Ray of Hope

Ray of Hope

UK Asian Film Festival will be commemorating the centenary of Satyajit Ray in 2021. To mark this unique celebration of one of the greatest filmmakers, UKAFF are offering five emerging artists £1000 each to create 3min long digital films on the theme Ray of Hope. Ray of Hope should be inspired by Ray’s cinema, visually magnificent, rustic and natural, sensitive, joyous or yearnful music. The selected digital commissions will be presented at the 23rd UK Asian Film Festival between 4 and 14 March 2021.

To apply, please submit 1 example of your past work and a YouTube or Vimeo link to your 3min video pitch to [email protected] by Mon 18 May 2020 by 5pm GMT discussing:
• Your background/introduction
• Your idea / vision
• How you intend to make the work
• What should audiences feel when they watch your work

Criteria for selection is based on:
• Appropriateness of the theme
• A clear sense of purpose and integrity that has the potential to reach the highest artistic standards of practice
• Work that has the ability to interact and captivate audiences
• Innovation and diversity
• The lead artist has to be a UK based artist

Timeline:
• Sun 26 April: Artist surgery via Zoom for any questions that prospective artists have about their proposals
• Mon 11 May 2020, 5pm GMT: Deadline for submissions:
• Sat 23 / Sun 24 May 2020: Interviews with shortlisted artists via Zoom
• 5 June 2020: Announcement of selected commissions
• Mon 4 January 2021: Deadline to submit the finished film, synopsis and high-resolution image.
• Commissions will be presented between 4 and 14 March 2021 at the 23rd UK Asian Film Festival


Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria

• Does the applicant / project support at least one UK resident artist?
o If no, then ineligible
• Is the project of suitable size and ambition (is the idea achievable within the budget / the collective funds the artist is able to raise)?
o If no, then ineligible
• Will the final output be at digital film in mp4 format no longer than 3min?
o If no, then ineligible.


Quality criteria (score out of 5)

What is the previous track record of the artist? Does the supporting information indicate innovation and challenging artistic practice?
• 5: Excellent
• 4: Strong
• 3: Potential
• 2: Met
• 1: Not Met

Will the artist or the project strengthen diverse cultural artists in the mainstream?
• 5: Excellent
• 4: Strong
• 3: Potential
• 2: Met
• 1: Not met

Does the project explore the theme in a contemporary vision or reflect an issue faced by the UK Asian community?
• 5: Excellent
• 4: Strong
• 3: Potential
• 2: Met
• 1: Not met

Will the project engage with the UK Asian community?
• 5: Excellent
• 4: Strong
• 3: Potential
• 2: Met
• 1: Not met

Will the project engage with the wider UK community?
• 5: Excellent
• 4: Strong
• 3: Potential
• 2: Met
• 1: Not met

Will this artist / project leave a legacy e.g. does it have international reach?
• 5: Excellent
• 4: Strong
• 3: Potential
• 2: Met
• 1: Not met



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