Ends on April 1, 2019

Call for Entries

Exhibition of Short Video Animations

DEADLINE: Monday, April 1, 2019

To be hosted on the large outdoor LED screen located at the intersection of Charles & Lanvale Streets, Animations on the Big Screen is an exhibition of time-based digital content. For at least two hours of each day of Artscape, Animations on the Big Screen will be a curated program of looped video and time-based media content that explores the range and diversity of traditional and experimental forms of animated short films.  

Submitted artworks:

  • Should be no longer than 8 minutes in length.
  • May contain a sound component, but should be enjoyable with or without that element.
  • Should be sensitive to the family-friendly nature of Artscape; the festival attracts an extremely large and diverse audience of all age ranges, including young children.  Content that is explicit, discriminatory or of a violent nature will not be accepted. 
  • Must be the original content of the applying artist.

There are no geographic or age restrictions for participation in Animations on the Big Screen, artists of all age ranges working everywhere are encouraged to apply.  Applications will be accepted that include already existing work and proposals for new work.

Animations on the Big Screenis a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA).  Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.


Artwork included in Animations on the Big Screenwill be curated by filmmaker Corrie Francis Parks.  Parks is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she teaches Animation. Parks specializes in sand animation and other esoteric animation techniques. Her work maintains an organic connection to natural materials and traditional production methods while fully integrating digital technology. In 2016, Parks’ book Fluid Frames: Experimental Animation with Sand, Clay, Paint, and Pixels was published.  And, her award winning films have been included in festivals on every continent except Antartica.

After making her first short film at a CalArts animation summer camp, Parks pursued her independent filmmaking interests at Dartmouth College and honed them further at the University of Southern California where she received her MFA.  Prior to joining the faculty at UMBC, Parks was a freelance animator working with many high-profile clients, and was a Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand.  


1.  There are no geographic or age restrictions for application; artists of all age ranges from everywhere are encouraged to apply.

2.   Following selection of the films for exhibit, Artscape will be working with a video editor to program the selections into the required exhibition format.  No changes will be made to the files submitted by the artist; however, a title frame will be added between each film selected to appropriately identify and credit the artist and their work.  Artists may be required to provide higher resolution video files that allow for large-scale exhibition.

3.  Artists maintain the copyright on submitted artworks, but grant BOPA and Artscape the right to reproduce images of selected artwork for printed or internet publicity, catalogue, map or marketing purposes.

4.  Commercial films that advertise a product or service will not be accepted.

5.  By submitting an application, you agree to and accept application requirements and guidelines. This includes the rights to exhibit in public the digital content submitted, to a large general audience. Artists also agree that their work will be promoted through official Light City social media channels. Artists should be aware that due to the public nature of this exhibition, the audience is likely to capture their experiences with the work and share it within their own social networks.

6.  Artscape is a family friendly event and draws audiences of all age ranges, including young children.  Please keep this in mind when submitting works.

Application Materials to Prepare

1.  Applicants should include up to 3 videos (.mov or .mp4) for consideration to be included in the exhibition.  Application videos or sound based works should not exceed approximately 250MB.

2.  Artwork List that includes title, date, animation type, and length.

3.  Optional proposal of new works for this exhibition. This can be as simple as a few sentences or a rendering that describe the new animation that is not yet finished.

4.  Artist Resume, CV and/or Artist Statement (.doc or .pdf format)

Estimated Timeline

Application Deadline: Monday, April 1,  2019

Artist Notification: Mid-April, 2019

Exhibition Dates & Times: July 19 – 21, 2019; time TBD

Artscape: Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20 from 11am - 9pm; Sunday, July 21 from 11am – 9pm

Artscape After Hours returns on Friday and Saturday nights on Charles Street (from Preston Street to North Avenue) from 9-11pm. Artscape takes place rain or shine. 

For more information on Animations on the Big Screen, please contact Kim Domanski at 443-286-2043 or kdomanski@promotionandarts.com.