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JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – 2018

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JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – November 30th, 2018

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: September 21st, 2018

$2,000 IN PRIZES!

GUIDELINES:

WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORTS?

James River Shorts is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling. Even a snapshot of the guests from the past 20 years of the JRFF – Michael Almereyda, Caroline Martel, Tom Davenport, David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Richard Myers, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, Ray Harryhausen, Tom Verlaine, Charles Burnett, Albert Maysles, John Columbus, Stan Brakhage, Scott MacDonald, and William Wegman – shows that we have a broad concept of the art of film and film as art. Therefore, we encourage all types of short films: fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental, and more. We define short, you define art.

 

ENTRY CRITERIA/CATEGORIES

James River Shorts is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.

 

CATEGORIES

Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.

 

SELECTION AND SCREENING

Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening November 30th will be notified by October 30th. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, November 30th, 6:30 pm James River Shorts Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.

AWARDS

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, and third places. The Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

 

James River Short Films 2017 Winners Announced!

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The 2017 James River Short Films competition finalists were screened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Friday, October 20.

The award winners were:

1st place: The Real ThingBrandon Kelley (NY)  $600.00

2nd place: Nerd CaveMads Reuther (Denmark)  $500.00

3rd place: Lunch TimeAlireza Ghasemi (Iran)  $400.00

Honorable mention: Cute as a Button—Marta Finkelstein (VA)  $250.00

Honorable mention: Panic AttackEileen O’Meara (CA)  $250.00

Kathryn Stephens VA Filmmaker Award—Left UndoneNathan Clarke (VA)

Plan 9 Music People’s Choice Award: The Real ThingBrandon Kelley (NY)  $100.00

The competition is co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Office and the James River Film Society, and hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Since 1994 the competition has awarded over $46,000.00 to young filmmakers in Virginia, the United States, and around the world!

2017 James River Short Films Juried Competition

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• Friday, October 20th, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theater
• 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 (VMFA members $5.00)

Finalist include :

Lunch Time—Alireza Ghasemi (Iran)

Panic Attack—Eileen O’Meara (CA)

Cute as a Button—Marta Finkelstein (VA)

Blows with the Wind—Hazhir As’adi (Iran)

The Real Thing—Brandon Kelley (NY)

Scenes from the Anthropocene—Gregg Biermann (NJ)

Left Undone—Nathan Clarke (VA)

Sourdough Starter—Gail Noonan (Canada)

The Jacket—Sergio Vacarro (CA)

Chlorine—Cameron Robinson (VA)

Nerd Cave—Mads Reuther (Denmark)

The James River Short Films 2017 Call for Submissions

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JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – October 20th, 2017

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: August 15th 2017

$2,000 IN PRIZES!

GUIDELINES:

WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORTS?

James River Shorts is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling. Even a snapshot of the guests from the past 20 years of the JRFF – Michael Almereyda, Caroline Martel, Tom Davenport, David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Richard Myers, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, Ray Harryhausen, Tom Verlaine, Charles Burnett, Albert Maysles, John Columbus, Stan Brakhage, Scott MacDonald, and William Wegman – shows that we have a broad concept of the art of film and film as art. Therefore, we encourage all types of short films: fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental, and more. We define short, you define art.

ENTRY CRITERIA/CATEGORIES

James River Shorts is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.

CATEGORIES

Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.

SELECTION AND SCREENING

Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening October 20th will be notified by September 27th 2017. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, October 20th, 2017, 6:30 pm James River Shorts Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.

AWARDS

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, and third places. The Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

James River Short Films Juried Competition

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• Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 6:30 PM
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts , Leslie Cheek Theater
• 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 (VMFA members $5.00)

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View the best, most current short videos and films (20 minutes or less) during this popular annual, international competition from the James River Film Society. A special guest filmmaker will choose the top entries and award approximately $2000 in cash prizes.  The Audience will have a chance to vote on their favorites, and some filmmakers will be present for comments and Q&A .

For over 20 years the James River Film Society has been a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to the art of film and film as art.

The finalist this year include :

The Streets That Speak – Vida Lercari (New York)

Misgivings – Adrian Mead (United Kingdom)

Historical Film – Will Bryan (Virginia)

Audible Static – Sai Selvarajan (Texas)

Lone Survivor – Navid Darvishzadeh (Iran)

I Choose Openness – Jannatul Nayeem (Virginia)

In the Waves – Ying-Fang Shen (Taiwan)

SHOTGUN – Maverick Moore (Texas)

Song of the Open Road – Maureen McNabb (Virginia)

The Itching – Diane Bellino (New York)

Frogman – Tyler Trumbo (Virginia)

Until the End – Bryan Paulson (Nevada)

Tickets available at the VMFA website HERE .

 

James River Short Films Call for Submissions!

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JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – December 2nd, 2016

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 

$2,000 IN PRIZES!

GUIDELINES:

WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORTS?

James River Shorts is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling. Even a snapshot of the guests from the past 20 years of the JRFF – Michael Almereyda, Caroline Martel, Tom Davenport, David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Richard Myers, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, Ray Harryhausen, Tom Verlaine, Charles Burnett, Albert Maysles, John Columbus, Stan Brakhage, Scott MacDonald, and William Wegman – shows that we have a broad concept of the art of film and film as art. Therefore, we encourage all types of short films: fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental, and more. We define short, you define art.

ENTRY CRITERIA/CATEGORIES

James River Shorts is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.

CATEGORIES

Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.

SELECTION AND SCREENING

Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening December 2nd will be notified by November 15th,  2016. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 6:30 pm James River Shorts Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.

AWARDS

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, and third places. The Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

SUBMIT VIA FilmFreeway :

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2015 James River Short Films Finalists

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$8 admission ($5 for VMFA and JRFS members).

Tickets available at VMFA website or night of event.

In order of screening, Friday, November 20th, 6:30PM

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre

Things You Didn’t Know About Tiny Tim, Tamara Federici, 7:38 mins., 2015, CA

O Pastor Animarum, H. Paul Moon, 4:30 mins., 2015, VA

Black Eyes, Rick Spears, 11 mins., 2015, VA

Hill of the Hapersnoks, Rinny Wilson, 11:26 mins., 2014, VA

Playback, Robert Hudson, 16:40 mins., 2015, VA

(Un)Sexy, Paige Snider, 4:31 mins., 2014, VA

I Am the Mountain, You Are the Water’s Edge, Travis Waugh, 10:15 mins., 2010, VA

The Columbarium, Tyler Trumbo, 4 mins., 2014, VA

Kuwabara, Kuwabara, Elizabeth Williams, 11:18 mins., 2015, VA

Awards judge: Christopher Holmes, filmmaker, educator (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and past-juried competition winner. His films include Fence Dogs, Sapsucker, and the recent feature, Lost Colony.

******* WINNERS **************

Winners of  James River Short Films 2015:
1st prize and Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award
Travis Waugh – I Am the Mountain , You Are the Water’s Edge ($600)
2nd Prize
Tyler Trumbo – The Columbarium ($500)
3rd Prize
Robert Hudson – Playback ($400) (Audience Choice Award)
Honorable Mentions:
Tamara Federici – Things You Didn’t Know About Tiny Tim ($250)
Elizabeth Williams – Kuwabara , Kuwabara ($250)

2014 James River Short Film Award Winners

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First place $750:  Optimist, Pessimist, Solisist Will Bryan (VA)
 
Second place $500:  What Heavenly Body? John Hager (VA)
 
Third place $350:  The Rubric Timestamped  Luke Szabados (OH)
 
Honorable mention $200:  In the Dark  Michael Buchbauer (CA)
 
Honorable mention $200:  Dangerous Christina O’Connell (VA)
 
Kathryn Stephens VA Filmmaker Award:  Eyes/ Desires Joshua Thorud (VA)
 
Peoples’ Choice Award (by ballot):  Dangerous Christina O’Connell

2014 James River Short Films Finalists Announced!

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The following are the finalists of the 2014 James River Short Films competition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts screening November 7th at 6:30 pm.
Congratulations to all!
 
Eyes/Desires – Joshua Thorud (5:36) (VA)
Optimist, Pessimist, Solipsist – Will Bryan (7:46) (VA)
After Creation, After Icebergs – Mary Beth Reed (2:30) (VA)
With Grace – Spencer Neale (29:00) (VA)
What Heavenly Body – John Hager (3:00) (VA)
Victory Remembered: Legacy of the Black Devils – Les Owen (9:38) (MD)
In the Dark – Mike Buchbauer (5:10) (CA)
On the Train to Kutna Hora… and Back – Ann Deborah Levy (8:00) (NY)
The Rubric Timestamped – Luke Szabados (9:00) (OH)
Dangerous – Christina O’Connell (10:00) (VA)

2014 James River Short Films Poster

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2014 James River Short Films—Call For Entries!

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JAMES RIVER SHORTS – NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 (postmarked)

$2,000 IN PRIZES!

GUIDELINES:

WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORTS?

James River Shorts is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (30 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling. Even a snapshot of the guests from the past 20 years of the JRFF –Michael Almereyda, Caroline Martel, Tom Davenport, David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Richard Myers, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, Ray Harryhausen, Tom Verlaine, Charles Burnett, Albert Maysles, John Columbus, Stan Brakhage, Scott MacDonald, and William Wegman – shows that we have a broad concept of the art of film and film as art. Therefore, we encourage all types of short films – fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental and more. We define short, you define art.

ENTRY CRITERIA/CATEGORIES

James River Shorts is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 30 min.

SCREENING FORMATS

For pre-screening purposes, send DVDs or URLs for online content. Please do not send film prints for pre-screening. During the festival works can be screened on Quicktime, Blu-ray or standard DVD.

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

Please do not send promotional materials (posters, stills, postcards, etc.) at this time.

ENTRY FEE

Virginia Residents: $15, Non-Virginia Residents: $25

Checks or money orders made payable to James River Film Society should be mailed to James River Film Society, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221.

To pay with credit card, click on Network for Good located under Give Now on all JRFS pages. Please type “James River Shorts” as the “gift” Designation.

SHIPPING

Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes. International entries must be marked “For Cultural Purposes Only — No Commercial Value.” The festival will not pay for import duty or taxes. All entries should be sent to James River Shorts, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221. If shipping with courier services that will not deliver to post office boxes, send to James River Film Society @ Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Each entry must be accompanied by check or electronic payment ($25 out-of-state; $15 VA residents) payable to: James River Film Society

CATEGORIES

Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.

SELECTION AND SCREENING

Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening November 7th will be notified by October 20, 2014. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30 pm James River Shorts Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.

AWARDS

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, third places, and the Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

RETURN OF PREVIEW AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

DVD screeners will not be returned.

2014 JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – ENTRY FORM

Film Title
Country of Origin
Running Time
Date Completed
Production Format
Pre-Screening Format
Web Entry URL
Web Entry Access Info
Screening Format
Sound
Color
Name
Full Address
Phone
Email
Entry Fee
Synopsis
Please write a short blurb, to include film title, a brief synopsis, filmmaker’s biography and a screening history of the work. Stills and promotional materials may be requested after programming decisions are made.
Acceptance of Regulations
I hereby certify that I am the rightful owner of the work described below, and own all rights and releases necessary for public screening. By submitting this entry, I agree that James River Shorts Festival may publicly screen my work as well as use stills and descriptive material in the official program and any other publicity efforts. James River Shorts is not responsible for any costs or expenses arising out of any such use by the festival, nor is James River Shorts responsible for loss or damage to entry or screening materials in transit. I agree to provide a finished copy in the format indicated above no later than two weeks prior to the festival.

2013 James River Shorts Finalists Winners

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• 1st Place:

Anna Walks In – Patrick Jenkins, $400 / Kathryn Stephens, VA Filmmaker Award

Daybreak (L’aube) – George Ungar, $400

Puppy Dreams – Alex Delyle, $400

 • 2nd Place:

Nitro – Kate Fowler, $300

 • 3rd Place:

Return to the World of Dance – Boord, Marloff, Valdovino, $300

 • Honorable Mentions:

Take Me Home – PJ Norton, $100 / People’s Choice Winner

Dwell, Dig, Shake – Connor Burke, $100

Steak – Tommy Bell, $100

 • Awards Judge:  

• Filmmaker Dave Ellsworth

 • Jurors:  

• Caryl Burtner, Jim Collier, Jere Kittle  and Ted Salins

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James River Shorts: “Direct Filmmaking” Workshop

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MONO NO AWARE direct filmmaking workshop.

Due to low enrollment and the Richmond Marathon (what were we thinking?!), we’ve decided to cancel and reschedule this and the Super 8/Hand Processing workshop during our 19th James River Film Festival, April 12-18, 2012. Stay tuned!

HAND PAINTING ON FILM “DIRECT FILMMAKING” WORKSHOP @ VisArts
Saturday, Nov. 12, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Direct Filmmaking Workshop
Instructor : Steve Cossman of MONO NO AWARE

In this workshop students will learn to manipulate the surface of the film using a variety of direct film-making techniques; painting, scratching, collage, and masking in order to create an experimental film on 16mm. This intensive workshop is designed to introduce, explore and master (on some level) the ability to articulate movement through the tactile gesturings of this beautiful cinematic language. The course will meet for 5 hours beginning with a brief history of filmmakers using these methods along with their contemporaries. After instruction students will get their hands dirty almost immediately. The goal is to have each participant create a short, well developed direct film work, that we will screen at the end of the session. Students will walk away with hands on experience of direct filmmaking, a finished film work, the knowledge to continue to work in this practice at home and a list of venues to pursue for exhibition. All materials will be provided for. Workshop limited to 12 participants; will run with 8.

Visit the VisArts Calendar page to register (scroll down page).

James River Shorts: Filmmaking/Hand Processing Workshop

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hand processed, hand coloured super 8 film strip collage from the Aphids 2008 collaboration with Ensemble Offspring 'Waiting To Turn Into Puzzles'. Images created by Louise Curham as ground for musical notation by composer David Young. Project is copyright Curham and Young 2008.

Due to low enrollment and the Richmond Marathon (what were we thinking?!), we’ve decided to cancel and reschedule this and the Hand Painting/”Direct Filmmaking” Workshop during our 19th James River Film Festival, April 12-18, 2012. Stay tuned!

SUPER 8 MM FILMMAKING & HAND PROCESSING WORKSHOP @ VisArts
SATURDAY, NOV. 12 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (films processed between 4-6 p.m.).
Instructors : Sean Hanley & Joshua Lewis of MONO NO AWARE

Learn the art and craft of 18 frames per second filmmaking. This will be a hands-on class designed for the beginner that covers the basic aspects of Super-8mm filmmaking: cameras, story, timing (exposure), editing in camera and sound options.   Students will conceive, shoot and edit their own silent one-reel films in one afternoon.  After the shoot we’ll dive straight into hand-processing. Hand processing fosters a particularly intimate understanding of film as a material object and can produce a variety of effects that cannot be achieved by professional lab services. In this part of the workshop, students will be given all of the information necessary to start their own home operation. We will go over key chemical reactions, mix our own chemistry, and each student will take their 50’ roll of film through each stage of the reversal process. All chemicals and equipment will be provided. Participants should wear old clothing.  Finished projects will be presented at the conclusion of the course as part of the festival.  We will also discuss alternatives to projection and how to promote your short film work with a list of S-8 friendly film festivals. Class limited to 12 participants; will run with 8.

Visit the VisArts Calendar page to register (scroll down page).

James River Shorts 2011 Music + Film

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James River Shorts 2011 wraps with a treat: Live music + film performances courtesy of Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird, including the premiere of the brand new music video (directed by Kevin Gallagher) for their single “Turn to Face the Wind.”  +  Stick around for the James River Shorts after party with music by Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird. Admission FREE. Cash bar courtesy of VisArts.