Stitching Together & FilmGeographies collaboration: CALL FOR SHORT FILMS

The Stitching Together project brings together researchers, project commissioners, professional textile practitioners and enthusiast maker groups to open critical dialogue around research and practice using participatory textile making methods. FilmGeographies is an online screening platform and annual film festival that acts as forum for films made by geographers and about geography. We are joining forces to extend our shared interests in exploring innovative research methodologies, and in particular the use of film and video to document and present the making processes at the heart of participatory textile making activities.

  • Film and video can be used effectively to document making processes as part of a research journey.
  • Film and video convey a connection between place and the things people do, in a different way to text.
  • Film and video can be used to disseminate research findings.

Filmmaking allows us to visualise ideas, thoughts and hypotheses and to capture, frame and document process – but also to explore the affective, non-representational and performative, rendering visible what is often invisible. We are looking to showcase short films that evidence the interesting ways in which film and video can capture participatory textile making activities in context.

This call is intended to be a starting point from which to initiate discussion around the use of film and video in the research process; the ethics of representation; the practical knowledge, skills and equipment required; and the challenges and limitations of this approach.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Selected films will be shown at a Stitching Together network event in November 2020 and/or published on the FilmGeographies website.

Submitting a film

What: short films of up to 20 minutes that document and present participatory textile making activities, completed to include credits and subtitles (if required)

When: deadline extended to 30th October 2020

Please note the short deadline. In order to launch the initiative, we wish to gain a sense of work already undertaken. To this end we envisage that films submitted will either be completed or currently nearing completion.

How to submit: Please also submit the details of your film (including a 100-word summary) via this linkhttps://forms.gle/TgtWCvvzTZvgo4WF9 . We cannot accept links to streamed films. All submissions must be sent in best resolution available via a downloadable link (e.g. Vimeo) or sent via WeTransfer (under 2GB) or MyAirBridge(over 2GB) or similar, to the following email: stitchingtogethercall@filmgeographies.com

Note that the form requires you to confirm that you own the copyright to the film; that the film, if selected, can be published online via filmgeographies.com and screened at related Stitching Together and FilmGeographies events; and that selected images from the film can be used for promotional reasons, with appropriate credits, by Stitching Together and FilmGeographies.

For more information, or any queries, contact us via stitchingtogether@aub.ac.uk

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