[ARENA] Call for Submissions: Future Places 2009 -Digital Media and Local Cultures

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          Future Places 2009 Digital Media Festival

October 12 - 17, 2009   Porto, Portugal   www.futureplaces.org   Call for
Entries   Entry deadline: May 31, 2009

The FUTURE PLACES Festival is an international competition celebrating
digital media work. FUTURE PLACES explores the potential of Digital Media
when applied to specific cultural and social environments.

The festival features exhibitions, conferences, workshops, concerts,
performances and parties. We are interested in creative and new languages
for interactive and media expression, and their impact on local cultures,
society and public space.

We want to reach a generation of creators who are breaking conventions. We
are addressing this call to those who are blurring the lines not only
between disciplines, but also between the real and the virtual and between
the commercial, the artistic, and the academic arenas. Mainly, we want to
explore the impact of new technologies in "real life". How can new
technology build local communities, create new identities, new narratives,
and new forms of public interaction?

Workshops and conference panels will be facilitated by national and
international figures in Digital Media; names will be announced in May. The
Future Places website will be available by mid-March; the online submission
process will begin March 20.


First prize: 3000€

Second prize: 1000€

FUTURE PLACES recognizes the authors of the best works presented at the
festival with two cash prizes, and the opportunity to participate in a
three-month residential program at the University of Porto and/or at the
University of Texas at Austin. The winner will be offered airfare and three
months’ lodging at the residency site.


The submission of entries is open to all those who work in the Digital Media
field. No particular nationality or academic affiliation is required.


1) Projects in any media may be entered. The exhibition is content-based, so
submissions will be primarily evaluated for their suitability to the
Festival theme: The impact of Digital Media in Local Cultures.

2) Entries should refer to work produced between 2007 and 2009.

3) Any works currently in production may be submitted as rough cuts or
drafts. However, if selected, authors must provide work in final form by
September 25th, 2009. Works that have been selected but whose authors have
not sent work in their final form by September 25th will be excluded from
the festival. In the case of installations or performances, “final form”
refers to photos, illustrative of the project.

4) Every submission must include a detailed synopsis of the work (maximum
1000 words) as well as illustrative pictures and/ or video, when

5) Submissions must be made online at www.futureplaces.org, which will be
accepting entries from March 2009. Emails and postal deliveries will not be
considered. More instructions regarding submission of image, video and audio
entries will be available on the website.

6) Submissions sent after 11:59pm on May 31, Porto local time, will not be

7) A jury composed by three independent commissioners will select the final
projects that will be exhibited and will compete at the festival.

8) The decision of the judges is final.

9) Material submitted to the festival – even if not selected - will not be
returned to the author(s). Material not selected will not be used in any

10) The Future Places festival retains the right to display accepted
submissions, as well as photographs, sound recordings, and videos of
accepted submissions, both online and offline. These displays will be
non-commercial, and may be used to promote the festival and its

For more information about festival rules and policies, please see the
website www.futureplaces.org

Future Places 2009 Submission Schedule:

March 20: Submissions will be accepted at www.futureplaces.org

May 31: Submission deadline. All submissions made before the deadline will
be acknowledged via email.

August 15: Prospective festival entries are informed of acceptance or

September 25: All final supporting materials must be submitted.

For inquiries, please contact

Karen Gustafson: futureplaces.kgustafson  gmail.com

Fátima São Simão: fssimaofp09  gmail.com


Fátima São Simão

UTAustin I Portugal
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