You are welcome to submit. MONO NO AWARE is open to any person or group of persons making work incorporating Super8 or 16mm film format as part of that presentation. For example: Blending film and theater performance, musicians creating a visual experience for their sound and experimental filmmakers working with storytellers. Entries will only be accepted on Super8 or 16mm film. FILM ONLY. No Digital Video.
Part of our purpose in having this gathering is to put an emphasis on the cinematic experience. Film and video are so easily accessible, you can watch something on a Website, television, a home projector or even your cell phone. For some filmmakers those vehicles are copies of the original artwork, each one degraded by its format. We believe there is a magic in seeing the film as a print. There is a presence a poet has reading his/her own writing. There is a feeling that resonates in your chest when you see a band live. For these reasons we are encouraging live music, performance and audio to expand the cinematic experience beyond the screen. We ask that in the spirit of the festival you not video or create copies of your performance. Some participants have gone as far as to destroy the work after its first run at the event.