Submissions are now open for the annual experimental film and video screening program, Monitor 11.
Deadline: 3 November 2014 – 5:00pm

Monitor is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world. We invite independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative. Monitor encourages new, experimental and risk-taking work that challenges the viewer’s active engagement.

For Monitor 11, curators Leila Pourtavaf and Azar Mahmoudian invite filmmakers and artists to submit work based on the theme, “These Monsters are Real”, a nod to riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy. The theme can be read as a playful insistence on fantasy as a legitimate mode of operation, but also question how we can still claim a space for the imaginary, and the make-believe, when the most monstrous acts have become a part of our everyday reality.

How do we realize and name trauma to normalize it? How does it haunt us? How do our fantasies return as the real? How do we build fictions that tell the stories of our lived realities? And finally, how do we fantasize our way out?

Peruse previous Monitor programs here.