12Gates Video Art Fest

Experimental, Contemporary video art
me.na.sa. ( middle east . north africa . south asia )
The 3rd iteration of the 12G Contemporary Video Art Festival celebrates contemporary video art – that is, contemporary art using recorded moving images, created by artists from or about the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. This 3rd edition of the juried show will be co-presented by Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) during their 10 day festival. Subjects and themes for the exhibit include queer, controversial, poetic, abstract, political, philosophical, uncensored – anything that stretches beyond conventional. We look forward to producing a thought-provoking and inspiring exhibit to follow the well-received exhibits in 2015 and 2016, which drew submissions from contemporary artists across the globe.
Ranging from reflections on the past to imaginations of the future, the 2019 program of PAAFF will address the past, present, and future of our Asian American movement. In keeping with this theme, our theme for the Video Art Fest will also be the Passage of Time in an abstract manner.
About the selectors, producers, curators, and judges:
Sonali Gulati is an independent filmmaker, a feminist, grass-roots activist, and an educator. She is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Photography & Film.
Mehrin Masud-Elias is a founding director of 12G, a poet, photographer and blogger, and explores themes of coming of age, fractured memories, the immigrant experience, love, loss and aging in her works.
Shehrezad Maher is a recent transplant to Philadelphia from New York, an artist working in film, sculpture, installation and performance art. She was born (1988) and raised in Karachi. Maher pursued studies in Visual Arts at Bennington College, VT (2001) and earned an MFA from the Yale School of Art (2014). Maher’s most recent film This Shaking Keeps Me Steady is being screened around the world as of June 2019. Showings of her work include a solo show in Karachi (Hover/Hum), several public intervention projects in Karachi and group shows at Storefront Ten Eyck and The Temporary Agency in New York City. She was awarded the all-school Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize at the Yale School of Art.
Dev Benegal is a New York based filmmaker and photographer. Benegal has directed several award winning short films in addition to feature films which have played at leading International Film Festivals. He was on the Selection Advisory Committee for the second edition of Mumbai Mantra| Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2013. He was also an advisor to the Time-Warner Foundation & Asia Society’s New Voices Screenwriting Fellowship program 2011 & 2013. Benegal is an advisor to the eQuinoxe Europe Screenwriting Workshop for Film Professionals.
Atif Sheikh is co-founder of 12G and resident curator. Sheikh orchestrated the first 12G experimental video art festival in 2015 and has curated other art exhibitions such as "Not so black & white" 2010, "Cinephiliac" 2013, perform(art)ive 2015, Lived Experiences 2016, "alternative narratives of history and exploration of memory through art", and "Take It Like A ... ; Contemporary Trends In The Aesthetics Of Violence” 2019. He was on the jury for Women’s Voices Now Film Festival twice and will also be a juror on Fleisher Art Memorial’s Wind Challenge Exhibition in 2019.
Rules & Terms
To be considered for the 12gates Video Art Fest, the filmmakers must describe how their submitted work relates to the MENASA region in the cover letter section.
All works must be under 20 minutes.
Please include a brief biography of the artist/filmmaker, and full details of the work including title, length, date of production, synopsis.
Works must have been completed within the past 2 years.
You may submit more than one work
You certify that you have full authorization to the use of the music in the submitted work.
You certify that you have full authorization to enter the submitted artwork into this festival.
You hold Twelve Gates Video Art Festival harmless from any damages to the submitted material, and harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from your entry.
All artworks selected for the festival grant Twelve Gates Video Art Festival the rights to use stills, and press materials from the film/work for promotional purposes.
Selection for the festival will be made by the Festival Committee.
Submitting your work to Twelve Gates Video Art Festival entails that you have read, understand, and agree to the submission guidelines listed above.
Twelve Gates Arts (12G) is a non profit (501(c)(3)) organization created with the aim to showcase international multidisciplinary arts bound by the sensibilities of a diasporic identity, especially the South Asian identity, and to create and promote projects in the community that cross geographic and cultural boundaries.
August 15, 2019 Regular Deadline
September 10, 2019 Notification Date
November 14 – 17, 2019 Event Date



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