First Annual Fresh Minds Festival

Texas A&M University invites fixed media works of visual music or other non-narrative fine art animation, video, or film in which the sound/music and visuals play equally important roles in the work, for a presentation on the Texas A&M University campus called the Fresh Minds Festival. The event will be mass curated by hundreds of TAMU students learning the elements of visual and musical design with the goal of presenting a program of works that are engaging and rewarding to curious newcomer audiences. This will be an event filling the gap between “for experts only” and “people’s choice” type events.

A faculty panel will use the students’ evaluations of submitted works to shape a program, award up to $5,000 in prizes to the highest-rated among them, and arrange to fund campus visits by up to three selected artists for direct interactions with students. Creators of selected works are encouraged but not required to attend the event. Multiple entries will be accepted. There is no entry fee.

Due to the large number of students participating in the selection process, works will reviewed in stereo on student-owned equipment, delivered via an internet-based system for evaluation. Works selected for the event will be presented in full quality with up to 5.1 channels of audio. Materials will not be returned but may be kept for consideration in future presentations.

Materials must be received by September 1, 2012. Creators of selected works will be notified by December 15, 2012. The concert presentation will be January 23-24, 2013.

Eligibility: All artists are encouraged to submit work, including professionals and students, except for artists currently employed or enrolled at TAMU or works created while employed or enrolled at TAMU.

Duration: 4-12 minutes

Online submissions welcome. Complete the form linked below to submit a URL to your video work accessible via the world wide web. The video player at the URL you provide must be immediately visible at this link, without requiring logins, extra clicks, or finding the selected video in a list of videos. We recommend that you use a standardized video site like YouTube or Vimeo; you may make your video “unlisted” if desired. Avoid less common formats, as technical issues may impede our curators’ ability to evaluate your submission. If your work is selected for performance, you must deliver a full quality video file by January 4, 2013.

For submission by mail or courier, submit works on a data DVD including the following:

  • Full quality video file
  • Contact information
  • Artist biography
  • Program note
Send materials to:
Fresh Minds Festival
c/o Jeff Morris
TAMU 4240
104 Academic Bldg
College Station, TX 77843-4240
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