Bryan Konefsky (Senior Lecturer in the Department of Cinematic Arts at UNM) has been awarded an Art Works grant through the National Endowment of the Arts for his Experiments in Cinema international film festival, an annual event hosted by Konefsky’s arts non-profit, Basement Films.

The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant to Basement Films for their annual Experiments in Cinema international film festival. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Basement Films, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

Experiments in Cinema is an annual Basement Films project (now celebrating its 12th year) whose mission is to bring the international community of cinematic experimentalists to New Mexico to inspire a new generation of media activists to recognize the value of their creative voices and to participate in shaping future trends of cultural representation. In 2017 (April 18-23) Experiments in Cinema will screen 100+ films from 35 countries and will host a special focus on Cuban video art and experimental cinema (5 artist/scholars from Havana will be present at EIC to conduct workshops, present unique programming of Cuban media and interact with attendees).

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

For more information about Basement Films see:  www.basementfilms.org
For more information about Experiments in Cinema see: www.experimentsincinema.org

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