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Moving Images: pause... restart
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Entry Deadline: 9/11/21
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Entry Fee (Entry fee): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Video | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 1
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: California

Moving Images:  pause... restart
Online exhibition of video shorts

There are times when a significant event interrupts our lives, making us feel like we have been put on hold by forces beyond our control and shaking our perceptions of day-to-day reality. Such a destabilizing interruption is foremost in our collective consciousness at this moment, having all experienced this on a grand scale when the world came grinding to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, suspending us in uncertainty.  

As disruptive and distressing as such episodes can be, they can also prompt us to reflect on what is most important to us. Certainly, after being stuck in the endless loop of days as we sheltered-in-place, many of us contemplated new ways of being, and reconsidered, or even decided to re-invent, essential aspects of our existence—be it our jobs, our relationships, our living environment, our well-being and even our greater purpose in the world. As we consider the end of this long detour of our normal lives and look ahead to reengaging with the world outside our bubbles, many of us are guided forward by new perspectives and changed priorities.

For Moving Images: pause... restart, Cabrillo Gallery seeks moving image artworks that address the idea of restarting with renewed purpose after being stopped in our tracks, by whatever circumstances. What have you envisioned for positive change when moving forward after a life-shaking event? It could be as intimate as savoring time with the people you love, as primal as nurturing a garden, as empowering as pursuing a new career, as substantive as seeking a deeper spiritual path, as purposeful as devoting yourself to a social justice movement. We welcome all reflections on creating a better world, no matter what changes, big or small, you have envisioned to get there.


  • US artists working in video and moving image art.
  • Video must be 5 minutes or shorter. Entries must be original work not previously shown at the Cabrillo Gallery.
  • Submission is by digital video file, but all sources for video content are accepted, including stop motion and other animation, digital media and analog film sources.



Please note: Cabrillo Gallery will limit entries to the first 100 videos submitted.

Entry fees:

$25 for 1 video that addresses the concept of the exhibition. 

Payment may be made by credit card or PayPal.


  • Important: Please allow extra time to register as a user on the CaFÉ site and upload your media files before making your submission.

Submissions due: by September 11, 2021, 10:59 Pacific Time, 11:59 Mountain Time

Acceptance/Awards Announced: September 23, 2021

For artists selected for exhibition: Full resolution video files (at 960-1280 pixels) and thumbnail images for accepted works are due September 26, 2021. Please be prepared to provide a link to a direct file download via Google, DropBox or WeTransfer and provide thumbnails to represent your video in the online gallery.

Please be prepared to submit the following when applying online:

Brief statement specifically about the artwork submitted

Title of video artwork

Year completed

Professional quality video. (Please note: The technical quality of video is crucial for review by the juror. Cabrillo Gallery reserves the right to exclude work if technical quality is exceedingly poor.)

File info for uploading to CáFE (Please note: files for accepted entries can be larger and will be submitted after the end of call)

Video resolution: maximum 1920 x 1080, no smaller than  640 x 480

File size: may not exceed 100 MB. 

File Type: MOV, MP4, WMV, 3GP, AVI, ASF, MPG, M2T, MKV, M2TS

Single Channel

Aspect ratio: 4:3 or 16:9

Bit rate: recommended above 240 kbps

Frame rate: minimum 12 fps, recommended 30 fps.

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  • Selected works will be exhibited online on the Cabrillo Gallery website and in social media posts October 4 to November 5, 2021
  • Three cash awards will be presented: $500, $300, $200


Clark Buckner, Director of the gallery and production company Telematic Media Arts in San Francisco, is a producer, curator, and cultural critic. The gallery exhibits and supports time-based arts, with particular attention to screen culture, and art’s intersection with contemporary information and telecommunications technologies. One of his recent projects is The Archive to Come, a large group show of time-based works by more than 50 international artists, co-curated with NY artist Carla Gannis, in response to Covid-19, BLM, and the current crisis of the republic.

For many years, Buckner taught critical theory, cultural criticism and curatorial practice in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. His publications have focused on art, philosophy, film/video and curatorial practice. He co-founded The Blue Studio, an arts community and workspace and served for many years as Director/Curator of the project space, MISSION 17.  He has a PhD in Continental Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Critical Theory from Vanderbilt University.


Cabrillo Gallery presents high quality art and design exhibitions, lectures and other programming to promote a broad range of discourse about the visual arts and culture. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, our programming serves to educate and inspire our academic community at Cabrillo College, the greater community of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas, and beyond. To learn more about the gallery, visit

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