IF………experimental film – Call Out

IF………experimental film


Elysium gallery are looking for submissions of short experimental films from emerging and established artists/filmmakers from across the globe. The chosen films will be screened as part of a special online event through elysium gallery, Swansea, Wales, to be held mid-August, 2020. Select videos may also be put forward for inclusion in IF 2020, an online festival of improvised arts presented by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. (To qualify for IF, videos need to be made during the pandemic and must include an improvisational element.)


We will accept video files in the following formats: .mp4, .mov, .avi. Or you can send us a Vimeo or any other link to the film.

The films must be less than 10 min in duration and made during the current pandemic. Videos must be shot in 16:9 horizontal/landscape mode. 

Please ensure your files are between 1Gb and 4GB in size if emailing them us as attachments. If your files are larger than 5Gb, please either compress them or contact us to discuss options. We would prefer to keep file sizes small.

Also include artist bio and statement of piece – max 200 words total 

JPEG Image – to accompany each entry in program

Deadline for submissions is Saturday 10th July 2020. Please label your files with Your Name, Film Title, year.

Free to enter, open to everyone. 

Email submissions to info@elysiumgallery.com


For each film chosen, the artist will receive £75

About IF

Bracing for the heartache of a summer without live music and arts festivals, this digital gathering will provide an opportunity for people to come together and be reminded of the incredible range of art that persists regardless of this pandemic.

IF is an “all-night, online celebration of the arts,” which takes place over a 24-hour period starting at midnight on August 8th, GMT, and will present original performances by over 100 artists from more than a dozen countries.

IF is free to attend, and will feature a dynamic array of improvisational artists, including musicians, spoken word poets, film makers, dancers, and theatre practitioners. More information is available at improvfest.ca, and the full lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

IF is a project of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), and is made possible through support from numerous community partners and festivals, the University of Guelph’s COVID-19 Research Development & Catalyst Fund, U of G’s College of Arts, and long-time IICSI partner Musagetes. IICSI is generously supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant.