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Each year during Black History Month, we collectively discuss past experiences and contributions of African-Americans, but Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance’s “What Does the Future Look Like?” programming focuses on our futures through a distinctly speculative fiction lens. We are encouraging black filmmakers in the Midwest to show us their interpretations of what the future looks like for black people.

Afrofuturism is a “literary, artistic and cultural trend that combines elements of science fiction and fantasy with new technology to analyze and critique the historical and present day dilemmas of ethnic minorities.” While Afrofuturistic art conveys the fantasies of the future, it also seeks to connect people of the Diaspora to the narratives and aesthetics of our African heritage. Our “What Does the Future Look Like?” programming asks filmmakers to examine these threads of connectivity to produce forward-looking art that stimulates thought around how African-Americans will be represented in the future.
DURATION: Films shall not be more than five (5) minutes (300 seconds), including the beginning and end credits. The minimum length should be 1 minute, including credits.
The film should be submitted to midwestbsfa@gmail.com by February 10,  2019 (films previously shot on the subject can be submitted).
The entries may be in another language but must have English subtitles.
The entries can also be short digitally animated films on the topic.
No documentaries, please.
FORMAT: The films may be shot in MPEG4 or AVI format. The recommended ratios are: 16:9 / 16:9 Full Height Anamorphic – in DV / HDV.
Links to the entries must remain active and accessible through October 30, 2019.
Please verify that your link is working properly before submitting.
RIGHT TO SCREEN: The participants grant the organizers (the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance) the non-exclusive rights to screen (non-commercial) their film / entry on their respective websites, at “What Does the Future Look Like?” events and other associated events.
COPYRIGHT: The film must not contain any copyrighted work(s) belonging to third parties unless (1) participants have a license to use such works in the film; or (2) the use participants’ film makes of such works is a fair one under the copyright laws. Participants will retain any licenses and provide them to organizers upon request.
THE GENERAL TERMS OF PARTICIPATION: The entry should be submitted by the participant who may be the rights holder of the film or the person authorized to participate in the contest and accept the terms and conditions. For the purposes of this event and subsequent distribution of the participating film any related events, the participant hereby confirms that he/she/it has the necessary rights to submit the entry and accept the terms.
Only two persons who submit the entry will be considered as the “participants.” All communications from our end will only be to the participants.
The participants agree that the organizers shall not be held responsible for any unauthorized use of the content by any third-party and Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance does not guarantee the posting of any content.
Submissions will be screened at our “What Does the Future Look Like?” program on the afternoon of February 23! 

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