Call for Proposals 2017

Bastard Film Encounter Call for Proposals

We invite you to join us for BFE.3: a weekend of screening-intensive conversations about bastard films in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dates: Thursday April 27rd (6pm opening night dinner, reception, and keynote extravaganza) thru Sunday 30th (aftermath brunch), 2017

In April 2013, the first ever Bastard Film Encounter confronted a barrage of moving images that were ill-conceived or received; embarrassing or beyond the bounds of acceptability; poor in conception or execution; undesirable to those who should be caring for them; proof of something that should have never happened. Andrew Lampert was our keynote, and sprayed mustard at a running Super8 projector until the dang thing just gave up.  In 2015, we did it all over again for BFE.2, featuring Dino Everett as keynote + Bastards punk karaoke w/live band. Confirmed keynote bastard/curator for BFE.3’s opening night: BFE veteran Brian Frye, Associate Professor at Law at University of Kentucky, film producer, and experimental filmmaker.  

The inaugural BFE schedules are available at:

Screening subjects to date have included a full mouth dental extraction; enemas, over and over again; George Lucas’s disavowed Star Wars television special; an amateur educational film about feminine hygiene; early hardcore stag film; genital cutting; a smuggled-out-of-the-archive corporate video showing bad behavior in a major American company; and plenty of other stuff we’ve all been sworn to secrecy about.

The aim of the Bastard Film Encounter is to bring such misbegotten moving images out of the closet and to grapple with what they are, how they are kept and ignored (and if they really should be), if and why they might matter, and what role they might play in archives and in studies of the moving image.

Proposals (no more than one page; a paragraph should suffice) are invited for brief (5 minute—we’re enforcing this!) introductions to films (16mm, super8, and regular8 projectors will be on hand/videos of any format/or feel free to byop). Please indicate format and length of screening material with your proposal. This event is not about reading a paper. It is about providing five minutes or less of context followed by post-screening discussion.

Send inquiries to  Proposals should be submitted at by Thanksgiving 2016 (November 24th).

Brought to you by your bastardly co-organizers: Skip Elsheimer, Marsha Gordon, Dwight Swanson, and Snowden Becker.