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Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers names Screening Partners

South Arts has announced the 24 Screening Partners participating in the 2018-19 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, and will host a convening in Atlanta May 18-19 to curate the upcoming season. Together, the Screening Partner venues will discuss which films and filmmakers to invite on tour to their communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Screening Partners include:

  • a/perture (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
  • Arts Council of Central Louisiana (Alexandria, La.)
  • Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • City of Hapeville (Hapeville, Ga.)
  • Clayton Center for the Arts/Maryville College (Maryville, Tenn.)
  • East Tennessee State University/Mary B. Martin School of the Arts (Johnson City, Tenn.)
  • Fuquay-Varina Arts Center (FuquayVarina, N.C.)
  • Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Ga.)
  • Global Education Center (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, Ala.)
  • The Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Inc. (Augusta, Ga.)
  • North Central Louisiana Arts Council (Ruston, La.)
  • Ocala Film Foundation (Ocala, Fla.)
  • Oxford College of Emory University (Oxford, Ga.)
  • Presbyterian College (Clinton, S.C.)
  • South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Cutler Bay, Fla.)
  • Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (Bowling Green, Ky.)
  • The Tennessee Valley Art Association (Tuscumbia, Ala.)
  • Tropic Cinema/Key West Film Society (Key West, Fla.)
  • Troy University (Troy, Ala.)
  • Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA-Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (Athens, Ga.)
  • Union College (Barbourville, Ky.)
  • Union County Community Arts Council/Wingate University (Wingate, N.C.)
  • University of Tampa (Tampa, Fla.)
From September through April, each Screening Partner presents six films and filmmakers. Along with a screening of the film, the filmmakers are made available to the local community for workshops and discussions. The filmmakers also conduct a Q&A with audiences following the film screening to discuss the film, their subject, and their work. “Southern Circuit is all about connections and conversations,” explained Teresa Hollingsworth, senior program director with South Arts. “Not only do we want to make sure audiences across the region have access to current and vital independent films, but we provide opportunities to dive into challenging and necessary conversations.” At the convening, the 24 Screening Partners will discuss the slate of films and filmmakers who applied for consideration. They will explore which films would resonate most within their respective communities, and determine the 24 films and filmmakers that will be selected to tour. “The selection process is almost like a fantasy football draft,” laughed Hollingsworth. Films under consideration include feature-length animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative works created by independent filmmakers. Recent tours have included Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, Quest by Jonathan Olshefski, 78/52 by Alexandre O. Philippe, and Donald Cried by Kris Avedisian. The selected films and screening dates for the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will be announced later this summer, and can be found on each of the Screening Partner website and www.southarts.org. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
About South Arts South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.

Screen your film, tour the South, get paid

South Arts is now accepting film submissions for consideration for the 2016-17 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Up to 18 films and filmmakers will tour the South for 10-12 days, screening their work and interacting with audiences. As the nation’s first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a multi-venue tour of the American South, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films. Southern Circuit works with screening partners to develop independent film audiences throughout the South. (Related: organizations can apply to be screening partners.) Southern Circuit is composed of three separate Circuits, each with six filmmakers (for a total of 18 filmmakers) who travel (by air and auto) to an estimated six to eight communities each throughout the Southeastern United States. The Circuit occurs September, October, November, February, March, and April. Filmmakers tour an estimated 10-12 days in one of those months. Selected as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s ’50 Film Festivals worth the Entry Fee, 2015,’ Southern Circuit brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Audiences have viewed over 300 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 100 Southern communities. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions, computers, tablets and phones and connects them with independent filmmakers – live! Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one. Early bird application deadline is Jan. 14; regular deadline is Feb. 29. Don't miss out on the opportunity to join the nation's original regional tour of indie films and filmmakers! Find the details online. Via: South Arts

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers seeks film submissions and screening partners

Filmmakers: Screen your film, tour the South, get paid. South Arts is now accepting film submissions for consideration in the 2015-16 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Up to 20 filmmakers will tour the South for one to three weeks, screening their work, interacting with audiences, and documenting the journey on the Southern Circuit blog. Don't miss out on this opportunity to join the nation's original regional tour of indie films and filmmakers! Filmmaker application deadline – Jan. 7, 2015 (early bird) | Feb. 28,2015 (regular) Screening Partners: South Arts is seeking Screening Partners to join the 2015-2016 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Each year, Screening Partners throughout the South host up to six independent films and filmmakers in their community for screenings of their work, audience engagement activities, and Q&As about the film. Screening Partner application deadline – Feb. 13, 2015 Find out how to apply on the South Arts website. Via: South Arts

Screen your film. Get paid. Join Southern Circuit!

As the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a tour of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films. South Arts is accepting submissions from filmmakers for the 2014-2015 tour.

  • Early Bird Deadline: December 31, 2013 $25
  • Regular Deadline: January 31, 2014 $30
  • Late Deadline: February 14, 2014 $35
Qualifying submissions are entered into an adjudication process with films reviewed by Southern Circuit programmers, film industry professionals and Southern Circuit screening partners. Check out the details and submit your film on the South Arts website. Via: South Arts

Don’t forget about these upcoming opportunities…

Here are some deadlines we shared earlier, and now that they're almost here, we want to be sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of them!

January 31:

  • The 2013-2014 Southern Circuit Tour provides independent filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a six-venue tour of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films. Read more >>

February 1:

  • The 4th annual Charleston Film Festival will review shorts and feature-length films from filmmakers from SC, NC and GA. Cash prizes of $2,500 will be awarded for best regional films; the Grand Prize includes a one-week exhibition at Terrace Theater. Read more >>

February 7:

  • The ArtFields festival juried competition has extended its deadline for new works (2- and 3-dimensional). Three emerging or established artists residing in the Southeastern states will receive career-changing cash prizes that honor their exceptional talents. Top Prize is $50,000 with People’s Choice and Juried Panel Winner prizes of $25,000 each. Read more >>

February 15:

  • South Arts is accepting applications for partner venues to host filmmakers and their work for the 2013-2014 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Read more >>

March 15:

  • Carolina’s Got Art! invites amateur and professional artists in South Carolina and North Carolina to enter its 2013 juried shows, with more than $15,000 in cash and prizes. Read more >>
  • The 12th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival. Objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Read more >>
 

Screen Southern Circuit indie films in your community

South Arts is now accepting applications for partner venues for the 2013-2014 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers! The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is the South's only tour of filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Launched in 1975, the tour has visited close to 100 communities across the Southern United States. In these communities, audiences have engaged with filmmakers in post-screening discussions of the subjects and themes portrayed in their works, and the art of filmmaking. For information about Southern Circuit and additional information on how to apply to be a Southern Circuit partner venue, visit the Southern Circuit website or contact Teresa Hollingsworth at thollingsworth@southarts.org. There is no fee for interested organizations to apply for the 2013-2014 Southern Circuit. Nonprofit applicant organizations must be located in one of the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee. The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on February 15, 2013. Applicants will be notified of their selection by February 22, 2013. via South Arts, Inc. Southern Circuit images

Call for New Indie Films

Are you a filmmaker ready to screen your work in front of new audiences? If so, apply today to be a part of the 2013 - 2014 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. As the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a six-venue tour of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films.The tour uses an intimate context to connect audiences with filmmakers and films they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see. Films, including animation, documentaries, experimental and narrative work, can be submitted for consideration for the Circuit. The application deadline is Thursday, January 31, 2013. For more information and program guidelines, visit the Southern Circuit website or contact Teresa Hollingsworth at thollingsworth@southarts.org. Via: South Arts