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Ars Independent Festival 2019 will be the 9th multimedia festival of film, animation, video games and music videos. The upcoming edition will take place in Katowice, between the 24th and 29th of September 2019.

The festival is searching for what’s cool in young, debuting, contemporary audio-visual culture. It’s not afraid to watch videos with 27 views on YouTube, it’s missing the “least popular” sorting option on itch.io and considers Festival Scope Pro decidedly “too mainstream”.

The heart of the festival are four international competitions, in which the audience decides about the awarding of prizes. The Black Horse of Film (feature films from all over the world) and the Black Horse of Animation (short features) present the cinematographic debuts by directors from the entire world, often as their Polish premieres. The Black Horse of Video Games and the Black Horse of Music Video are devoted to new games and music videos.

Additionally, every year festivalgoers are treated to: screenings of films, animations and music videos, video game exhibitions, virtual reality and new technologies, discussion panels and Q&As with artists, concerts, live acts and musical afterparties.

In previous years, the festival hosted a variety of artists from all over the world, including Béla Tarr, Nina Menkes, Phil Mulloy, Laila Pakalnina, Bruce LaBruce, Tami Tamaki, Stephen „M.O.O.N.” Gilarde, Jakuba Dvorský, Mariola Brillowska, Piotr Dumała, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Bodo Kox, Łukasz Barczyk, Sos Sosowski, Wiktor Stribog and Władysław Komendarek.

The event is organized by the culture institution Katowice the City of Gardens and the City of Katowice.

>>> We Are Calling For Entries! <<<


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Call for Entries for Ars Independent 2019

We still have a year to the next edition of the multimedia festival Ars Independent, but as of today, films, animations, music videos and video games can be submitted for the Black Horse competitions. This year’s call for entries ends on April 26th.

Ars Independent 2019 will take place between September 24th and 29th in Katowice. AS every year, the festival is searching for what’s cool in young, debuting, contemporary audio-visual culture. It’s not afraid to watch videos with 27 views on YouTube, it’s missing the “least popular” sorting option on itch.io and considers Festival Scope Pro decidedly “too mainstream.” Over 6 autumn days we will experience: screenings of films, animations and music videos, video game, VR and new technologies exhibitions, concerts and interdisciplinary performances. In first programme reveals will arrive in May – at the same time, pre-orders for festival passes will begin.

At the heart of the event are four international competitions for new works (2018/2019). In the Black Horse of Film, directors of feature films will compete. Short animations will clash in the Black Horse of Animation. The Black Horse of Video Games and the Black Horse of Music Videos are dedicated to authors of new games and music videos.

In all fields, the creators compete for the title and statue of the Black Horse as well as a monetary prize of 500 euros, awarded by the festival audience.

“It’s not ashamed of its mistakes, has the courage to tackle hard and unobvious topics. It knows, that it’s not for everyone and it seems that this is what makes it the dark horse among festivals. Let’s hope it will still gallop bravely, because we’re already reserving a week in September 2019. And you?” wrote Agnieszka Karpiel in a feature after the festival for “Reflektor.”

The nominees will be announced on August 26th alongside the festival’s full programme.

Rules and regulations as well as entry forms can be found at: arsindependent.pl.

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