UNSEEN – Simultan Festival 2020

SIMULTAN Festival’s XVth edition is a reflection on the meaning and potential of art in the current context of the global pandemic. Bearing the title ‘UNSEEN’ the 2020 edition alludes to and explores how artists respond to today’s major challenges, that slowly infiltrate into the spectrum of the collective memory and perception, under the sign of uncertainty.

The present-day world is multifaceted. New meanings and dimensions are added, changing boundaries, the terms and conditions of coexistence, reverberating, and evolving through the means of complex communication systems over the course of time. Theories regarding the future try to provide explanations and synoptic descriptions of the state of affairs and fundamental trends, each trying to capitalize as many followers, resources, and power, in a state of amplification and mutual development. Both forces contradict themselves yet engage in collaboration. We provide endless assumptions to complex stories, kaleidoscopic opinions, tutorials for tomorrow, and social movements as forms of expression of different paradigms. Eventually, these manifestations will collide in this process, violently yet creatively, aiming for reconciliation. Where are we? What does the future hold for us? And where are we heading for in this unseen war?


The call is open for emerging and established artists, new authors and/or students. We are looking for submissions of innovative interdisciplinary video works, related to the festival theme and created during this year (even older works can be accepted if the video work is related to the term of UNSEEN).

– CATEGORIES: video art; experimental film/video; narratives; documentary; digital/generative
– NUMBER OF WORKS: 2 max. / author.
– DURATION: 10 minutes max. each
– VIDEO FORMAT: AVI or MOV; format 16:9 or 4:3 (recommended compression H.264; sound 48kh).
The video must contain the title of the work author’s name and year of production.

We will award four video works (two from Romania and two from international artists) with a 300 Euro artist fee.

All works will be watched and selected by a jury.
Only those accepted will become part of the Festival screening program.


Incomplete applications will not be considered!

SIMULTAN is an annual festival dedicated to interdisciplinary arts – emerging media projects, experimental music and audio-visual and sound projects, in order to support new forms of artistic expression. The festival hosts annual live audio-visual performances, video art screenings, exhibitions, conferences and workshops,  which some themes and methods are: stylistic eclecticism, the relationship between man and automation, recycling or ecological themes, dry lyricism, the fusion of acoustic and electronic instruments, the expanded cinema, the jovial live sound collage, as well as the reflection on the political valences of sound. 

For additional information please contact
simultanfestival [at] gmail.com