The MadCat Women’s International Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 9th annual Festival. MadCat seeks provocative and visionary films and videos directed or co-directed by women. The Festival is committed to showcasing women directors from around the globe who challenge the use of sound and image and explore notions of visual story telling. MadCat screens works of ALL lengths and genres, about any topic and that are produced ANY year. MadCat sets itself apart from other women’s festivals by curating its programs thematically and thus accepting a range of films about many different issues. MadCat is also committed to finding the most diverse group of filmmakers possible and is doing extensive outreach to international filmmakers and filmmakers of color.
“At MadCat you too can be treated year after year with Ariella Ben-Dov’s exceptional curatorial savvy, dedication, intelligent cultural contributions.” – Frances Nkara, Independent Filmmaker
Past Filmmakers Include: Christina Battle, Patty Chang, Frédérique Devaux, Valie Export, Beatriz Flores, Su Friedrich, Shumona Goel, Jacqueline Goss, Sharon Greytak, Sarah Jane Lapp, Marie Losier, Yoko Ono, Jong Lim Ro, Carolee Schneemann, Phoebe Tooke, Jane Wong and the list goes on!
MadCat entry forms are now available at
http://madcatfilmfestival.org/submissions.html as a word document and a PDF.
MadCat Film Festival
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE:
March 25, 2005.
LATE BIRD DEADLINE:
May 13, 2005.
VHS 1/2″ NTSC or PAL; DVD formats.
35mm, 16mm, Super8, Beta SP, Mini DV, VHS.
For an entry form go to www.madcatfilmfestival.org
Entry Fee: $10-30 Sliding Scale. Pay what you can afford. No submission fee for international entrants!
MadCat’s annual Festival takes place throughout the month of September at select San Francisco, Bay Area locations. Each Spring MadCat tours throughout the US to Art Houses, Museums and Universities. MadCat is currently touring with the following programs:
1) THE EXPERIMENTALISTS – Directors manipulate the medium and share visual delights in this series of gorgeous 16mm contemporary avant-garde films.
2) THE TRUTH of the MATTER – Using animation, documentary and experimental filmmaking this series reveals how these artists question their governments and challenge their actions. This program can be provided on one mini-dv
Please email us to book the shows or to find out the tour line-up! email@example.com
PRAISE FOR MADCAT WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
MadCat Film Festival selected as one of the “101 Reasons Why We Love the Bay Area.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“The MadCat filmgoing experience crosses between a history lesson, a technical showcase, and a panorama of contemporary film. It has the feeling of a much older festival, one with an established direction and a stable
mission. The festival devotes its resources to programming instead of panels, workshops, and parties. The cineaste nature of the MadCat, where the most important space is the screen, creates a low-key environment. Shaped by
Ben-Dov’s commitment to showing the best work she can find, regardless of age, nationality, or genre, MadCat consistently presents historically and culturally relevant programming.” – The Independent Film and Video Monthly
“Ben-Dov curates inspired programs that combine both historical (and historically neglected) films and new works by women.” – The Independent Film and Video Monthly
“At MadCat, being avant-garde is just as important as being female.”- San Francisco Chronicle
“Refreshingly unique!” – Film/Tape World
“MadCat brings a down-home approach to screening with outdoor venues, barbeques and live musical accompaniment.” – Film/Tape World
“Best Film Festival [That Still Caters to the Underground] You probably won’t discover the next big commercial thing at the MadCat International Women’s Film Festival. For those of you looking for that kind of relief,
MadCat delivers. The films are top-notch; they’re so creative, in fact, that you wonder why all movies aren’t made for the art of it. Offering content that only women can provide, MadCat takes the show on the road each year,
but Ariella Ben-Dov started it all in San Francisco.” – SF Bay Guardian
This is excellent work. The programming is elegantly unpredictable in the best of ways. – Rick Prelinger, Prelinger Archives
“MadCat isn’t just a women’s film festival – it’s an arty showcase of avant-garde experimental shorts that veer far from the traditional modes of storytelling.” – Seattle Weekly
“I’ve rarely ever seen a festival that is as engaging or as well put together as MadCat.” – Festival goer
“As a genre, as a space for talking about, documenting, dramatizing, and inventing ourselves on camera, women’s filmmaking can only grow and improve through ambitious events like MadCat. MadCat gets a big, big hand for
insight, excellence, attitude, and chic.” – Art Papers
Thank our lucky stars that we live in San Francisco-home of the MadCat Film Festival. It is chock-a-block with provocative and artistic films and videos made by women.” – SF Reader
“Both the festivals content and concept are radical in a manicured film landscape where only those marginal makers working in standard formats and digestible genres can get past the groundskeepers.” – Susan Gerhard, SF
“I saw notices for MadCat in The Independent, Afterimage, and Release Print and thought, right on! This is the revolution.” – Barbara Hammer, award-winning filmmaker
“MadCat screens some of the best experimental programming I’ve ever seen!” – Festival goer
“Female filmmakers have evolved, based on the stellar slate highlighted at the sixth annual MadCat Women’s International Film Festival, where post-feminism morphs into profound humanism. This is an exciting time for
women filmmakers, and for all moviegoers.” – SF Weekly
“The MadCat Film Festival tests, expands, and evolves the traditional, politically motivated, 20th Century definition of ‘the women’s filmfestival.’” – The Independent Film and Video Monthly
MadCat Women’s International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA
Phone: 415 436-9523
Fax: 415 934-0642