Court 13 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in New Orleans, LA.  Our mission is to celebrate cinema and empower artists who create it. We strive to cultivate a cinema culture that engages local artists and audiences and advances the caliber and quality of film coming out of   the region.

Court 13 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in New Orleans, LA.  Our mission is to celebrate cinema and empower artists who create it. We strive to cultivate a cinema culture that engages local artists and audiences and advances the caliber and quality of film coming out of   the region.

We believe that cinema spreads ideas and that new voices from diverse backgrounds are fundamental to the advancement of the artform as well as the global conversations it inspires.

Through programs that break down traditional barriers to access we can discover new talent in our region, and empower storytellers to use cinema as a means of expression. We will help develop a vibrant community of filmmakers, artists, actors, and technicians making groundbreaking work that reflects the singular culture of New Orleans and the gulf-south. 

We believe that cinema spreads ideas and that new voices from diverse backgrounds are fundamental to the advancement of the artform as well as the global conversations it inspires.

Through programs that break down traditional barriers to access we can discover new talent in our region, and empower storytellers to use cinema as a means of expression. We will help develop a vibrant community of filmmakers, artists, actors, and technicians making groundbreaking work that reflects the singular culture of New Orleans and the gulf-south. 

Our approach celebrates the fundamentally collaborative nature of filmmaking. We aim to support not only writers and directors, but also visual artists, musicians, photographers and the many makers whose voices contribute to a film. It is our core belief that film should be experienced, created, and in communication with all types of artforms and artists. Our building complex in New Orleans will become a creative hub where these types of collaborations can flourish.

Our approach celebrates the fundamentally collaborative nature of filmmaking. We aim to support not only writers and directors, but also visual artists, musicians, photographers and the many makers whose voices contribute to a film. It is our core belief that film should be experienced, created, and in communication with all types of artforms and artists. Our building complex in New Orleans will become a creative hub where these types of collaborations can flourish.

Court 13 2018 Film-Set Design ​Residency


​Court 13 is excited to announce our first-ever Film Set Design Residency. Over a two month period in Fall 2018, two artists-in-residence will each create a constructed environment that will act not only as stand-alone installation, but also as the inspiration for new film narratives. This is an opportunity to invert the normal film-making process and have an artist’s visual imagery dictate the storyline. Successful proposals will be fully realized environments, conveying a visual story through art direction, construction, set decoration, and anything else you can imagine and execute. The sets will then serve as the inspiration and locations for the 2019 Court 13 student short-film writing and directing labs.

Court 13 believes that art-making is at the heart of filmmaking. We are thrilled to empower artists to  conceive and create incredible visual-narrative spaces outside the limitations of a pre-existing script. This is an opportunity for art directors, production designers, architects, theatre scenic designers, art students, installation artists, and anyone who believes in the power of visual storytelling to create a wholly new built environment.

The on-site residency is from October 29th to December 14th. Two film-set proposals will be selected by a jury of designers and artists. The finalists will then have two months, a $4000 budget, and on-site help from a construction and art department crew to complete their vision. We will also provide a $1000 personal stipend for living expenses.

Upon completion in December 2018, the built sets will then be used as writing prompts and filming locations for a local short film competition directed at high school students, with  production starting in Spring 2019. The collaboration will culminate with film and installation premieres at our Always for Pleasure Festival IV, in May 2019.

For more information on our Fall 2018 Film Set Artist Residency Program, visit our submission site.  Submission dates are June 21st to July 25th.

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REQUIREMENTS

ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists from or living in the United States. Recipients must be at least 21 years of age.


APPLICATION MATERIALS: (Incomplete applications will not be considered. For extenuating circumstances or any issues or questions, please email us with details.)

  • Look book or other visual representation of full concept.
  • One-page C.V. (should include contact information - home address, phone number, email address, website) listing education, significant exhibitions/credits/projects, & bibliography;
  • Total working budget for proposed project;
  • Work samples – 10 to 20 samples representative of the artist’s body of work to date;
  • Two letters of recommendation - from people who can speak to character, past work, ability to achieve the project proposed, and abilities in collaborative projects;
  • $30 application fee.


INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: We will only be accepting US-based projects.

 

WHAT DOES THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM OFFER?

Our Film Set Design Artist Residencies will last 7 weeks: October 29 to December 14, 2018. Resident-artists are encouraged to utilize in-house tools (wood shop, welders, basic hand tools) and materials, as well as donated and recycled materials from our external film work and community partnerships. Our facilities are a comprised of approximately 8,000 square feet of raw workshop space and a 14,000-square-foot yard.  Download a blueprint of our property here, with spaces available for film-set proposals and dimensions marked in blue. A jury of experts in various arts-related fields will judge the proposals on narrative concept and ambition, as well as feasibility within the confines of the physical space and budgetary limits.


Out of town residents will have their own private bedroom. The program will provide basic kitchen staples and stocked kitchen. Residents will be responsible for preparing their own meals. Please note Court 13 Arts does not cover travel to New Orleans, LA.


COST

There is no fee for the residency. A non-refundable processing fee of $30.00 (U.S. currency) is requested with each application. Court 13 Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Application fees collected support programming. While there is no additional cost to you, you will need funds for outside meals/snacks, incidentals, materials, and transportation to and from the residency. Also consider indirect costs including time away from your job and paying bills at home while you are in residence.


DAILY LIFE/LIVING ENVIRONMENT

There is an on-site kitchenette and will be stocked with minor staples (coffee, tea, snacks, etc). Artists will have 24-hour access to the building and tools. Residents not currently residing in New Orleans will be given housing, and transportation to and from the residency space will be provided. Bicycle and lock will be provided for residents who are comfortable riding.

Smoking is permitted outdoors ONLY. All facilities are wheelchair accesible.


WORK SAMPLES

Your work samples are most important to your application. The work sample list should correspond to the submitted work samples and support sketches, indicating name, title, date, dimensions/duration, media and one brief explanatory note (if applicable) for each piece. The work sample list should also include URLs to video, audio, and web-based work samples.

• Images: 10-15 digital images should be submitted in JPG format, 72 dpi, no larger than 1MB each.
• Video or Audio: Send via HighTail, WeTransfer or Dropbox. Video files should be no larger than 40MB and in MOV format. Audio files should be submitted as separate MP3 files; each track should be no longer than 2 minutes. YouTube or Vimeo are acceptable, but include any necessary passwords to access the link. URLs to the appropriate videos’ pages should be provided in the Work Sample List. Please only submit video art, or video documentation of an art piece that requires video to be fully experienced. Do not send video walk-throughs of static exhibitions or video slide shows.
• Web-Based: Web-based work should be submitted as URLs in the work sample list. Please only submit web-based projects.


LOOK BOOK OR OTHER VISUAL REPRESENTATION

The "Look Book" is a key component to your successful application. The applicant must show that the film set proposal has a strong narrative sensibility. The format of this material is entirely up to the artist; we are looking for anything that will best convey a strong sense of place.


SELECTION CRITERIA

A jury of experts in various arts-related fields will judge the proposals on narrative concept and ambition, as well as feasibility within the confines of the physical space and budgetary limits. We are interested in film set concepts that can stand alone as an art installation, and that will also have utility as a working production set. Artists with no film experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be notified via email if they are eligible for the final interview process. Please do not call or email to follow up.


COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

Through a partnership with the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC), artists-in-residence are required to lead one weekend-long workshop, presenting to local aspiring youth artists and working filmmakers. This presentation will be tailored to the specific expertise of the artist and will be fully supported and designed in collaboration with NOVAC and Court 13. These workshops are an important opportunity for direct connection between artists-in-residence and students & working filmmakers in New Orleans. 


FAQ


Q: What tools are available for residents’ use?

A: We currently have a small wood shop: table saw, bandsaw, belt sander, jig saw, drill press and hand tools; two MIG welders and one TIG welder; an automobile lift; one industrial air compressor, with hook-ups for tools plumbed throughout the space.


Q: What happens to my film set once the residency concludes?

A: Good question! The film set construction is phase one of a multi-part project. Upon completion, the sets will then be used as writing prompts for a city-wide youth film competition, beginning in 2019. In May 2019, the sets will then be used as event spaces for our ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE FESTIVAL IV. 


Q: What is the Always for Pleasure Festival and what past projects has it included?

A: Since 2014, our culminating flagship exhibition event The Always for Pleasure Festival has a been a driving program for generating new work and collaborations. Named for the 1978 documentary by Les Blank, which focused on New Orleans’ culture, AfP encompasses elements of film and music festivals with block parties and street parades, inspired directly by second lining and other New Orleans street parties. AfP celebrates the intersection of filmmaking and art with screenings, installations, dancing, music and parades. Visiting filmmakers will program screening events, sound systems will be manned by local and visiting djs, and our new student films will make their world premiers. Some examples of past projects: a warehouse filled with U-Haul trucks, each designed as a different micro-party zone; a mobile karaoke float and parade; a public fake wedding performance, parade with brass band, and reception; a walking parade through the five senses, with designated stops and small events corresponding to each sense; a giant wooden human hamster wheel; a group stop-motion animation collaboration; the Emotional Arcade, an installation designed to measure and quantify human emotion.


Q: Can I drop off my application at Court 13 Arts in person?

A: No. All applications should be submitted through our portal on submittable.com


Q: When will I be notified of acceptance/rejection?

A: Applicants will be notified on August 9, 2018. Please don’t call or email Court 13 Arts to ask about the status of your application.


Q: Does Court 13 Arts have insurance?

A: Yes! All work being done on-site will be fully insured.


Q: Who will help me build my set?

A: We will have residency staff to assist in planning and construction, as well as a small team to help with labor. The needs of the selected project will determine the size of the crew.


Q: Do I need any film experience or degree to apply?

A: No! We are excited to see proposals from people with all education and training backgrounds

For more information on our Fall 2018 Film Set Artist Residency Program, visit our submission site.  Submission dates are June 21st to July 25th.

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​​Court 13  is working closely with partners inside and outside of New Orleans to create new film and artist-support programming. We will ​continue to launch a series of new programs beginning in Fall 2018. Sign up below for updates.

Court 13  is working closely with partners inside and outside of New Orleans to create new film and artist-support programming. We will be launching a series of new programs beginning in Fall 2018. Sign up below for updates.

Court 13  is working closely with partners inside and outside of New Orleans to create new film and artist-support programming. We will be launching a series of new programs beginning in Fall 2018. Sign up below for updates.

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