourselves as a non-competitive festival. However, we do pay artist fees for programmed work (dollar amount TBA depending on our annual budget).

Return of Preview/supporting materials: Preview Tapes, DVDs and CDs will NOT be returned. However, all materials submitted by artists whose work IS included in our event will be returned.

For more information:

Contact Bryan Konefsky (festival director).

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