2018 ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival: MATRIARCHS

Saturday December 1, 2018   2:00pm to 4:30pm

Established in 2017, the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival is a free international festival inviting filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds to submit short, 60-second films around a theme. This year, the Festival’s topic is Matriarchs.

This year we received 237 submissions from these 49 countries:

Algeria | Argentina | Australia | Austria | Bangladesh | Belgium | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Brazil | Bulgaria | Canada | China | Colombia | Croatia | Czech Republic | Egypt | France | Georgia | Germany| Greece | India | Indonesia | Islamic Republic of Iran | Italy | Japan | Latvia | Luxembourg | Mexico | Moldova, Republic of | Nepal | Netherlands | Pakistan | Poland | Portugal Puerto Rico | Romania | Russian Federation | Singapore | Slovenia | Spain | Switzerland | Taiwan | Thailand | Turkey | Ukraine | United Arab Emirates | United Kingdom | United States | Uzbekistan

The 2018 Video Art + Film Festival Image was created by artist Michel Manalese.

2018 Winners

Video Art Favorite: 


by James Williams (USA)

4K POSTER WIDE 24cm x 15cm

HUMAN was created by www.modifiergroup.com

Animation Favorite:

Do not Touch

by Pavel Endrle (Czech Republic)

Film Favorite:

The Wedding Anniversary

by Vijay S. Jodha (India)

Jury Favorite:

Indian Lotus

by Mansour Mirshekari (Islamic Republic of Iran)

2018 Awards

2018 Video Art + Film Festival Awards

Artist Rachel Reid designed the awards for the Video Art + Film Festival: Matriarchs. All the awards were printed in Los Angeles on aluminum.

2018 Finalists Screened at ESMoA

Category: Animation

  • The misadventures of a goose and a girl by Sofya Badalova, Russian Federation
  • The Hand by Kevin Hogan, USA
  • D-U-H by Qieer Wang, China
  • Semiotics by Aroop Dwivedi, India
  • Do not touch by Pavel Endrle, Czech Republic
  • Strange story in the bathroom by Qianhui Yu, China
  • Keep Quiet by Eugen Fadeev, Russian Federation
  • Me inspiring death by Dimitar Dimitrov, Bulgaria
  • Mediteranea by Alix Bortoli, United Kingdom
  • Hulu Berlu by Nicolas Bianco, France
  • Blind Date by Monta Andžejevska, Latvia

Category: Film

  • OSMOSIS by Carolina de la Vega, Uruguay
  • Short Lives in a Large Room by Karlos Alastruey, Spain
  • TEA by Adriano Gomez, Brazil
  • The Wedding Anniversary by Vijay S. Jodha, India
  • Goat by Boğaçhan Ahmet İlyas Uzun, Turkey
  • SEA by Hristina Belousova, Uzbekistan
  • Indian Lotus by Mansour Mirshekari, Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Happy Birthday by Irina Varina, USA
  • Mere & Fille by Blas Payri, Switzerland
  • S is For Story by Irene Ashu and Cleon Arrey, USA
  • The King of Arroyo del Rey by Curtis McElhinney, USA

Category: Video Art

  • HUMAN by James Williams, USA
  • The Dishonor by Joaquín Zejan, Argentina
  • A cuppa with ancestors, Fenia Kotsopoulou, United Kingdom/ Greece
  • Bodyographies of Graffiti by Marcus Ramusyo de Almeida Brasil and Guilherme Fogagnoli, Portugal
  • Cuneiforme by Giuseppe Cimino, Italy
  • Compartmentalize by Anna Burholt, USA
  • Matriarchs-Goddess Vomit, Indrani Ashe, USA
  • Zozobra by Ana Martínez, Spain
  • Xing un-Xing by Avital Oehler, USA
  • Collapsing by Brian Ratigan, USA
  • Dumb Carillon by Salvatore Insana, Italy

2018 Photo Gallery

2018 Jury

Neno Belchev - film maker and artist-in-residence at ESMoA. He graduated in Mural Painting from the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Works in the fields of video art, performance, installation, sculpture, new media as well as independent curator. Neno has participated in a wide range of solo and group, national and international exhibitions. He has been awarded artist in residence grants (AIR) in Russia, China, Japan and Portugal and awards from international video and film festivals in Russia, USA, the Netherland and Austria. Neno’s short "Positive Message (Lord of the Rainbow)" was awarded Video Art Favorite award at the 2017 ESMoA Video Art+ Film Festival: La Esperanza.

Alexis Alicette Bolter - video artist and curator. Alexis was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has a BA in Art History from Boston University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Bolter has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions including Southern Exposure in San Francisco, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Situation Room in Los Angeles, and Staße 55 in Berlin. In addition to her art practice, Bolter actively curates shows that address political and social issues. Bolter is a founding member of AVA, an intersectional feminist collective of LA based artists, and is also a member of the Association of Hysteric Curators.

Casey Everest - senior at El Segundo High School. She is an intern at ESMoA who enjoys creating and learning about art.

Natasia Gascon - creative professional. Since moving back to California in 2006, she has been immersed herself in the fields of video journalism, film and television production and government arts administration, with an emphasis on using the arts to positively influence and increase the quality of life of the diverse people of Los Angeles County.

Melissa McCullum - El Segundo Library Director. Melissa has worked in libraries for over twenty years, including eleven years in management with the esteemed LA County Library. She served as Community Library Manager at the Manhattan Beach Library, West Hollywood Library, and Lawndale Library. Known for developing new library programming and obtaining grants for library projects promoting community health, she’s implemented Instant Recess, a library garden, art exhibits, Age-Friendly library policies, and more. She won the American Library Association’s prestigious I Love My Librarian Award in 2010 in part because “Love of community is evident in everything that Melissa McCollum does.” Melissa earned a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, she has lived in Manhattan Beach since 1999.

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