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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.

Awards Season

This time of year, there are awards galas galore. Golden Globes, BAFTAs, BIFAs, Independent Spirits, Academy Awards, and more.

One such event coming up is the 29th annual Chlotrudis Awards, held in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday, March 19th.

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a nonprofit organization that honors outstanding achievement in independent and world cinema. Members includes critics, film media, filmmakers, festival programmers, theater exhibitors, and others in Boston (and around the world) who share a passion for film.

And be sure to check out interviews with film profesionals that have been involved in award-winning films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Aftersun, After Yang, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and Triangle of Sadness.

You will be happy to learn more about behind the scenes of filmmaking at Spoiler Alert Radio.

Music Charting

World Music

Toni (aka DJ Madame B) is a global music genre director showcasing sounds from around the world. She hosts Pacifica affiliate syndicated and regional world music shows.

She submits MergingArts Global Radio weekly charts to NACC (North American College & Community Chart) and RMR (Roots Music Report).

She is an active panelist of international charting organizations, TWMC (Transglobal World Music Chart), BWMC (Balkan World Music Chart), and RWMC (Russian World Music Chart), representing MergingArts.

Click here to view weekly and monthly world music charts and adds.

Radio Syndication

World Music

Donne del Mondo showcases global music by women, celebrating musical women of the world. Available Saturday afternoons, it is distributed via the Pacifica Radio Network on select affiliates throughout North America.

Transworld Airwaves features a cross-cultural musical journey united in voices and rhythms. As well as syndicating on Pacifica, it broadcasts every other Sunday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (US Eastern time) on WZBC 90.3 FM from Boston College in Newton/Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

You can hear more international sounds every Sunday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am Eastern, by tuning in to World Wide Waves, with rotating hosts Dan/Justin, Toni, DJ R-I-K/Johnny D, and Chris. It can be heard on 90.3 FM WRIU, non-commercial radio broadcasting from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.

Spoiler Alert Radio

Featuring conversations on the craft of filmmaking, Spoiler Alert Radio continues to syndicate weekly on selected Pacifica affiliates.

You can find out more about the show, including syndication information, by clicking here, or visit our podcast and archive page by clicking here.

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Short Short Story Film Festival

The Short Short Story Film Festival is a competitive international festival of films that tell a story in under six minutes.

The festival celebrates brevity in filmmaking, with films from across the globe, both live-action and animated.

Two programs, Heartstrings and Headtrip, both showcase dozens of films tightly sequenced in under ninety minutes, each with a distinctive tone yet wide-ranging styles and topics.

For the first time in three years, the 15th edition of the festival returned to live audiences, taking place Saturday, 19th November at the Greenwood Features Cinema in Bethel, CT, USA.

Jury Awards

A panel of film industry professionals, previously interviewed on Spoiler Alert Radio, reviewed the films in each program. For a complete list of jury members, click here.

Award winners receive commissioned custom art objects created by past festival participants. Larger pics are on the awards page.

For the Heartsrings program, the jury selected Bizarre!, by Stéphane Canet (France), about a rainy-day encounter between a young woman and an elderly man whose intentions may not be what they seem.

For the Headtrip program, the judges selected A guerra finita, by Simone Massi (Italy), an animated presentation of the idea that a world without war is an idea that cannot wait.

Audience Awards

Audiences voted on their three favorite films to determine award winners in each program. Congratulations to our two award winners!

For the Heartstrings program, the audience selected 7 dosis de dopamina (7 Doses of Dopamine), by Virginia Rodriguez (Madrid, Spain), the story of Alex and Marta, who consider the question of is love at first sight real, or is love simply a scientific question?

For the Headtrip program, the audience selected Nothing's Left, by Davide Pellino (Avellino, Italy), a haunting depiction of modern society, exploring ideas behind privacy, social media and consumerism, with each of us both an architect and a pawn of the system.

If you thought filmmakers couldn't dive deep within a short time span, these two films would surely prove you wrong!

Festival Films

To see the complete list of festival films, click here.

With over a thousand submissions from more than ninety countries, it was difficult yet rewarding to select the best of the best.

In total, we screened 34 films, from more than twenty countries on five continents, with 28 films making their US premieres, and six world premieres.

Festival History

After a Covid-induced hiatus in 2020, last year we presented a special All Stars edition of the festival, featuring films that had won awards between 2014 and 2019.

Click here for more information on that special edition of the festival.

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

For requirements to submit to future editions, click here.

There is no fee to submit your film to the festival.

World Music Charts 

DJ Madame B

Global Sounds

SSSFF 2022 Heartstrings Jury Award

Jury Heart

A custom creation by Eric Giessmann

SSSFF 2022 Heartstrings Audience Award

Audience Heart

A custom creation by Éric Montchaud

SSSFF 2022 Petit Prose Award

SF 22 Petit Prose Audience

A custom creation by Anna Kadykova

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:

Bent Holm - Norwegian Sound Designer - Nord, The Square, Held For Ransom, Atlantic Crossing, Occupied, Narvik, Triangle Of Sadness

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SSSFF 2022 Headtrip Jury Award

Jury Head

A custom creation by Eric Giessmann

SSSFF 2022 Headtrip Audience Award

Audience Head

A custom creation by Éric Montchaud

SSSFF 2022 Minds Eye Award

SF 22 Minds Eye

A custom creation by Anna Kadykova

2022 Headtrip Audience Award

Fishing Animation

Thoughts on the (re)creative process by Davide Pellino