The Altered Esthetics (Ae) Film Festival has been championing avant-garde and experimental filmmaking since 2014. We showcase and support filmmakers who explore the art of the moving image including works that represent experimental narratives, genre-expanding documentary, contemporary art practices, and avant-garde poetics. We screen short film and video works that stretch the notion of what the moving image is and can be. The 2019 Ae Film Festival will take place August 28th and 29th at Minneapolis' Trylon Cinema. The Trylon is known for showing unique film selections and features newly remodeled, accessible spaces and seating.
We are entering our 6th season with our new Festival Director, Molly Parker Stuart, at the helm. As an interdisciplinary and film artist, she has been featured in several Ae exhibitions and was awarded a Featured Artist Award at our 2017 Film Festival. Maret Polzine has also joined our team as Assistant Festival Director. They have screened work with Ae previously including at our 2018 festival where they won an Audience Award. Under our new leadership, we look forward to continuing and growing our festival to include partnerships with local artist communities and organizations to foster diverse and inclusive practices within the experimental film community.
Ae puts artists first. We are proud to offer affordable submission fees, waivers, and cash awards to participating filmmakers, performers, and musicians. Each year, approximately 80% of our submissions come through one of our free-to-submit programs which are offered to all Minnesota-based artists as well as any artist facing financial or political difficulties. Our waiver program has assisted filmmakers from the United States, Brazil, Vietnam, and Iran who are facing such barriers. These artists would not be able to participate in the the experimental film community without our support.
Last year, we were awarded a Community Arts grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to produce a series of microcinemas which allowed us to share our artists’ work with expanded audiences. These community events screened short films for new viewers including many who had never seen an experimental film program before. This grant also allowed us to pay each of our participating artists. Within the traditional system, filmmakers only get paid through winning awards. We believe that any filmmaker who is showing work should be paid for their labor and we are working to establish this standard.
We have great plans for the future of the Ae Film Festival but cannot accomplish these goals without your help. Today, we are asking you to help us fund the 2019 Film Festival. Altered Esthetics is a 501(c)3 nonprofit run by a volunteer board of directors. 100% of your tax-deductible gift to Ae goes directly to the festival’s operating costs and paying participating artists. Please consider making a donation of any amount to support the future of experimental film in the Twin Cities and beyond!
Here is a breakdown of our $1110 minimum budget:
- $640 - Theater rental
- $250 - Cash stipends for the winning filmmakers
- $170 - Award laurels for the winning filmmakers
- $50 - Printing programs and promotional materials
Risks and challenges
Our base fundraising goal has been set to cover the essentials involved in running the Film Festival. Upon reaching our goal, we will be able to rent theater space, deliver prizes to award winners, and pay for basic operations.
If we surpass this goal, plans are in place for using additional funds to compensate artists and jurors as well as expanding our programming. Here are our reach goals and what those amounts will cover:
Reach 1- $1860 will allow us to run the festival and compensate all selected filmmakers screened at the festival.
Reach 2- $2810 will allow us to cover Reach 1 goals and pay judges for their time and effort in selecting the award winning films.
Reach 3 - $3810 will allow us to cover Reach 2 goals and fund an additional microcinema in the Twin Cities.
If the base goal is not met, we will reduce programming to create a smaller festival.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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