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April 30, 2007

MadCat Women's International Film Festival


Seeking Submissions

The 11th Annual MadCat Women's International Film Festival is seeking submissions! MadCat seeks provocative and visionary films and videos directed or co-directed by women. Films can be of any length or genre and produced ANY year. MadCat is committed to showcasing work that challenges the use of sound and image and explores notions of visual story telling. All subjects / topics will be considered. Submission Fee: $10-30 sliding scale. Pay what you can afford. International entrants may disregard the fee. For more details go to www.madcatfilmfestival.org or call 415 436-9523. Preview Formats: VHS or DVD. Exhibition Formats: 35mm, 16mm, Super8, Beta SP, Mini DV, VHS, DVD. All entries must include a self addressed stamped envelope for return of materials. Previews will not be returned without a self addressed stamped envelope. Late Deadline: May 21, 2007.


MadCat is currently on TOUR with a portion of last year's Festival. We will let you know if MadCat plans to travel to your area. Or let us know if you want to set up a screening near you.

Private Eyes

"Private Eyes," the first program in curator, Ariella Ben-Dov's series features an eclectic selection of experimental documentaries and animated works from the UK, Czech Republic, Norway and the US. The Intimacy of Strangers, follows a clandestine film crew that prowls the streets, capturing phone conversations. The filmmaker "steals" these intimate moments and explores the ever-shrinking gap between private and public spheres. Deep Woods is a performative video that lures male participants through evocative advertisements. These innovative works reveal the power of modern technologies to upend of notions of privacy.

Fools Tricks

The second program in curator Ariella Ben-Dov's series - "Fools Tricks," highlights experiments in avant-garde filmmaking. Optical printing, painting on film and other tricks of the cinematic trade create an intriguing body of work. Set against the background of real and imagined calamities, Boll Weevil Days re-conceptualizes the disaster narrative. A fragile paper city and yellowing pictures of rescue workers from the 1930s creates an elliptical portrayal of intimacy in the face of oblivion. Blending documentary and conceptual audio Tune-In uncovers the world of amateur radio operators. Also see an abstracted lunar eclipse, the inner workings of a monastery's bakery and the re-creation of planets, among other stories.

MadCat Women's International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street Unit C
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA
P. 415 436-9523
F. 415 934-0642
E. info[at]madcatfilmfestival.org

Posted by jo at April 30, 2007 10:20 AM