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Vidding is a technology. Vidders have lots to say about gender. Wouldn't a feminist con be a great venue in which to say some of those things?

WisCon is a feminist science fiction convention held each May in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. We are looking for premiere vids (never screened or posted online before)!

We welcome all fanvids in all genres and from all traditions of fannish video production, so long as they have some connection to WisCon's focus on feminism and science fiction. WisCon defines feminism broadly, and we're interested in vids that engage with any aspect of gender, sexuality, race, disability, and/or class.

This year we're inviting you to think about the theme of gender and technology, but we're open to extremely wide-ranging definitions of what that might mean. Technologies can be biological, social, mechanical, and they can affect bodies, relationships, and worlds in so very many different ways. We can't wait to see what you have to say. :)

If you are looking for inspiration, some of the great premieres we've had in past years include [personal profile] charmax's Space Girl, [personal profile] such_heights's The Skins, [personal profile] chaila's Parable, [personal profile] beccatoria's Machine, and [personal profile] garrideb's Sky is Open.

The WisCon Vid Party began in 2010, and 2013 will be the third year we accept premiere vids. For more information about WisCon and the vid party, see our general information post from 2011. This year we'll be inviting you to curate playlists for short themed segments (watch this space), but the basic outline is the same.

• If you're submitting a premiere, your vid must never have been shown at a convention or posted online before.
• We prefer that your vid is no longer than 5 minutes.
• We especially welcome vids from fans who may never have submitted a vid to a convention before, or from newbie vidders.
• You don't have to be attending Wiscon to submit a premiering vid! But please come if you can; it's a great con.

If you're planning to submit a premiere vid, we'd love for you to let us know as soon as you can so we can begin to get a sense of how long our Premieres show will be.

Our deadline is Friday, May 10, 2013, two weeks before the con.

Please follow [community profile] wiscon_vidparty, [community profile] wiscon, or [community profile] vidding if you want to see more info, reminders, and so on. (We will also crosspost to [livejournal.com profile] wiscon and [livejournal.com profile] vidding.)

The vids will show on the evening of Friday 24th May, 2013, and will be posted online within a week of the show. If you think you can make a vid by the con but not by the May 10 deadline, let us know.

How to submit a premiere vid

Simply fill in this handy form, giving us basic information about your vid letting us know where we can download it.

Your download URL may be any site that will allow us to download the vid, whether it's your own web space or a service like MediaFire. (Of course, if your vid is a premiere, you shouldn't publish the link anywhere else until after the premiere show.) We'll download the vid and contact you within a few days to let you know we've got it, or to let you know if we had any problems. If you don't hear from us within a week, please ping us.

We can accept vids in any format that will play in VLC -- for instance Quicktime (.mov), AVI/DIVX, MP4, and WMV files are all fine. We recommend you do a high quality export -- no file size is too large for us! Though realistically, we've found that just about any .mov/avi/mp4/wmv in the 50MB-100MB range will be fine, and even down to around 30MB can be acceptable. If your export looks like it has problems, we'll let you know and give you a chance to re-export and re-upload.

By submitting a premiere vid to the Wiscon Vid Party, you're agreeing to the following:
• You will post your premiere vid online within 1 week of the Vid Party (that is, by June 3rd, 2013) and send us the link, either by email or by commenting on a post we will make for the purpose on [community profile] wiscon_vidparty. This is because we want to post links to all the vids we screened a week after the con, so your new fans can leave comments for you.
• We strongly recommend you post both a downloadable and a streaming version.
• You agree to work with the vid party organisers to negotiate a warning statement if necessary.

On warnings
• Our vid party will provide warnings for common triggers, so that those who are affected can manage their own risk in attending.
• We will post warnings (behind a cut) on the [community profile] wiscon_vidparty community before the party, and make them available in printed form at the party. We will also provide more information via email on request.
• We encourage you to suggest any warnings you think would apply to your vid. If we feel that additional/different warnings are necessary, we will work with you to come up with a mutually acceptable solution. If we can't come to an agreement, you may withdraw your vid from our premieres show.

• This year we will be working to make subtitles available for as many vids as possible, either during the screening or for download afterwards. Please provide a subtitle file for your vid if you can! Our preferred format is a .srt file to go alongside the video itself, but text as part of the video itself is also OK. Instructions for subtitling your vids can be found at this link, though you are welcome to use any technique that works for you.

Other notes
• Our viewing environment is not pristine and theatre-like. Our vid party runs entirely on donations (we literally passed a hat around last time), so although we do our best to provide decent quality A/V within those limitations, we want to be up-front about the fact that it's not perfect. You can find out more about the culture and style of the party on our general info post.

Does this announcement make you think of a recent vid that would be perfect for a feminist science fiction con, but you didn't make it? Just drop us a link in the comments below, and if we want to include it we'll get in touch with the vidder.

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Date: 2013-04-10 07:52 pm (UTC)
hot_tramp: Rita Sue from Carnivale (Default)
From: [personal profile] hot_tramp
When you say "we prefer that your vid is no longer than 5 minutes," is that actually a flexible preference, or is it a requirement?

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Date: 2013-04-11 01:29 am (UTC)
hot_tramp: Rita Sue from Carnivale (Default)
From: [personal profile] hot_tramp
Yay! I'm working with a six-minute song and I'm not sure I want to cut it.

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Date: 2013-04-26 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] aruna7
I recently completed a Prometheus video focusing on Shaw, about how she reconciles all aspects of her life from her faith to her scientific career and search for truth. There is a technology aspect to it, but I'm unsure whether it would be strong enough for your theme.

Should I send you a link for you to let me know?

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Date: 2013-04-29 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] aruna7
It'd be a premier actually as it wasn't posted anywhere. I'll send it in tomorrow then, so you can see what to make of it. :)


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