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MergingArts Productions produces cultural events and radio programming related to music and visual arts, reaching out to communities both locally and globally.


MergingArts' Conversations

Lowell Folk

From time to time, MergingArts presents interviews on a wide variety of topics that are technology or arts related.

Our latest conversation is with Kevin Dwyer, Executive Director of the Lowell Festival Foundation.

The 32nd Lowell Folk Festival took place July 27th through July 29th in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Click here to hear Kevin talk about the festival, or click here for more on this year's festival artists and other activities.


Women ... Animation ... Womanimation!
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Womanimation! 2018 - It's a Wrap!

Womanimation! is a festival showcasing acclaimed animated short film stories created by women from around the world.

The tenth edition took place on Saturday, June 30th, at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

You can continue to follow the Facebook event page here, or read more on the festival here.

Awards

Russia Laurel Germany Laurel

We have counted and recounted the ballots, and this year's Audience Award winner is Tweet-Tweet, directed by Russian womanimator Zhanna Bekmambetova.

Gelato and Nachtstück (Nocturne) also did well in the voting.

Nachtstück, by German womanimator Anne Breymann, also won the Visual Vanguard award for visual innovation in storytelling.

Award winners will be receiving custom awards created by last year's Womanimation! award winners, Britt Raes and Szandra Pataki.

Festival Films

Having received hundreds of submissions, we selected a dozen films to screen in the festival.

Filmmakers hailed from ten countries on four continents, with styles from stop-motion to 3D to traditional 2D and computer/2D hybrids.

With running times between 2½ and 15 minutes, the films emphasize well-developed narratives, with themes including historical romance, self-acceptance, family relationships, the cycle of life, and voyages into the supernatural.

Click here for a list of this year's festival films.


Short Short Story Film Festival

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Returning Autumn 2018

The 12th edition of the Short Short Story Film Festival returns to southern New England in late November 2018.

The festival will begin accepting submissions in September.

Click here for submission details.

2017 Festival

The 11th edition of the Short Short Story Film Festival took place at AS220's 95 Empire in Providence, Rhode Island, on Saturday, November 25th.

2017 Awards

Congratulations to our Award winners! Click here for a list of awards.

In a first for the festival, for both programs, the jury and the audience selected the same films as their favorites.

For the Heartsrings program, the winner was Laymun, by Catherine Prowse and Hannah Quinn, and for the Headtrip program, the jury and audience selected Fiaskó, by Szabolcs Nagy.

Additionally, two "Directors Awards" recognized films with unique approaches that also won acclaim from audiences and jury.

Ces p’tites heures won the Petit Prose award for excellence in the execution of short narrative, and Muteum won the Mind's Eye award for the art of visual storytelling.

All award winners receive commissioned custom art objects created by past festival participants.

More On The Festival

Click here for more on the 2017 festival.

To learn more about the festival concept and history, click here.

World Music Charts

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Womanimation! Audience Award 2018

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SSSFF 2017 Headtrip Audience Award

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SSSFF 2017 Headtrip Jury Award

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Spoiler Alert Radio

A weekly broadcast and podcast featuring conversations on the craft of filmmaking.

For more information about the program, click here.

This week's episode:

Paul Saunderson - British Film Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist - 100 Streets, Starfish, Three Identical Strangers, and The More You Ignore Me

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Womanimation! Visual Vanguard 2018

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SSSFF 2017 Heartstrings Audience Award

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SSSFF 2017 Petit Prose Award

SF 17 Petit Prose Award

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Mind's Eye Award

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