Call for entries
Deadline: 10 June 2012

VideoBabel 2012
International Videoart Festival Cusco/Pertu
July 2012

videobabel: CONDITIONS 2012


The main aim of the festival and the workshops is to democratize and support the development of a digital culture in those countries that are in the process of evolving in the fields of audiovisual communication and multimedia. This objective is focused on the conservation and promotion of cultural and artistic diversity through new technologies. The specific aims of the project are:

To provide incentives, through awards and workshops, for creativity and experimentation in video production, especially for those creators with limited financial resources.

To support and provide wide ranging coverage and publicity to video production of outstanding quality and creativity, regardless of the social origin and the financial means of the authors.

To stimulate the fusion and interaction of new technologies with contemporary art and popular culture.

To preserve and promote cultural diversity through audiovisual communication and multimedia.

To generate an audiovisual database for educational and social purposes.

To provide opportunities for training, promotion and professional growth to young and inexperienced videomakers.

To develop a culture, tastes and critical thinking with regard to independent audiovisual production among a public composed of divergent socioeconomic strata.


The international competition covers the following regions: Latin America, Asia (excluding Japan), Africa and Eastern Europe.

The festival invites all individuals and groups wishing to present their audiovisual production in open competition, regardless of age, religion (or lack thereof), sexual preference, education or profession.

Each producer or group may submit more than one video.


Participating videos must be framed within the context of art (regardless of specific discipline), culture (ancient, traditional or contemporary), society (their critical vision or the diffusion of important events or occurrences) and/or educational (promoting educational content in any field of human knowledge or experience). Short fictional films will be accepted, developed using a variety of techniques and genres.


International Award from the Poland’s Society for Latin American Studies, for the Best Video: US$1500.

“Experimental Video Art” Category: International Award from the Museum of Saint Dominic Priory – Qorikancha, Cusco: US$500.

“Animated video / stop motion” Category: International Award from “Fallen Angel” Restaurante & Guest House, Cusco: US$500.

“Video about an art project or video presentation of an artist or artistic collective” category (open to any artistic discipline or genre, such as the visual arts, performing arts, music, film, architecture, multi-genre projects). International Award from Cusco Restaurants: US$500.

“Music Video” category: NOTE: The video should make use of an original musical production or have the permission of the authors and/or producers of the soundtrack. International Award from the Mama Africa Club, Cusco: US$500.

“Video about traditional/popular culture or art” category. International Award from the Chaski Audiovisual Communication Group, Lima: US$500.

“Social Issue Video” category. International Award from the Chaski Audiovisual Communication Group, Lima: US$500.

“Video about cultural diversity” category. International Award from Centro Guaman Poma de Ayala, Cusco: US$500.

“Low Budget Video Production” category: International Award from Inversiones La Rioja, Lima: US $300.

Junior Category (participants under 18 years). International Award from Inversiones La Rioja, Lima: US $300.

If additional funding is available, more prizes may be awarded by the jury.

Each videomaker may compete in more than one category.

Each videomaker is eligible to be considered for more than one award.

Any one of the categories may be declared void, at the discretion of the organizing committee.

In the event that a prize is not awarded, the committee has the authority to reallocate the amount concerned to an additional award in any category.

The jury may decide to award a prize to a sequence of videos by the same author, provided the videos share a common theme, display conceptual unity and their total duration does not exceed 15 minutes.

All monetary prizes are destined for the acquisition of digital and audiovisual equipment, spares, software and technical services, for which the winners should notify the organizing committee within a period not greater than one month after the awards ceremony, otherwise the amount in question will be reallocated as an additional prize for the next festival.


The competing videos need not be previously unseen. We accept videos that may have participated in other festivals but have not been previously submitted to this festival. No work which has won a prize in other festivals will be accepted.

Deadline for submission: June 10, 2012.

Maximum length (including credits): 15 minutes.

Languages: Videos with spoken text in a language other than Spanish or English must be subtitled in either of those two languages (preferably in both).

Reproduction and distribution rights: By submitting their videos to the festival, the authors automatically agree to the festival’s right to reproduce, distribute and screen said material, which will be subject to the rules of Creative Commons (mode: Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 2.5:

Authorship: The Festival cannot be held responsible for any conflict arising from disputes regarding the authorship of the videos submitted. The prize will be awarded to the person named on the registration form as the individual responsible for the project.

Pseudonyms: The name of the author of the video (or individual responsible) may be replaced by a pseudonym on the entry form, should the contestant so wish.

Videos may be presented with the highest quality and lowest compression possible via internet. The participating video must be available online (YouTube, Vimeo or other video server).

Participants must send the completed registration form, including the online link to their video, as an attachment to the following e-mail address: The registration form is available in Word 97 format here.

The authors of the selected videos will be asked to send, via internet and within a week of selection, a copy of their work in standard format *.avi or *.mp4 with the highest quality and lowest compression possible, and a maximum size of 2 GB. Authors will receive detailed instructions regarding the method for sending their work. The sending of work selected via the Internet will be free to the authors.


Importance and originality of the video and its conceptual and aesthetic development.

Good knowledge and innovative use of audiovisual language.

Technical quality and skill.


The festival prizes will be awarded by an international jury. The names of the committee members will be announced at the awards ceremony. Committee decisions are final and not open to appeal.


The festival final ceremony, with the announcement of the winners, will be held in the Auditorium of Saint Dominic Priory – Qorikancha, in the city of Cusco, Peru, on July 18, 2012.


In the days prior and/or subsequent to the awards ceremony in the city of Cusco, free audiovisual creation and multimedia management techniques workshops will be held, open to all members of the public interested in the subject.


The winning videos will be publicized via the festival website and will be broadcast to the public free of charge in the 32 screening locations belonging to the Chaski Microcinema Network in Peru and Bolivia, and they will be screened by the festival sponsors and collaborators in different countries, as well as in other video and film festivals.

The festival undertakes to promote and credit the authors of the videos during the video screenings, following the rules established by Creative Commons. In the case of an entry fee being charged for screenings by the Chaski Microcinema Network, the entry cost will be divided equally between the director, producer and audiovisual distributor, according to the standards established by the Chaski Microcinema Network.

By submitting their videos to the festival, participants automatically accept the conditions set out in this document. Any situation not covered by these guidelines shall be resolved by the organizers of the festival and their decision will be final.

Festival VideoBabel
Cusco – Perú.