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Film Classification X 2013 Information

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Official Press Release
Image Driven
SWAIA Welcomes the Filmmakers

SWAIA is now accepting submissions for Classification X: A Moving Images Awards Category for the 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market scheduled for August 12-18. SWAIA invites Native filmmakers to submit films into one of five Classification X Divisions: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short, Experimental Short, and Full Length Feature. Winners in each division will have their films screened at the Santa Fe Indian Market's film related events, and have the opportunity to compete for the coveted Best of Show Award.

Since its introduction, the film category has been a huge success. The 2013 competition is expected to attract Native filmmakers from all over the country once again.

The Santa Fe Indian Market Awards Program invites art experts and collectors to Santa Fe to judge more than 1,000 artist entries and distribute over $100,000 in prize money in numerous categories to SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market artists. Awards are given to recognize an artist's dedication and skill in working with traditional materials and techniques, as well as experimentation with new media and innovative art forms.

Moving Image Division Descriptions

Division A: Animation
Animation shorts are the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. Entries can only be of one story and must be no longer than 30 minutes. This can include Anime, Classic 2D, Rotoscoping, Stop Motion and flash animators.

Division B:Narrative Shorts
Short subject narrative moving images are non-commercial motion pictures that are no longer than 30 minutes. These tell a complete narrative story. It cannot be an excerpted story from a longer project unless the shorter edited version can stand on its own.

Division C: Music Video
A short music video from an original performance.

Division D: Documentary Shorts
A documentary short is a broad category of visual expressions that "document" reality in 30 minutes or less to include video and film.

Division E: Experimental
Experimental film or experimental cinema describes a range of filmmaking styles that are generally quite different from, and often opposed to "Avant-garde" is also used to describe this work, and "underground" has been used in the past, though it has also had other connotations. An "experimental film" is often characterized by the absence of linear narrative, the use of various abstracting techniques (out of focus, painting or scratching on film, rapid editing), the use of asynchronous (non-diegetic) sound or even the absence of any sound track.

Division F: Full Length Feature
Must be 60+ minutes in run time.


Download the 2013 Application Here!

Download the 2013 Youth Application Here!