Friday, May 21, 2010

Call for submissions: Cinesonika Film and Video Festival of Innovative Sound Design

A new film festival is set to launch in the fall of 2010 in Vancouver. Cinesonika will launch its first edition in November 12-21 at the Westminster Savings Credit Union Theatre, Simon Fraser University Surrey Theatre, with the goal of focusing on the audio aspect of film and video. 

This is a critical but underappreciated aspect of filmmaking. An editor colleague of mine once expressed his disappointment at the realization that sound was actually more important than the visuals (which is what he primarily worked with). There is a dictum in the film industry that good sound can save poor visuals, but you can't save poor sound.

Here is their call for submissions:

CINESONIKA: The First International Film and Video Festival of Innovative Sound Design

The theme of this international film and video festival is to celebrate the soundtrack. Usually in cinema festivals there is a fixation on movie stars, or captivating imagery, or the literary qualities of screenplays, or the abstract concepts of film theory. Sound tends to be relatively unvalorized in moving-image making. The intent of the festival is to give attention to innovative work in the creation of film and video soundtracks, and to give due credit to the importance of audio in audiovisual media.

This first annual festival will showcase international works of film and video with fascinating soundtracks, idiosyncratic sound design, eclectic scoring and innovative approaches to the sound-image relationship.

Festival Dates:
Nov. 12th-21st, 2010

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Submission Deadline: September 1st, 2010

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