Open Call For Film/video Artists: The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Announces Sight/Geist

Visual Arts



Submissions Accepted Here by February 20, 2023


Opening Reception of El Corazón Aúlla at The 8th Floor, New York.

September 29, 2022. Photos by Phillip Andrew Iglesias.

New York, NY – January 4, 2023 – The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is excited to announce Sight/Geist, a new open call screening series at The 8th Floor. The Foundation is seeking ambitious film/video work from NYC-based artists who identify as emerging, in addition to those self-trained, newly graduated, and currently in degree programs. Sight/Geist will highlight work that addresses the Foundation’s mission of art and social justice.

Applicants should consider the following submission eligibility requirements:

  • Works under 20 minutes in duration and made for single-channel projection.

  • Work can be in the realm of cinema, video art, or broader approaches to time-based media such as performance documentation.

  • While there is no specific theme for this open call, the Foundation will prioritize submissions with an experimental and/or pedagogical embrace of its mission.

  • Submissions from solo artists or duos/collectives are welcome, but the primary applicant must be at least 18 years old and identify as an NYC-based emerging artist.

  • Selected artists will be compensated in accordance with W.A.G.E. guidelines, and will present their work during a celebratory screening at The 8th Floor, near Union Square, NYC. Artists may be invited to engage in a conversation after their work is screened.

  • Non-English submissions are welcomed but must have English subtitles. Open captions and/or audio descriptions are encouraged for submitted works.

Submissions will be accepted until February 20 through this form. Only one submission per artist. Applicants will be notified of their status in March for the inaugural screening in Spring 2023.

About the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, sustainable communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grant-making, the Foundation supported cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need.

About The 8th Floor
The 8th Floor is an independent exhibition and event space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin to promote artistic and cultural initiatives. Inspired by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the gallery is committed to broadening the access and availability of art to New York audiences. Seeking further cultural exchange, The 8th Floor explores the potential of art as an instrument for social change in the 21st century, through an annual program of innovative contemporary art exhibitions and an events program comprised of performances, salon-style discussions, and those organized by external partners. 

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