A few months back we announced the launch of Project Catalyst, an innovative transmedia organization, that expands the possibilities for
diversity in cinema through its convergence with new technology, community
building, and the visual art world via content created by filmmakers and
artists of color.
Now we have an exciting
update aimed specifically at all you filmmakers.
Through fresh film and
media distribution strategies, Project Catalyst is reaching out to artistically
underserved populations across multiple platforms, and providing audiences
with an increased variety of films and artwork that better reflects
Spearheaded by filmmaker,
media scholar, and Independent Spirit Award nominee, Artel Great, Project Catalyst
is the linchpin of his work as the 2014 recipient of the NYU Tisch Cinema
Research Institute fellowship for film innovation.
This summer will see the
launch of the Project Catalyst app and the fall will mark the unveiling of
their Film & Culture College Exhibition on university campuses across the
United States. And their inaugural
Cinema Celebration will take place in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in
November 2014. This signature event will showcase visual culture and feature
films created by and for communities outside the Hollywood mainstream as a long
overdue celebration of diverse experiences.
Official submissions are
for feature films to participate in the Cinema Celebration. Submissions for
short films are also open for inclusion in the Project Catalyst app and the
Film & Culture College Exhibition.
The app in particular will feature a variety of rotating media content
as an opportunity for many filmmakers to expand the life of their films and
reach broader audiences.
Only films with limited
public screenings, completed no earlier than 2012, will be considered.
Filmmakers must be from: Black, Latina/o, Asian-American, or
Native-American backgrounds in order to be eligible for participation.
The official deadline for
submissions is Friday, August 1st at 11:59pm (EST). Submissions are at no cost and a
maximum of three films may be sent.
For more details and the application go to: ProjectCatalyst.com/filmmakers
about Project Catalyst, including their monthly artist spotlight “What’s Your
Story?” can be found regularly on their Facebook page: