CINEDIASPORA's Celluloids of Desire Film Submission Form
CineDiaspora is a new diasporic film festival premiering in 2019 in partnership with South Asian Diaspora Artists Collective (SADAC)! CineDiaspora will be an immersive platform to promote a redefinition of South Asian cinema while drawing linkages with cinematic expressions from all communities of color. The festival will seek to champion storytelling in all its forms, particularly from emerging and thoroughly underrepresented voices who are existent within the murky terrains of the 'diaspora.'

We are calling for entries for Celluloids of Desire, which will screen seasonally over two nights in NYC at a public venue: one in mid-April 2019 and the other mid-July. The theme of the night will be desire: submissions should speak to the longing to break down barriers standing in the way of human connection and community. Films from all artists of color are open to consideration.

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Short video works (max. 13 minutes)
All genres welcome (music videos, experimental, fiction, documentary, animation, etc.)
Excerpts from longer works welcome, but submissions should work as stand-alone pieces

March 15, 2019

An equal portion of the admissions to the screenings will be provided equally amongst the filmmakers whose works are selected.

Please review the SADAC mission statement and community guidelines before submitting your work.

The South Asian Diaspora Artists Collective (SADAC) is a member-led group using art as a tool for resistance, healing, community building, and liberation. The Collective meets regularly to workshop in-progress artwork (of any media); to discuss art, activism, identity, and politics; and to create work and collaborate across disciplines and issues. The collective is dedicated to breaking down barriers that exist within the South Asian and Indo Caribbean diaspora in order to build long-term, sustainable community in solidarity with all communities of color.

We are dedicated to holding a space free of anti-blackness, racism, casteism, sexism, classism, LGBTQIA-phobia, ableism, and hate. We recognize that prevalent oppressive mindsets can permeate South Asian spaces. We do not attempt to speak for everyone. However, we consider our shortcomings as a collective to be deep learning moments and opportunities for political awakening. If you witness any of these actions taking place, please reach out to an event facilitator.

Respect confidentiality. What’s said here stays here, what’s learned here leaves here. Folks who prefer not to have their photo/ video taken may notify the event facilitators.

Violence in any form (physical, sexual, verbal, emotional) will not be tolerated in the space. Survivors will be prioritized. In the event of an incident, reach out to the event facilitators.

Appreciate being called in when your actions/words are challenged.

Call out the actions, call in the person. Practice reconciliation over disposability whenever possible and safe.

Respect each others identities and pronouns – ask, don’t assume. In the event of misgendering someone, apologize and move on.

Step up/step back -- speak your truth and listen when others speak theirs

One mic

Silence is ok!

Respect this land

Elmo: enough let’s move on

Respect the boundaries people set for safety

Trust your own work and each other**

Low ego, high impact**

*From BUFU Community Agreements
** adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategies: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
*** Audre Lorde Project Safe Party Toolkit

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