Optic Nerve Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions

Screw big-budget superhero movies. Forget bland rom-coms. Fairy tale remakes and vampire epics? Yawn.

If you want truly original film this summer, it looks like you're going to have to make it yourself.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is once again giving you the perfect excuse to dive into that freaky experimental film project you've been considering. It's now accepting submissions for the 14th annual Optic Nerve film festival, a contest welcoming video of the high art variety that's helped to launch the careers of some of South Florida's most recognizable creatives.

Before she was standing alongside Uncle Luke at Sundance, Jillian Mayer's now-famous film I Am Your Grandma screened as part of Optic Nerve in 2011. That same year, Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares contributed Job Creation in a Bad Economy, their strangely joyful series of clips in which the two turn themselves in to human wrecking balls knocking down walls of books.

Other notable entries included remakes of the shower scene in Psycho; the Stepford Wives-esque tale of a woman's life falling apart; and an ethnically diverse crowd of people, barking. It's safe to say no idea is too bizarre for Optic Nerve, if it's done artfully.

The entry fee for early submissions is $10 per entry; after July 15, that fee goes up to $20 per entry. The final cut-off date to submit work is July 29. Films selected by MOCA's jury of film and art professionals will screen at the Optic Nerve festival on Sept. 14. One of the chosen films will be purchased for MOCA's permanent collection.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.

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