September 26, 2017

CROSSROADS 2018 Deadline Extended to January 20!

Pictured above: Last Train by Diana Barrie—screened CROSSROADS 2017



CROSSROADS 2017 Trailer from San Francisco Cinematheque on Vimeo.

No longer the young upstart, CROSSROADS has established itself as one of North America’s major showcases for avant-garde and experimental film, video and multimedia work. — Michael Sicinski, UZAK 27

CROSSROADS push[es] together the outer limits of narrative logic, experimental abstraction, and documentary… an essential festival for contemporary moving-image art. — James Hansen, The Brooklyn Rail


June 2018
Presented by
San Francisco Cinematheque
in partnership with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
festival program announcement: late March 2018

Founded by filmmaker Bruce Baillie in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque is the Bay Area’s premier venue for avant-garde/experimentalunderground and personally expressive film, video and performance work. In its steadfast dedication to exhibiting works of aesthetically radical cinema from all historical eras and geo-political locales, Cinematheque cultivates the international field of artist-made cinema, inspiring aesthetic dialog and critical discourse and encouraging appreciation across the broader cultural landscape.

Cinematheque seeks submissions of recent non-commercial, artist-made films, videos and works of performance cinema for CROSSROADS 2018, the ninth manifestation of our annual film festival to be held June 2018 (date to be determined) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Preference is for works with a completion date of January 1, 2014 or later but all submitted works will be considered.
One online submission form entry must be received for each work submitted.  

• Late Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017 ($25 per entry)
• DEADLINE EXTENDED—Late Submission Deadline: January 20, 2018
• Payment via PayPal or check/money order is accepted. Checks (payable to San Francisco Cinematheque) can be mailed to:
• PLEASE NOTE: Cinematheque pays competitive rental fees for all works screened at CROSSROADS.

San Francisco Cinematheque
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco CA 94102 USA

NOTE: Fees are waived for Cinematheque members. Become a member and save!

• CROSSROADS 2018 is able to screen work in the following film/video formats: 8mmSuper-8mm16mm35mmQuickTime ProRes, Blu-ray and DCP.
• We also seek submissions of multimedia performancemulti-projector worksmoving-image art installations and other para-cinematic forms.
Please contact festival@sfcinematheque.org with inquiries concerning additional exhibition formats or for more information.

• Entries are accepted in the form of streaming online video (preferred) or on DVD/Blu-ray. Please contact festival@sfcinematheque.org with inquiries about additional submission formats.
• DVD/Blu-ray submissions must be clearly labeled with film title, filmmaker name(s) and contact email address.
• Please include a pre-paid, SASE with your submission if you would like submitted preview media to be returned.
NOTE: Submission via streaming online video is preferred.

For physical submission of materials, please complete an online entry form for each work submitted. Mail media to:

San Francisco Cinematheque
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco CA 94102 USA

• All entrants will be sent a receipt of submission(s) via email.
• Festival participants will be notified via email by March 31, 2018.

Films selected for CROSSROADS 2018 will be announced in early April, 2018.
If your work is selected, we will contact you by email by the end of March 2018. You will be asked to provide the following:
1. Exhibition copy of your work (film or digital video) to be delivered to Cinematheque no later than May 1, 2018.
2. 125-word artist bio.
3. A minimum of one digital image representing your work (preferred format: TIFF still image at 300 dpi or better) for publicity use.

PLEASE NOTE: Cinematheque pays competitive rental fees for all works screened at CROSSROADS.
All exhibition media will be returned (at the expense of Cinematheque) at the conclusion of the festival.

Questions? Please contact CROSSROADS at festival@sfcinematheque.org.

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NOTE that all festival entries are waived for Cinematheque members.
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