Open Call for Student Video Work #10

The Anderson is excited to issue Video Call #10, open to all current VCUarts student artists working with video and time based media, regardless of major! The theme for The Anderson’s Fall 2023 video call is Self-Portrait. Submissions of student video work will be reviewed by The Anderson’s curatorial team and projects will be selected based on strength of content and interpretation of theme. Selected projects will be curated into a reel that is projected on a wall outside The Anderson for a one-night event and will then be available on The Anderson’s Vimeo account, Swamp Sister Cinemas. Please see the link below for the submission form.


10/12 – Call opens
10/25 – Call closes
11/1 – Selected artists notified
11/9 – Night of screening + artist talk outside The Anderson, 6:30pm (*POSTPONED* to early spring semester; new date TBA)


Looking back into the history of fine arts, literature, philosophy, and spirituality unravels a rich tradition of the “self-portrait.” In contemporary history, the rise of film and video technology has catapulted us into an era marked by prolific image creation. In this landscape, what truly constitutes a self-portrait? How does the concept manifest within the realm of video art and film? Why do we persist in self-discovery?

All the works submitted should be a maximum of 5 minutes. You are welcome to submit a clip or part of a longer video project that is related to the theme as long as it fits within the duration requirement and makes sense as a standalone excerpt.

How To Submit:

Videos must be submitted in the form of a Vimeo link. To upload video files into Vimeo you must first create an account. Creating an account and uploading content are both free services. Please see the submission form for more details.


The limit of video duration for this call will be 5 minutes. Preference will be given to shorter work so that we can accommodate more work into the reel. Where possible, plan accordingly. And when in doubt, submit anyway! Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

Technical Considerations:

We request that the resolution of the videos be 3840 x 2160 size. Videos should be formatted as .mov or .mp4 files – we can’t promise that we’ll be able to support other file types. If you have any additional technical questions, feel free to reach out! And we’ll answer them as best we can. You can reach us at (Manavi Singh) and (Monica Kinsey).

Content Restrictions:

As with duration, there are no fixed or explicit guidelines for content. If it complies with Vimeo’s content guidelines then, in a broad sense, it likely complies with ours. With that said, the Anderson is a public and inclusive space and, where possible, we appreciate your efforts to keep it PG-13.


Poster designed by Bradley Sinanan.