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Please use this site to submit your work for the 2020 Public Domain Student Art and Film Festival.

Call for student artists and filmmakers

Public Domain Student Art and Film Festival
 

Venue: Mansfield Library

Work media: On January 1st, 2020, works that have been published in 1924 will enter the public domain and will no longer be protected by copyright. The Mansfield Library seeks original two-dimensional art works, sculptural works, or motion picture works that will directly borrow from a newly-minted public domain book in its physical collections.

Work size or duration: Two-dimensional works must be no larger than 36" H x 24" W x 1.5" D.  Sculptural works must be no larger than 36" H x 18" W x 18" D and must be able to stand unsupported on a flat surface.  Films should be a minimum of 7 minutes in duration to a maximum of 10 minutes in duration.

Entry requirements: Prior to creating or submitting work, entrants must take a brief tutorial on the public domain.  Please click here to take the tutorial.

  • Entrants must choose a single print book from the list given on this page upon which to base their artwork or film. 
  • Entrants must provide a summary paragraph describing their completed work.
  • Entrants must provide 3-5 images of their completed artwork; if the file sizes are large, they may be submitted as links to a UM Box Folder.  In the case of film, entrants must submit a UM Box or YouTube link to their completed movie.  If using UM Box, please be sure to share your files and folders with tammy.ravas@umontana.edu
  • Entrants must craft an artist statement that includes the following:
    • Name of artist and a brief biography
    • Title and author of the chosen public domain book
    • Why the specific public domain book was chosen?
    • How has the public domain book been adapted from its original form into a work of art or film?
    • What did the entrant learn about the public domain through the creation of their work?
  • Entrants must provide a text-based description of their art submission for the visually impaired or caption their film submission for the hearing impaired.

Event timeline: Films will be shown beginning 7 pm on Tuesday, April 21st at the opening event and award ceremony.  Artwork will be set up and displayed beginning at 5 pm on Monday, April 20th through 5 pm on Friday, April 24th.  

Entries Due: 11:59 pm Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Selection process: Ten works in total, regardless of format, will be selected for inclusion in the festival according to how well an individual work satisfies the requirements listed above.  From these ten works, a jury will select the top three based on creative execution of the requirements.  The top three works will be awarded the following prizes:

  • 1st place: $200.00 UM Bookstore gift certificate
  • 2nd place: $150.00 UM Bookstore gift certificate
  • 3rd place: $100.00 UM Bookstore gift certificate

The top three works will be awarded at the opening event and awards ceremony during the evening of Tuesday, April 21st.

Notification to student artists and filmmakers: Friday, March 13th, 2020

Accepted artwork and films: Two dimensional works will be displayed on standing easels provided by the Mansfield Library.  Three dimensional works will be displayed on tables provided by the Library.  Films will be displayed using Library equipment in the Learning Commons. 

Delivery of works: Accepted artwork and films should be delivered to Tammy Ravas, Arts and Media Librarian, Rm. 323 Mansfield Library by 5 pm, Monday, April 20th.

Pickup artwork by: 5 pm, Friday April 24th.

Note: By submitting your work to the festival, you acknowledge that you are displaying your artwork at your own risk.  The Mansfield Library is not responsible for damage or theft of artwork. 

Contact for event: Tammy Ravas, Arts and Media Librarian and Copyright Coordinator, 406-243-4402 or tammy.ravas [at] umontana.edu

Books to be adapted for the festival

Listed below are 12 novels, short story collections, and play scripts that were first published in 1924, and are physically located in the Mansfield Library.  These items will enter the public domain on January 1st, 2020.  Please explore them by clicking on the links for more details and then check them out from the library.  If you are a student at UM, and are considering submitting a work for the Public Domain Student Art and Film Festival please choose one of these books to adapt for your work.