SALT Film Shorts

Black artists and filmmakers (or those with lived experience of black identity) are invited to propose moving image shorts for outdoor projection on Portobello Prom as part of the 2022 Art Walk Porty Festival. Open to all artists to apply, wherever you are based (UK/International).

As part of our Curator’s Residency working with artist Natasha Thembiso Ruwona we will be screening a small series of film shorts that relate to Black geographies, histories and ecologies in response to the climate emergency, to form part of our SALT programme being showcased at this year’s Art Walk Porty (1-11 September 2022).

Film shorts should be in the region of 5-15 minutes in length. Genres of art film, experimental, narrative, documentary, video art or animation are all welcome. Films with narration are best submitted with subtitles where possible.

The selected films will engage with the climate emergency from a perspective of Black identity and history through an ecological perspective, considering Black communities post COP26, connecting to Edinburgh’s waters and coastline area. Black ecology refers to the relationship between Black people and their environments, considering the landscape and ecosystems that co-exist.

They will form part of the 2022 SALT programme being produced by Art Walk Porty this year, creating an ambitious programme of art/science collaborations that bring attention to sea water salinity, coastal erosion, ecosystems and plant ecologies.

The film shorts will be screened on Portobello Prom during the weekends of 3/4 and/or 10/11 September.

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona is a Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher and arts programmer. Natasha’s practice is research based and investigates racialised spatialisation in line with Black Feminist Geographies; the recognition of spaces and places in relation to Black identities. They position Afrofuturist thought and worlding as a method to both navigate the past, and reimagine ways of living and thinking together. Natasha’s interest in water began in 2019 when they read Black Geographies and The Politics of Place by Katherine McKittrick and Clyde Woods. Of particular interest was the mythology of Drexciya, which introduced them to Afrofuturism and water as an archive. This led them to make work exploring the role of Scotland in shaping The Black Atlantic, considering Scotland’s invovlement in the Transatlantic slave trade and colonisation through its links to the Atlantic Ocean.

Selected artists will be included in our printed programme, website and social media platforms promoting the event. In region of 6-8 films will be selected. Screening fees will be paid for selected films and confirmed at time of selection.

Proposals should be sent to rosy@artwalkporty.co.uk by 19th June with the subject heading of ‘Salt Film Shorts’. Audio or video recordings are also welcome detailing your work (no more than 5 minutes). Applications should detail:

- your film title, short description (50 words), production date, length of film, country produced in
- url link to view film (vimeo, YouTube)
- brief artist bio about your practice and why this project interests you
- contact info, including email, website, social media accounts

This film programme is supported by funding from City of Edinburgh Council’s Diversity & Inclusion Fund, and Creative Scotland.

All applicants will be informed about outcomes by 27th June 2022.

DEADLINE for submissions: 19TH JUNE 2022, 11PM