Art For Art’s Sake (No Money For God’s Sake)

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

WANTED: Art Festival Entrants and Digital Screen Networks!!!

Here’s a new opportunity for the makers of ultra-short films (30-seconds long) to get their works seen by millions – and for digital screen operators to pick up some interesting content.

ART BY CHANCE is the brand new ‘Ultra Short Film Festival’ that will be aired in May, 2009, all around the world.

The festival is open to movies of all kinds; fiction, animation, documentary and video art – with the exception of training and advertising films.

ART BY CHANCE is currently partnering with many digital advertising network operators throughout the world, and the festival is unique because the selected short movies will be presented to the public through advertising screens instead of movie theatres. If yours is one of the 20 films chosen by the qualified jury, it may be viewed on screens in metros, buses, railways, public transportation terminals, shopping malls, airports and other digital screen venues worldwide.

“ART BY CHANCE will present urban dwellers with stimulating content,” says Hatice Caglar, spokesperson for the festival. “This is the largest audience ever reached by a short film festival. Reaching so many people can only be possible by taking the screenings outside of theatres where urbanites can see them without effort.”

Headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, ART BY CHANCE Ultra Short Film Festival is being introduced by ANBEAN festival platform which produces concept festivals as a content provider. While ART BY CHANCE is the first festival of this type for ANBEAN, the team has previously worked on several youth festivals.

To date, the U.S., Canada, Turkey, Netherlands and Germany (15 cities) are involved, with new ones continually being added to the list.

Entries are accepted from around the world. The organizers are keeping in touch with film schools, communities and organisations. They are dealing with such network operators as Transitv, Trend Network, Next Generation Medya and more, and are looking for others to join in.

And “We are looking for local representatives in various other places to establish the festival in their countries,” says Caglar.

Deadline for film entries is March 20, 2009. Entrants should be aware that using sound in their films is optional, since all the screens showing the films may not have sound access.

For further information and participation, see

One Response to “Art For Art’s Sake (No Money For God’s Sake)”

  1. Kevin Deighan Says:

    purpledogtv (Glasgow) has been ‘Exhibiting’ work of Scottish artists and photographers over the past three months on our digital network onboard FirstGroup buses. Following discussions with binaryfable, a Scottish award-winning (Mobifest Toronto 08) animation company, we are now showing their work on our screens and would be interested in being involved with ART BY CHANCE………

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