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2019 Annual Conference

Cleveland

March 07-10, 2019

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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Past SPE Annual Conferences

The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) has featured a film and video festival of innovative and provocative short documentaries, animation and fiction as part of the Annual Conference since 1995. The festival began as the SPE Women's Film and Video Festival and evolved into a festival featuring work curated by 3 of the organization's caucuses, the Women's Caucus, Multicultural Caucus and LGBTQ Caucus. The Society for Photographic Education is the primary academic organization for photographic media professionals and the Annual Conference draws 1200-1500 participants annually. The conference theme for 2019 is, The Myths of Photography and the American Dream.

Venue and Dates

The 2019 SPE Media Festival will be screened at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, OH, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7-9, 2019 during the SPE Annual Conference. Filmmakers will also have the option to have their films included in a password-protected On-line Video Festival available to SPE members from June 2019 – March 2020.

Entry Fees & Deadlines

Earlybird entry fee for submissions received by 11:59 PM, August 31, 2018, is free for SPE members. During checkout on FilmFreeway, you must "check" that you are a member, and enter the discount code sent by SPE via email on July 2nd. Earlybird entry fee for non-members is $10. Entry fee for all submissions received September 1 - October 31 is $15. Fee for submissions received November 1 - November 15 is $25.

Categories

  • 24th Annual SPE Women's Film & Video Festival: Short documentaries, animation and fiction by, for or about women.
  • Multi Cultural Media Festival: Short documentaries, animation and fiction on cultural issues by, for or about people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • LGBTQ Media Festival: Short documentaries, animation and fiction by, for or about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people. 

Eligibility

  • Filmmakers may submit different work to more than one category, but the same video cannot be submitted to multiple categories.
  • All works must be under 30 minutes, including credits; there is not completion date limitation.
  • We are looking for films that address visual, educational, and social-political issues with integrity, honesty, and justice. 
  • All rights must be cleared.
  • Filmmakers do not have to be SPE members.
  • Preference will be given to films/videos that reflect the conference theme

Entry Requirements

Entry via FilmFreeway

FilmFreeway entries must include the following:

  • a web link to the full video – If password protected, include password.
  • contact information for filmmaker (name, address, email and telephone number)
  • Distributor information if different than filmmaker
  • short (maximum 50 words) film synopsis
  • short director's bio (maximum 50 words)
  • awards and festival screenings, if applicable
  • exact running time (do not count color bars, black, etc.)

This is a juried festival with no specific awards. Accepted films will be screened live at the festival venue. Accepted filmmakers will be notified by December 21, 2018.

Accepted filmmakers must provide a Quicktime H.264 file at the original dimensions, up to 1920px x 1080px, by Jan. 4, 2019.

Questions? Email estomin@lycoming.edu

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