Having nurtured the voices and artistic expression of New Orleans and Louisiana filmmakers for four decades, NOVAC is celebrating its 40th Anniversary by showcasing the community voices that have taken the New Orleans Video Access Center from its grass-roots beginnings to the dynamic production hub and training center it is today.
The 40 Second Film Festival, scheduled to coincide with NOVAC’s 40th Anniversary Gala is now accepting film submissions 40 seconds in length from NOVAC and community members in 3 categories: Short Cuts, Young People’s Corner and Citizen Voices. You don’t need a fancy camera rig or film school pedigree, just a video, a vision and a voice.
Jury members will judge the official selections in three categories:
Short Cuts – Is your film an official selection in an upcoming film fest like the New Orleans Film Fest or Third Street? Do you have a picture or work in progress that you would like to show off or a teaser that has been dying to find a home outside of vimeo? NOVAC welcomes filmmakers with 40 second trailers or teasers promoting a short or feature film.
Young People’s Corner – NOVAC understands that the future of our city and state and the sustainability of the film and creative industries in Louisiana rests in the hands of our young people and their passion for telling their own stories. The 40 second teasers, trailers or films in this category must be completed by filmmakers 18 and under.
Citizen Voices – No need for fancy cameras or tons of filmmaking pedigre, just a lot of heart! NOVAC welcomes members and anyone with access to a video-camera who wish to express their love affair with New Orleans or any parish in Louisiana. From the decadent foods and festivals of the Big Easy and swamps of Terrebonne to the oyster beds of St. Bernard Parish and the Creole legacy of Cane River we want to hear your stories.
Submissions Must Include:
Film Entry – Online submissions are preferred, however NOVAC will accept DVD submissions. Online submissions should be password protected and uploaded to an approved video host such as: Vimeo, YouTube or Daily Motion. Please indicate the URL and Password in your application. Mailed submissions should be post-marked no later than July 31, 2012 and sent to the address below.
Entry Fee - Entry Fees must be paid through the NOVAC website by clicking on one of the categories below. All submissions include admission to the NOVAC anniversary bash: NOVAC@40: Fast. Forward. in September where official selections will be screened and 40 Second Film Festival award winners will be announced. Fees are as follows:
Application – Submissions must include complete application forms available by clicking here.