Strange Beauty Film Festival Now Accepting Film and Audio Submissions

Still from CDS instructor Nancy Kalow's "The Great Dictator,"which screened at the second annual Strange Beauty Film Festival

The Strange Beauty Film Festival is accepting submissions for the fourth annual event, a perennial sellout at Durham, North Carolina’s Manbites Dog Theater. Festival organizers describe the films they’re seeking as “short fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, underground, funky, and otherwise wholly unclassifiable works that lie somewhere between terrifying normality and sublime fever dreams . . . movies that strike a nerve, shake us up, come back to haunt us. Anything goes, up to thirty minutes in length. If you think your film qualifies, it probably does.”

New this year, the festival is also accepting audio submissions for its Aural Fixation audio-only program. Audio work “of any shape and form” of thirty minutes or less is accepted; pieces in the ninety-second to five-minute range are particularly encouraged. Festival organizers are looking for audio pieces that are “strangely beautiful and/or beautifully strange.”

Film submissions
Deadline November 15, 2012
Entry fee: $10
For more information and to enter 

Aural Fixation submissions
Deadline November 15, 2012
Entry Fee: $5
For more information and to enter

The fourth annual Strange Beauty Film Festival will take place January 24–26, 2013, Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina. Check the website for updates. Center for Documentary Studies instructor Jim Haverkamp and Joyce Ventimiglia organize the festival; Haverkamp was recently named the Cucalorus Film Festival‘s North Carolina Filmmaker Retrospective honoree.

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