The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Open Call to All Teens! SCDT Screen Dance Festival 2021

WHEN: Applications Due March 6, 2021. 
              Screening June 2021

We are a team of 9 pre-professional performing artists, joining together to curate and launch the first SCDT TEEN SCREEN FESTIVAL! Individually, we create, perform, and present works with Hatchery Dance Company of SCDT, and The Performance Project's First Generation Theater Company!

As interdisciplinary performing artists, we have always been interested in the intersections of dance, theater, and film. The pandemic has given us the time and opportunity to develop our artistry in the virtual performance world.

We are launching this new series to connect teens across the nation by sharing and showcasing their diverse, contemporary perspectives. The SCDT Teen Screen Festival is designed and run by teens with the intention to represent the essential voices of young artists during these times of struggle, change, and growth in our world.

We will premiere our first screening in June 2021, virtually on ZOOM, and in person in Northampton MA. The screenings will be followed by a public Q & A with the curators.

Through this open international call, we are looking for creative films that have been developed before or during the pandemic. The SCDT TEEN SCREEN FESTIVAL invites young filmmakers (ages 13-19) to submit short films (maximum duration 8 minutes) in which elements of dance, theater, and cinematography are included.

The curators are excited to explore the ever-expanding definitions of dance, choreography, theater, and performance. We are open to including films that use adjacent technologies, such as animation, computer graphics, and puppetry.

Compilations and documentation of live dance performances will not be considered.

Applications are due by midnight on March 6, 2021.
Film links should be submitted via Youtube or Vimeo. Please provide a password if applicable.
Films should be no longer than 8 minutes.
Applicants must be 13-18 by June 2021.
Artists may submit more than one film, but please limit applications to one film per submission.
Collaborative teams are encouraged to apply! Please choose one person to act as the main contact person and be sure to list the names and roles of all main collaborators.
Artists will be notified by April 10, 2021.

The SCDT TEEN SCREEN FESTIVAL will be held in June 2021.
The festival will take place online through Zoom AND in person in Northampton, MA.
Final dates and times TBD!

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