19 May 2011

Animate OPEN: Digitalis

Image: Digitalis © Sebastian Buerkner

Animate OPEN: Digitalis
A fresh open for experiments in animation

Animate Projects - the champion of experimental animation – announces a call for its first online exhibition to be selected from an open submission.
The Animate OPEN is part of Digitalis, a strand of activities throughout 2011 that sets out to explore, question, subvert or confound our expectations of art and the ‘digital’. And that includes ‘anti-digital’ - handmade, physically crafted animation.

Call for submissions deadline: 20 June 2011
Exhibition online: from July 2011
Jury Prize: £1000
Audience Prize: £300
Guidelines: animateprojects.org/opportunities
Entry: free of charge

For the Animate OPEN, Animate Projects is looking for experimental works by UK based artists, animators and filmmakers. The selected films will be presented online at animateprojects.org, from July 2011, accompanied by interviews with the artists. The films will also be featured in the Digitalis publication and at Digitalis events later in the year. Gary Thomas, Director of Animate Projects says: “We hope that the inaugural Animate OPEN will prove to be a platform bursting with experiment, to inspire and provoke discussions around creativity and the digital. And we are looking forward to discovering some awe inspiring stuff.”

The Animate OPEN Jury will select up to ten films for exhibition and there will be two cash prizes - one awarded by the Jury (£1000), and an Audience prize (£300) voted for by visitors to the exhibition.

The Jury members are Francesca Gavin, writer, curator and Visual Arts Editor at Dazed & Confused; Rebecca Shatwell, Director, AV Festival; Gary Thomas, Director, Animate Projects; and artist and music video director, David Wilson.

The Animate OPEN is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Submission guidelines

Deadline for submissions: 10am, Monday 20 June 2011

The Animate OPEN exhibition will be online from July at

Animate OPEN: Digitalis press release

If you have any further questions please email digitalis@animateproject.org