2015 Call for Submissions

Deadline December 12th, 2014.


Now in its third year, the Vector Festival is a four day event; featuring exhibitions, screenings, performances, workshops, and panels centred around experimental creative practices in digital games and new media. Until December 12, 2014, Team Vector invites you to submit to its festival programming. Vector 2015 will take place from February 19 to 22, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.

New Media Art is a diverse field characterized by a wide variety of creative practices, Team Vector is seeking work in experimental digital games and interactive experiences, which bridge critical connections to larger New Media Art practices. Accordingly, this open call invites submissions from artists working in many different contexts and media. For Vector 2015, we are seeking works that critically address the politics, technologies, representations, and aesthetics of video games, computation and technology. Artists at all stages of their creative careers – from emerging to established – are encouraged to submit their work.

Works for Film/ Video Screenings.

For this program, we are looking for work that experiments with the concept of machinima to produce engaging films and videos. Machinima is a moving image art form that involves repurposing computer graphics from video games in the creation of new cinematic works. Although early machinima was gamer-oriented, it has since been used to create a new form of video art that combines hacker aesthetics with found footage practices. Machinima has also been used by artists to critique and comment upon video game culture, alienation in contemporary culture, death, and many other themes.

The submitted work should make use of videos game footage or video game engines in some capacity. Narrative as well as experimental non-narrative work will be considered, but the narrative work should push the boundaries of traditional/classical storytelling in some capacity. Due to programming restrictions we are looking for work under 20 minutes, however, please contact us if you have made a longer work and and feel that it fits our mandate.

Artists in all stages of their creative careers – from emerging to established – are encouraged to submit their work.

How to Submit.

** All submissions must include an attached copy of the Vector Submission Form, as well as samples of the work being submitted.

** Do not send original artworks; copies or documentation only.

** Photographic documentation of other works should be limited to no more than 10 images.

** Links to samples of the work are acceptable.

** All submissions must be sent to (vectorgameartfest[at]gmail[dot]com) with the subject heading “VECTOR SUBMISSION – Works for Exhibition”

** Please consolidate all files into a .zip folder titled ‘vector2015_yourname’.

** All submissions must be received before 5pm on December 12, 2014. Final Programming announcements and acceptance letters will be sent out by January 5, 2015.Call