Short Film/Video Festival

TEDxSAArtistsVillage and Rat Powered Films in cooperation with CSUF Grand Central Art Center invite you to participate in the 1st annual Creative Orange County Short Video/Film Festival.  Showcasing the best of new short video and film, the TEDxSAArtistsVillage Short Video and Film Festival will debut at TEDxSAArtistsVillage on 10.1.11 in Santa Ana CA.

TEDxSAArtistsVillage, produced by Creative Orange County, a “think tank” @ the intersection of culture, commerce and community, is the successor to TEDxFullerton, 9.10.10, the first ever TEDx event in Orange County CA.  TEDxFullerton began the conversation about what is means to be a “creative” community.

This year’s TEDx and Festival theme is “extraordinary”.   The Festival is opened to all video and film makers worldwide.  Entries will be juried; first, second, third and audience award winners will be chosen.  All award winning short videos and/or films will be shown at TEDxSAArtistsVillage, 10.1.11.

Other accepted entries will be featured on TEDxSAArtistsVillage website ( and Rat Powered Film’s blog,   We may also offer other publicity and promotion opportunities as related to the TEDx and Festival events.

Entries must meet these criteria:

 §  Incorporate theme, “extraordinary”.

§  Run a maximum of 10 minutes (no minimum running time).

§  Experimental, narrative, animated, and documentary approaches are all acceptable, either color or black-and-white, in NTSC or PAL format.

§  All films must be submitted on DVD.  And able to be viewed on a standard DVD player.

§  There is no entry fee.

§  Deadline is 8.31.11

§  Announcement of Award Winners, 10.1.11

Other pertinent information:

 §  Please send DVD to Rat Powered Films, c/o CSUF Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

§  Include: Brief description (2-3 sentences), running time, brief bio (1 paragraph) and complete contact information: name, address, telephone number, email address.

§  Entries not selected will be kept by Rat Powered Films for its archives unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is included.

§  If chosen, you will provide a still image of your entry in digital format (.jpg) and give

Rat Powered Films the right to make copies for promotional purposes.

§  Questions? Please email Amy & Bob at

Jurors include:

Amy Caterina studied at CSU Fullerton where she received her M.F.A. in Photography in 2002.  After college, Caterina co-founded Rat Powered Films, an organization dedicated to the presentation of art films from around the globe. Caterina completed 6 Shorts About (non) Motherhood, a short film that investigates conventions and assumptions about marriage and having a baby. In early 2005, Caterina started knitting and began Pseudo-Sod, a series that quickly emerged as a major component in her evolving oeuvre of mixed media installations. She was selected to be the artist-in-residence at the Huntington Beach Art Center in conjunction with the exhibition MANufacture; during her residency she displays mixed media knitted “grass” covered deer and moose, beside four cemetery plot sized sections of “grass.” The Pseudo-Sod car cover was also featured in 2005 for the first time and presented in various locations throughout Orange County.  In 2008, Caterina was artist-in-residence,  CSUF Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA, opening her first solo exhibition titled, This Used to be Real Estate, Now it’s Only Fields and Trees.  She currently teaches traditional photography, filmmaking, digital photography, and art history at Santa Ana College, Goldenwest College, Coastline College and Irvine Valley College.  Caterina also works as a freelance curator.  This summer she will be exhibiting at the Huntington Beach Art Center, SCA Gallery, participating in a yarn bombing at the 18th Street Studios in Santa Monica and will begin a 6 month residency at Irvine’s Great Park.

Bob Pece is a visual artist, curator and filmmaker whose independent films incorporate live action and hand drawn animation.  His short films include imaginative characters derived from his gallery works which have been exhibited throughout southern California since 1973.  He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine in 1977.  In 1994 he began outdoor film screenings at Griffin-Linton Gallery in Costa Mesa which eventually led, in 1997, to co-curating the internationally recognized Arizona State University Short Film and Video Festival with John Spiak which is celebrating 16 years of success. In early 2011 he was juror, programmer and technician for the Smogdance Film Society, and is currently exhibiting in SCA Project Gallery.

Rat Powered Films

Bob Pece and Amy Caterina are Santa Ana-based Rat Powered Films.  Beginning in 2002, Rat Powered Films curated and screened dozens of film/video events throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, the most notable being 6 Booths in 7 Weeks, in 2003 and Take Off Your Coat, Stay Awhile, in 2006 at Santa Ana’s Grand Central Art Center and Rats is a Four-Letter Word in 2009 at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. RPF received a grant from the Downtown Santa Ana Business Council and National Alliance of Mental Illness Orange County. They have several film projects in the works including Consumption, a collection of short films interviewing people who work in the field of mental health, consumers, and people who have experienced the stigma of mental illness, Art-as-Anodyne, interviews with men and women in conjunction with A Window Between Worlds, a non-profit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence, and a series of interviews featured at CSU Fullerton in Spring 2011 as part of an exhibition chronicling the history of the art department.  In early 2011, they were members of the jury panel for the Smogdance Film Society Short Film and Video Festival.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.


TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.  Its founder, Richard Saul Wurman, started it in 1984 in Monterey CA as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then, its scope has broadened to include science, business, the arts, and the global issues facing our world. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives — in 18 minutes. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TEDTalks and; and the TED Prize. TED2010, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” was held February 28-March 4, 2011 in Long Beach, California, with a simulcast event in Palm Springs, California. For details on all upcoming conferences and events, visit

Creative Orange County

Creative Orange County is a “think tank @ the intersection of culture, commerce and community”.  Vision is to inspire, engage Orange County CA to be a “Creative” Community Showcase via partnerships and collaborations with like minded individuals and organizations.


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