Call For Submissions: The Digital Muddy


With a desire to engage the expanding modalities of film and media, the Big Muddy Film Festival announces a call for digital media submissions for the 2015 Digital Muddy program to coincide with the Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, Illinois. Selected works will represent a fresh ongoing curation of various trends and practices that engage the illusive notion of the expanding digital narrative. All new and traditional genres will be considered.

Particular attention will be paid to new media, net art, interactive, website based projects, webisodes, digital imaging, user generated imagery, participatory, experimental, social engagement, etc. and sound, film, video, animation that in many ways eludes or refutes its placement inside the black box theater.

This inaugural showcase will be juried by digital artist and curator Nia Burks. The selected work will be showcased online via the Digital Muddy 2015 website, a segment of the Big Muddy Film Festival site.

Submit now on Film Freeway! 




Big Muddy Welcomes Visiting Artist Hassan Pitts!

We are very excited to announce that Hassan Pitts joins us as Visiting Artist in Residence from October 2014 through May 2015 and will also be advising the 37th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival. Hassan has an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in photography and film and his artwork crosses the still and moving image.  We are proud to have a contemporary media artist whose work echoes the artistic values of the Big Muddy, i.e., independent in spirit, experimental in form and content, and passionately engaged with the world

Hassan Pitts is an interdisciplinary artist interested in fashioning images around absorption, sensation, emotion, movement and gesture.  Currently he splits his time examining issues of memory and location with themes of transience manifested physically, emotionally, and digitally.  Hassan received a BA in German studies from Denison University, a BFA in photography from Kutztown University, and holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.  Hassan’s work has been extensively shown in galleries, museums and film/video festivals in North America, Europe and Asia.  He regularly collaborates with electronic artist Jennida Chase under the moniker S/N as well as performing nationally with experimental sound and multi-media ensemble Pilottone.

SIUC RSO of the Week & Our Next Deadline!

Our earlybird deadline has passed, but you can still submit your film to the 37th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival! Your next deadline is October 15th. Animation, Documentary, Experimental and Narrative films are all welcome! You may submit via Film Freeway or WithoutABox.

Regular Big Muddy Deadline


This week, the SIU student organization that produces the Big Muddy, Film Alternatives is SIU’s RSO of the Week! Check out their Twitter feed for fun facts about Film Alt & the Big Muddy!