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Ladies Submit Your Films!


The 2007 Black Lily Film & Music Festival (“The Lily�) will be the first event of its kind in Philadelphia—a film and music festival wholly focused on the contributions of women. It will take place May 4-6 in Philadelphia. Recognizing the parallels between the music and film industries—both male dominated fields—in which women continue to strive for the acknowledgement and recognition often taken for granted by their male counterparts; this international, multi-racial, non-competitive festival seeks to highlight groundbreaking women filmmakers and musicians.

The films in this section will make up the bulk of programming and may be short-form (0-30 minutes) or feature-length (31-90 minutes) in any of the following genres:

Narrative Films

We are accepting works of fiction that deal with any topic or theme, provided that the work is directed and/or produced by a woman. Preference will be given to recent works, but it is not mandatory.

New Media/Experimental
We are accepting works that don’t fit into the narrative/documentary binary. Works that employ alternative technology and/or structure are encouraged to submit to this category. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to mount video installation, so please only submit works that are meant to be screened in a theater.

Documentary Films
These works may include shorts and features from 0 to 90 minutes. Works not originally produced in English must have English subtitles.

Music Videos
These works may feature artists that are signed or unsigned as long as the director has festival rights to screen the work. They should not exceed 5 minutes in length.


Peace & Justice
Black Lily is collaborating with non-profit group Spearhead Soldier to present works celebrating the global struggle for peace and justice for individuals, families, communities and nations. We welcome narratives, documentaries and experimental works dealing with this topic. Priority will be given to works dealing with violence against women but all will be viewed and considered.

Women in Music
Given the history of the Black Lily organization and our hometown of Philadelphia’s rich legacy contributing to American music, we’ve decided to have a special focus on films dealing with women in music. These films can be narratives or documentaries about musicians, composers, vocalists, promoters or related artists.

Young Lily
Girls aged 19 and under are encouraged to submit film & video works that will be shown in conjunction with the Open Call, but will receive special attention for a Black Lily Honor on closing night and also be screened as part of the Girls Workshop.

The Five Spot: Paying homage to the home of our original music series, five [5] works created by local women filmmakers who live in Philadelphia and the surrounding area will be showcased. Artists must have lived in the city for at least six months prior to submission. Any pieces 45 minutes and under are welcome for this showcase.

Late deadline is December 31, 2006

Download Submission Guidelines HERE

Download Entry Form HERE

Please mail submissions (and a postage-paid return envelope if desired) to:

Black Lily Film & Music Festival
c/o Painted Bride Arts Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

Submission fees must be made out the Painted Bride Arts Center
(Please include “Black Lily Festival� in the memo line)

For updates and more information, check out blacklilyfilm.org and myspace.com/blacklilyfilm



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