(Editor's note: The following is a press release from the Akron Film & Pixel)
Akron Film+Pixel announces a full schedule of contests, film screenings and events for late Summer and early fall 2012. Please see below for details about three new upcoming events.
Secrets of Science Animation Contest
Orientation: Aug. 12
Screening Event: Aug. 30
Akron Film+Pixel invites Northeast Ohio artists to create a short animated movie that re-imagines how a given technology or natural phenomenon works in the new filmmaking competition “Secrets of Science.” The resulting films will be exhibited and a winner selected Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum.
“We anticipate entries from experienced animators and from people trying animation for the first time,” said Akron Film+Pixel Executive Director Steve Felix. “There are charming low-tech ways to animate, like with cutouts or LEGO pieces. And since all entries are screened at a fun event at the Akron Art Museum, everyone gets something out of the contest.”
Orientation and Rules
Each animator or team will randomly be assigned a technology or a natural phenomenon at an orientation Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m. in the Akron Art Museum’s Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. They will then have two weeks to write and produce an animated short film that either a) tells a true or fictional story of its invention or discovery or b) provides a true or fictional story explaining how it works.
The animated piece must be under five minutes in length and can use any method of animation including computer animation, digital stills, clay, hand-drawn and more. The final project must be delivered by Aug. 26 at 11:59 p.m. as a file using the Akron Film+Pixel FTP server or a hosting service such as Dropbox.
Registration is required and open to the public. Participants must sign up by visiting www.akronfilm.com. Registration is $20 per group with no limit on group size. The orientation is encouraged but not required.
Attending the Screening
All entries will be screened at a free event on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Akron Art Museum’s Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. Each movie will be viewed by an independent panel of reviewers, who will select a winning entry to receive $250 and a repeat screening at Night of the Freakishly Short Animation Festival Oct. 25 at the Akron Art Museum.
Akron Musicians create original score for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Screening Event: Aug. 16
Eighteen groups of Akron-area musicians wrote and recorded music for separate scenes from the classic silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for a special collaborative project titled “The Collective Soundtrack.”
Each musician, team and/or band randomly drew a different 3- to 5-minute section from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at an orientation July 29. They were then given two weeks to write and record their musical segment. The resulting film with its new soundtrack will be exhibited as a free, public event Aug. 16 at the Akron Art Museum.
Open call for submissions for Akron Film+Pixel Night
Submission deadline: Aug. 31
Event: Sept. 13
Akron Film+Pixel is seeking submissions for “Akron Film+Pixel Night,” an evening of local and international short films and independent videogames that will take place at the Akron Art Museum and Summit Artspace Sept. 13.
All submissions must have been made in 2011 or 2012. Entries can be made via online screener or DVD/Blu- ray screener by visiting www.akronfilm.com and clicking the “Submit” link. The deadline for entries is Aug. 31. Full terms and conditions may be found at www.akronfilm.com.