Here at the Exhibitionist we comb through San Francisco's vast and vibrant arts scene daily to find the right mix of high brow, low brow, politically charged sound art, nihilist goldfish theater, and whatever's in between. But it's impossible to keep up with everything already out there, and for those with work to show, it's not always easy to find an entry point into the city's ever-growing art vortex. Aside from a lot of hard work and varying degrees of insanity, putting your work out there, whether for criticism, simply the experience of having an audience, or (for better or for worse) because Artists-with-a-capital-A must be discovered, is a necessary part of moving forward in the artistic process. With that in mind, here are a few wonderful outlets around the city with monthly open calls for art, film, literature, and performance.
Artists' Television Access is the only monthly open submissions screening in the Bay Area (also one of our top movie theater picks!). The venue screens short films for about an hour, anyone can submit, and the maximum length is a generous 15 minutes. They recommend submitting one to two weeks in advance by mail, but if you show up to the screening and there's still a slot, it's yours no matter what the content. The screenings present a great opportunity for local filmmakers and film enthusiasts to share feedback and foster collaboration.
The next Openscreening (refreshments provided!) starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 6. Admission is $5 or free for contributors.
Watch ATA's Openscreening trailer below: