THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2021 (#theartistsforumfilmfest) returns for its sixth year with new, innovative programming.
This year’s festival will showcase 44 shorts and introduce 6 feature length films for its first time, highlighting our 2021 Competition Theme: (THE) POLITICS OF EMOTION.
The 2021 Official Selections have been created by independent filmmakers originating from 16 countries: Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States.
Screenings for this year’s virtual festival will become available online at vimeo.com beginning October 22 – December 5, 2021.
THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 23rd year, is a New York City based non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists.
Its FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE is the organization’s flagship program, and provides an unparalleled platform for emerging and mid-career filmmakers to share their stories with the world’s creative, media, and film communities.
2021 FILM COMPETITION JUDGES
Ashley Gerst is a 2D and 3D animator living in Brooklyn NY. She holds a BFA in Digital Arts from Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Computer Art from School of Visual Arts. In addition to her professorial work at William Paterson, Ashley is a freelance animator working for clients such as AMC, Viacom, Fast Co., Hudson Media, and CBS.
Martha is an award winning animator, filmmaker and media artist, experimenting in digital animation and new media. Her work screens globally in festivals, galleries, on LED billboards, as outdoor projections and online. She has produced animation for more than 30 years and teaches digital cinema and animation at San Francisco State University.
A graduate of Ithaca College, Henry received his MBA from NYU and is a former finance and administration executive in the broadcasting, music, and publishing industries. He held senior positions with NBC, RCA Records and Random House. Currently, Henry is the chair of community organizations for the Mount Sinai Hospital System.
Cary Patrick Martin
Cary won 2019 Best Director & Audience Award at #theartistsforumfilmfest for his film Coffee and a Donut. He studied directing at Independent Film School and The Barrow Group, and acting at Sande Shurin Acting Studio, T. Schreiber Studio, and The American Globe Theater. Cary has produced cabaret benefits for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Lee Milby is a New York-based director and artist known for creating unique and highly conceptual videos. Featured in both domestic and international publications, Lee’s ability to bring out the individual energy and style of each artist and brand makes for timeless, original content.
George is an independent scholar with a focus on research and writings on art and cultural criticism. Originally from Serbia, George received his US citizenship in 1995 while studying at New York’s School of Visual Arts, earning his BFA in Film and MFA in Computer Arts in 1997.
David studied filmmaking at Brooklyn College (BA), and Comp. Lit./ Cinema Studies at NYU’s GSAS (MA, MPHIL). He taught film analysis and mentored screenwriters at Tisch School of the Arts for 12 years. He has worked at the Media and Communication Arts Dept. at CUNY for 7 years, where he also educates aspiring filmmakers.
Cherie Song is an Oakland California-based filmmaker and lawyer. Her film “Me Llamo Jesus” tied for first place in The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image: 2020 for Best Dark Themed Short. She further engages with the arts as a board member of a large LGBTQ+ film festival in Los Angeles.
José Carlos Teixeira
José is an artist, filmmaker, researcher, and educator from Portugal. His work has exhibited internationally in prestigious museums, foundations, galleries, and film festivals, garnering him awards and fellowships. As a Fulbrighter, he earned a Master’s from UCLA, and was in residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude and MacDowell, among others.
Anthony von Seck
Filmmaker/Director/Actor/Musician Anthony von Seck is a veteran of the Canadian film industry. His short film, “The 100th Victim,” short story “The Red Chamber” by Edogawa Rampo, had a successful festival run. Most recently, his film “Limbo” received 5 nominations, winning Best Actor (TJ Riley ) in The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image: 2020.
Amos White V
Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.
Viktor is a Polish-born German-raised painter/filmmaker. After graduating from HBK Braunschweig with a combined Master’s in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education, he immigrated to the US to earn his MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers. Currently, he travels abroad creating art and lecturing at Dartmouth’s Studio Art Department.