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Call for Films – Pirate Cinema

2013 May 13
by Shared by Steve Rust

CALL FOR SUBMISSION – Submission Deadline: May 25, 2013

Pirate Cinema–a mobile moving-image installation powered by renewable energy–in collaboration with the Maldives Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, will be presenting a program of short (10 minutes or less) films on the topic of environmental activism, climate change, and its causes and consequences for people and the natural world.

Filmmakers and artists are encouraged to submit short works to be screened in Venice this summer on Pirate Cinema’s solar and bicycle powered screen. We are seeking to include films representing a range of cinematic voices–from activist filmmakers documenting environmental campaigns to experimental artists  offering poetic explorations of our relationships to nature and the environment.

Pirate Cinema is an ecologically friendly open platform and  catalyst for engaged art, guerrilla promotion, street politics and people’s empowerment. It organizes short and feature films screenings, experimental music, and festivals.

The Maldives Pavilion seeks to bring together artistic responses to the current the ecological crisis facing the Maldives, a tiny island nation which current climate estimates predict will be completely submerged under rising sea levels by 2080. The Pavilion is an eco-aesthetic space, a platform for environmental campaigners, artists and thinkers.Through inviting artists and contributors to the Maldives Pavilion’s intention is to provide a meaningful aesthetic experience and extensive knowledge of the concept of “Contemporary Environmental Romanticism.”

Submission Deadline: May 25, 2013

No Submission fee

Submission format: Preferably Quicktime file via WeTransfer using the email address or DVD via post. Please complete the submission form and send with your film via email or post to:

Pirate Cinema, c/o Heath Iverson , 224/2 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DE, Scotland, UK

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  1. Janis Crystal Lipzin permalink
    May 17, 2013

    I am pleased to submit my film, De Luce 1: Vegetare, for your consideration.

    “In the beginning of time, light drew out matter along with itself into a mass as great as the fabric of the world. ”
    –Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253) from “On Light (De Luce) or the Ingression of Forms”

    Grahame Weinbren, Senior Editor, Millennium Film Journal said of De Luce 1: Vegetare:

    Though its material substance is modest— images of grasses and flowers, shot on super-8mm film, hand processed, and carefully structured in time — its visual effect is explosive and moving, in colors simultaneously intense and subtle. A source of the film is a consideration of the parallels between the photo-chemical processes required for the production of cinematic images and the botanical processes required for the raising of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
    One of the inspiring and poignant aspects of Janis Crystal Lipzin’s practice is the integration of her lifestyle into her art work. She is deeply engaged with the land she lives on and works extensively, growing an extraordinary array of plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers; and this engagement surfaces throughout her work, indicating its core of honesty and modesty. To me De Luce reads as a record of a fulfilled life, a life that understands all elements of nature to be part of a larger tapestry. It is a sublime work, in the traditional sense of depicting nature so as to communicate a sense of the world as a variegated, but unified whole. 2012

    I am sending the DVD to you via post to arrive by May 25.

  2. srust permalink*
    May 17, 2013

    Thank you for your comment. Please be sure to contact Pirate Cinema directly with your information on the film and submission. Their email is listed in the post:

    Good luck and great to hear about your film. I hope I can see it myself some day.

    Stephen Rust, Site Moderator

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