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Call for entries: Volgograd International video festival Forward»2018

 Art Incubator "Videology"

                400131, Russia, Volgograd, Prospekt Lenina, 21, GUK
Volgograd Museum of Graphic Arts
                Phone: +79061685301
                Fax: +79061685301
                Contact: Fedor Yermolov


 For works sent by snail-mail - 20th of April 2008.
 For works sent by FTP - 1st of May 2008.

 Volgograd International video festival Forward»2018
 Invites artists and curators to participate

 Volgograd International Video Festival Forward»2018 announces the
start of accepting works and invites artists and curators to
participate. Festival will take place in Volgograd in May-June 2008
and it is planned that it will have the usual cinema hall format as
well as online format in the Internet. It will allow presenting the
festival programme not only to local, but also world wide audience.
Works of multiple genres can participate: from short-length films and
video art to animated cartoons and documentaries.
 It will be the Civil Jury that will evaluate the works, and it will
involve specialists of different culture areas, but also, what is no
less important - Citizens of Volgograd, recognizing their personal
responsibility for social and cultural situation in the city. Besides,
a Prize of Audience"s Sympathy will be awarded.

 Volgograd is an extraordinary city. Extraordinary and sophisticated -
in many ways. It emerged from ruins in times of the Golden Horde in
"no man"s land" between Europe and Asia (initially the fortress stood
on an island amid mighty Volga, which was a boundary river then).
Three times the city changed its name (and made it into history under
sinister name of Stalin - it is here, in Stalingrad, where the
decisive battle of the Second World War took place). It changed its
appearance - from wooden fort to redbrick merchant town, from a pile
of burnt bricks of war times to Empire style haughty polis. It
incurved along the Volga bank - a pulsating vein of Russia, with a
dot-and-dashed line (or rather unread Morse code message, where dots
are plants and dashes - residential areas). Here everything is
intermittent and pulsating. Vertical lines of sky scrapers under
construction (and the main vertical - Mother Russia monument, the
highest in the world), interlace with low blocks of residential
houses; local transport-miracle - express tramway - dives underground,
and then again comes on surface to broad daylight; a street rumble of
a million-people-city changes to patriarchal silence of old patiosŠ
Everything is dashed and pulsating.
 So is the city"s cultural life. For the past few years Volgograd got
acquainted with modern art on an international level again. Again -
because before post-perestroika still air period international
avant-garde art festivals already rioted here, the first of them being
not in Russia even, but still in USSR. And again a new generation of
modern artists appeared in the city - video-artists included. Not
spouted from the old perestroika generation - but rather, jumped out
of void, out of a pause in total Volgograd pulse.
 It"s exactly for this new, unknown generation (and by its forces)
that this festival is being prepared. As a launching point, as a
territory for a dialogue with equal young video-makers from all around
the worldŠ
 This festival is for the young in the first place. The number 2018 in
the name of the festival is not a misprint, since today we invite to
show their debut creative work those people who in 10 years time, in
2018, will become a formed core of modern art, We want to look forward
together with You, forward into next decade. We want to show ourselves
- to the city and to the world. We are not afraid of putting ourselves
into world cultural context - even if the comparison would not be in
our favour - and we invite young artists to come forward together with
us. We invite the senior to show us their excellence. We want to
learn, want to find our own place in modern culture. And perhaps, and
why not - to lay foundation of a new local cultural tradition, which
would not be intermitted.

 Planned programmes
 Forward- competitive programme for young artists (under 33 years of age).
 REview - Competitive programme for artists above 33 years of age.
Each artist can submit TWO works, one of which represents the opening
stage of his creative work, and the other - today"s stage.

 For works sent by snail-mail - 20th of April 2008.
 For works sent by FTP - 1st of May 2008.

 Festival"s organizers
 "Art-incubator "Videology" workshop with support from Volgograd
regional NGO "Centre for cultural initiatives development" "InTerra".

 Contact information
 Address: 400131, Russia, Volgograd, Prospekt Lenina, 21, GUK
Volgograd Museum of Graphic Arts

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