The Video Essay Form

The registration period begins today and ends on April 24, 2023

For the seventh year, FILMADRID, International Film Festival and MUBI, the global film distributor, streaming service and production company, will join forces with the unique and now powerfully established online section dedicated to the art of the video essay.

This space will be one of the pillars of the event, with a selection of some of the best works in the field which reflect on the evolution of this format and explore its different trends.

The selected titles will be released between 5th to 11th of June, 2023 for online audiences on MUBI’s film publication, Notebook. The selection will be made by the programmers of both teams. The registration period will remain open until April 24, 2023. Video essays must meet the requirement of never having been exhibited before, neither online nor in movie theatres. There is no duration limit per work and authors can include a text to accompany their video essay. The complete rules can be consulted here. All works must be registered through the form that can be found on the festival’s website.

In the last six editions, the call of The Video Essay received works from more than 30 countries, and authors such as Mark Rappaport, Catherine Norton, Philip Brubaker, Adrian Martin, Eva Elcano, and Jorge Negrete, among many others, have participated in it.

call for entries filmadrid 2023 the video essay

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  • General conditions of application and registration

– The works submitted must not have been previously exhibited either online or in theaters.

– There is no length limit per work.

– More than one work may be registered.

– The author may accompany the video essay with an explanatory text, if desired.

For the selection stage, the filmmakers, producers or distributors of the works may send their works by completing the online registration form, in which they will facilitate the viewing through a private link (with password, if required). 

  • Acceptance of terms and conditions 

– Assignment of rightsEnrollment in FILMADRID implies acceptance of these terms and conditions presented here.

After accepting the invitation, the works may not be withdrawn from the festival program.

  • Deadline for receptionThe call for entries will be open until April 24, 2023.

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