Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Call for submissions: 2012 TIFF Wavelengths program

The call for submissions has been put out for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival's program known as Wavelengths.

Wavelengths is TIFF's selection dedicated to avant-garde and experimental filmmaking and is named after Michael Snow's seminal film Wavelength. The works are grouped together in 5-6 full-length screenings and shown in the first weekend of the festival. The program is curated by TIFF Cinematheque Programmer Andréa Picard and she has received raves for her work including from Manohla Dargis of the New York Times.

The 2011 Wavelengths program at TIFF included works by Adriana Salazar Arroyo, Ute Aurand, James Benning, Joshua Bonnetta, Neil Beloufa, Nick Collins, Tacita Dean, Nathaniel Dorsky, Kevin Jerome Everson, Karen Johannesen, Chris Kennedy, Mark Lewis, Rose Lowder, Raya Martin, Sophie Michael, John Price, Ben Rivers, Alina Rudnitskaya, Jonathan Schwartz, Eriko Sonoda, T. Marie, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Joyce Wieland, and Blake Williams.

There is no application for or entry fee. The deadline for submissions is May 21, 2012.


Dear filmmakers, friends and colleagues:

The Toronto International Film Festival is currently seeking new work for its Wavelengths programme, now in its 12th year. Named for Michael Snow's seminal 1967 film, Wavelength, the Festival's avant-garde sidebar is a unique forum for international film and video art within the context of one of the world's largest and busiest public film festivals. Held during the opening weekend of the Festival (September 6-16), Wavelengths strives to provide a thoughtfully curated selection of recent international film and video art made for and presented in the cinema.

Building on its past successes, Wavelengths is presently looking for new works (2011-2012), as well as recent restorations of seminal films from the avant-garde. North American premieres will be given precedence but are not required. Programming suggestions and referrals are equally welcome.

There is no official submission process for Wavelengths, no forms to fill out and no entry fee. However, please be sure to include clear contact information and a detailed description of the work.

All previews should be received by May 21, 2012 and sent directly to:

Wavelengths, TIFF
Attention: Andréa Picard
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

Our presentation formats include 16mm, 35mm, and various video formats, but sadly, no Super 8mm.

Please also contact us in advance if you prefer to send a film print for preview. Other than prints, previews will not be returned to the filmmaker unless they are picked up in person or the return shipping or postage is pre-arranged. If you cannot meet the deadline but have works in progress that you wish to have considered for this year's festival, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

With warm regards,

Andréa Picard
Film Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival

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