Live Cinema III: Festival of Research and Innovation 2020 Open Call for Artists

Building on the successes of the Live Cinema Conference held at King’s College London in 2016 and the Live Cinema Summit at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018the Live Cinema Festival of Research and Innovation 2020 will address artistic and technological advances in the field of live cinema: film screenings augmented through live or immersive elements, including site-specific locations, technological intervention and digital participation. This festival will profile the growing prominence of live cinema phenomena within the global film experience economy and will highlight contemporary artistic and technological innovation as well as situating these current phenomena within their appropriate historical contexts.

The festival will take place over 4 days in the week commencing 18th May and will feature cutting edge academic research, master classes, workshops, a programme of screenings, Q&A sessions and world premieres of exclusive live events.

Drawing on the format established in the innovative and highly successful Live Cinema Talent Pool 2017 – 2018 and Live Cinema Summit 2018 we will also be recruiting new artist associates to participate in a series of development activities and workshops starting in March 2020. The associate artist process will challenge the increasingly popular notion that the future of film spectatorship will be dominated by digitally enabled home viewing and streaming, and will instead explore the possibilities provided by the cutting-edge innovations in Live Cinema Production and Exhibition that respond to audiences’ increasing desire for live and collective cinematic experiences.

What you get:

Up to 5 selected artists will be invited to participate in a professional development opportunity through bespoke workshops and mentoring with Live Cinema UK and expert speakers across a variety of sectors, promoting collaboration and creativity, addressing challenges in the sector including logistics, legal and licensing issues, diversity and audience development.

Finishing fund
Associate Artists will then be invited to pitch ideas for new live cinema works to be presented either as a scratch performance, preview or world premiere at the Live Cinema Festival of Research and Innovation in May 2020. Between 1 and 3 projects will receive funding of between £500-£2000 from a total pot of £5000 to develop or finish works in production which will be premiered in May 2020 at the Live Cinema Festival where you will perform in front of a public audience alongside an international audience of cinema, festival and arts programmers.

Festival pass
Each Associate Artist regardless of whether they are selected for the finishing fund will receive a full festival pass to all the workshops and sessions scheduled as part of the Live Cinema Festival of Research and Innovation taking place in Nottingham in May 2020

Six months as official Associate Artist for Live Cinema UK
All Associate Artists will be offered the opportunity to develop touring and funding models with mentoring by Lisa Brook at Live Cinema UK in order to support the enhancement of existing projects and to collaborate on new funded projects as they arise. We envisage artists having a long-term relationship with Live Cinema UK who have festivals and venues around the world seeking new touring work, so the ability and willingness to tour and work with Live Cinema UK on an ongoing basis would be essential for all applicants.

Associate Artist places will be limited and applicants will be selected by the Live Cinema Steering Group via the criteria below.

What we’re looking for:

We are interested in all artforms and welcome applications from musicians, audiovisual performers, theatrical and dance companies working in any genre as long as there is a film/multimedia element, including but not limited to live soundtracks, theatrical interventions, audiovisual performance. If you are unsure whether your art form is applicable, please get in touch: we’re open to ideas.

Though we are open to all art forms (music, theatre, media arts), we are particularly interested in projects that wish to integrate the following:

  • Digital music performances
  • Mixed reality – AR, VR, superimposed reality and other variants
  • Voice interaction
  • Brain computer interfaces
  • Face recognition and affective computing

Associate Artist criteria –

  • For the finishing fund: Have a live cinema project that can be realised or finished by May 2020 with an additional £500-£2000 of financial support alongside potential access to further technical support as appropriate
  • Passion for cinema and desire to create work inspired by film narratives or integrating the moving image with live performance
  • An interest in creating work targeted at youth audiences
  • A commitment to creating work engaging BAME audiences
  • A willingness to share ideas and experiences and support other practitioners
  • Evidence of working to deadlines and with limited budgets
  • You must be over 18 and a resident with eligibility to work in the United Kingdom
  • We particularly welcome applications from female, gender non-conforming, disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and LGBTQ* identifying candidates as all these groups are underrepresented in the live cinema performance sector.
How to apply

Apply by email to by 5pm on March 6th 2020

We are open to receiving applications in a variety of formats. We welcome a portfolio and/or CV, plus a cover letter or 3 minute video detailing why you would like be an Associate Artist and how they meet the criteria above, including information on a project that you would like to put forward for the Finishing Fund and exhibition at the Festival

Live Cinema III: Festival of Research and Innovation is a collaboration between Live Cinema UK, Live Cinema Network, King’s College London and University of Nottingham.  For further information or queries, please contact