CVM's Call for Work: Abstract and Experimental Moving Images (Fall 2006)


Center for Visual Music (CVM) invites submissions of specific abstract and experimental film/video/digital moving image work for consideration for a major Hollywood Feature Film.

CVM is consulting for a major motion picture project which will include segments of abstract and experimental film. We are seeking imagery of the following kinds (please note, these are different categories, your work does not have to qualify in ALL of these categories, one is sufficient).

a) Abstract, non-representational work with mysterious, suggestive elements
b) Experimental or abstract work suggesting organic processes
c) Abstract, non-representational imagery that metaphorically suggests molecular, subatomic, natural and/or cosmological processes and phenomena
d) Spiritually-inspired abstract imagery, such as that which is inspired by Buddhist or Taoist beliefs or using sacred imagery
e) Abstract Visualizations of music in which the visuals have an organic, mysterious, spiritual or suggestive element

Work which is not entirely abstract or experimental yet incorporates some of the above elements may also be submitted. Cameraless work is very welcome. It is not necessary for the work to be Visual Music, though we encourage this type of work also. Work may be created on film, video or digitally; there is no format limitation other than it must be moving image work. Works in progress are also welcome for submission (please provide relevant details). Work selected for the final motion picture will be reformatted as necessary. Older work will also be considered, there are no 'date of completion' limitations, and no running time limitations.

In some cases, works selected for the motion picture may be licensed as excerpts (not necessarily the entire film), and imagery may also possibly be licensed as visuals only, without its original music. (Therefore, if you haven't cleared your music, this is not a requirement). Licensing of excerpts is subject to artist's permission.

There is no submission fee. Artists are encouraged to submit for this preliminary call, by the DEADLINE OF NOVEMBER 13, 2006. (Note, work is viewed in the order received). Another call for submissions may occur after this, depending on materials received. For those works selected to be licensed for the film, the artists will receive payment and their names will be included in the credits of the motion picture. If your work is selected, you will be contacted regarding licensing, permissions and master material. Artists may be contacted directly by the motion picture production company.


Work must be submitted on DVD (NTSC or PAL, region 1 or region-free), or VHS (NTSC). If your work is only available for viewing on a film format and you'd like to submit, please contact us in advance at Cvmaccess (at)

Please do not submit through urls, as we are unable to sufficiently judge the quality of your work through a url.


Filmmaker's Name and Full Contact Info (email, mailing address, telephone, your website address if you have one).
Please label each DVD or tape and its case with Filmmaker's name, title of work(s) and contact info; for DVDs, please indicate whether NTSC or PAL.


Please include Title, running time, year completed, sound or silent, brief synopsis (if available), and a note re its original format of creation, and formats of availability (for example, 16mm, Digibeta, Beta SP, DVCam, MiniDV, DVD, QuickTime or file formats, HDcam, D-5, etc).

For Video formats, please indicate NTSC or PAL
You may also include artist's bio and other descriptive materials, though these are not required.


Center for Visual Music
Attn: Film Project Submissions
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Due to volume of submissions, we are unable to return DVDs and vhs tapes.

About CVM: Center for Visual Music is a nonprofit archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and avant-garde media. CVM's programs include preservation, exhibition, research and distribution. CVM recently produced the new Oskar Fischinger: Ten Films DVD, and Jordan Belson's new film Epilogue (2005). CVM has consulted on projects including the 2005 Hirshhorn/Smithsonian and MOCA LA Visual Music exhibition. Films/videos from CVM's collections have screened at venues worldwide including Lincoln Center (New York), MOCA LA, Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Louvre, Tate (UK), British Film Institute, International Film Festival Rotterdam, UCLA, Guggenheim Museum (New York), LACMA, Redcat Theatre (Los Angeles), Pacific Film Archive, Kunsthalle Zurich, Los Angeles Film Forum, ZKM Karlsruhe, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cinematheque Quebecoise, George Eastman House (NY), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt, Hammer Museum (LA), and other festivals and venues worldwide.

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