ELIA NEU/NOW Festival, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (9-13 September 2015)

The ELIA NEU/NOW Festival is an innovative international platform and showcase for talented graduating students and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) – of Higher Arts Education Institutions and Universities across Europe and beyond – to present themselves to a wide international audience.

The ELIA NEU/NOW Festival is:
 + an online and a live event that promotes artistic excellence through cutting edge presentations and activities;
 + an opportunity for selected emerging artists to show their work, meet each other, and create new international partnerships;
 +  a space where informed audiences, producers, and curators can see the most excellent artists and innovative projects coming from art schools and universities across Europe and beyond;
 +  a forum where artists, producers, curators, cultural operators, and policy makers can discuss future developments in the arts and share views on the cultural role of higher arts education institutions;
 + a means of presenting a new international generation of upcoming artists to the attention of a wide audience.

From the nominated projects, a maximum of 150 projects across all categories will be presented online at, which is widely accessible to arts professionals and the public.

A selection of projects will be presented in the ELIA NEU/NOW LIVE Festival 2015 that will take place 9 – 13 September 2015 in Amsterdam.

The ELIA NEU/NOW online Festival is open to arts students in their final year of study and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) of Higher Arts Education Institutions across Europe and beyond, which are ELIA members, ELIA associate members or ELIA non-European members.
The call for entry to this competition is also open to members of the following partner networks:
 + AEC-European Association of Conservatories
 + CILECT-International Association of Film and Television Schools
 + Cumulus

Artists (as individuals or groups) are nominated, by their (former) institution, within one of the following five categories:
 + Visual Arts
 + Design/Architecture
 + Theatre/Dance
 + Music/Sound
 + Film/Animation

Nominations for projects must be submitted by the institution online via the nomination tool at and include:
 +  a short description of the project;
 +  an artistic statement suitable for publication (max. 250 words) by the artist;
 +  a rationale why the project has been nominated by the institution;
 +  technical requirements and set-up time;
 +  nominated work: photos (max.15), a video (max. length of 5 min.) or sound material (max. length of 5 min.);
 +  either the full video or full sound material of submitted work or supplementary photos.

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