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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.

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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.

On Saturday, 30th November, 2019, the thirteenth edition of the festival took place at the Acoustic Java Café & Microcinema in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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

Thanks to David and everyone at Acoustic Java for making the day run smoothly, as well as to everyone who came out to support the festival.

Jury Awards Announced

Our awards selection process is complete! 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. Check out the award pics on the left and right, and on the awards page. Eric Giessmann of Lava Machine created a fascinating "making of" video for the two jury awards, which you can view here.

 Heartstrings Russia    Headtrip Venezuela

For the Heartsrings program, the jury selected Hello, My Dears, by Alexander Vasiliev (Russia), a bittersweet animated tale of a lonely old woman anticipating special visitors.

For the Headtrip program, the judges selected DOGMA, by Dennys Rodríguez (Mexico/Venezeula), an intense short live-action film about a father brutally interrogating his sons.

Audience Awards

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

 Heartstrings UK    Headtrip Belgium

For the Heartsrings program, the audience selected The Wait, by Jason McColgan (UK), depicting a bus stop conversation between a pregnant woman and an elderly man.

For the Headtrip program, the audience selected On the Road, by Blomme Molenstra (Belgium), about a man who takes unique approaches to solving traffic problems.

More Festival Links

Click here to see the complete awards listing.

Click here to view details on the festival films.

Click here for more updates on this year's festival.

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

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Womanimation! 2019

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

On Saturday June 29th, the eleventh edition of Womanimation! took place at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Thanks to all our enthusiastic audiences, everyone at AS220, and our participating filmmakers for making the festival a great success!

You can read more details on this year's festival here.

Womanimation! 2020

Beginning in April 2020, we will start accepting submissions for our 2020 edition.

Check back then for detailed submission information.

Other special surprises may be coming in spring 2020 as well!

World Music Charts 

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weekly on BSR

Saturday 7:30 - 9:00 AM

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Sunday 6:00 - 8:00 PM

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Sunday 8:00 - 11:00 AM

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SSSFF 2019 Heartstrings Jury Award

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SSSFF 2019 Heartstrings Audience Award

Audience Heart

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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:

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SSSFF 2019 Headtrip Jury Award

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SSSFF 2019 Headtrip Audience Award

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