MUTE is an international festival devoted to experimental film and video, aiming at investigate the relationship between image and sound.
The mission of MUTE is to provide local and regional audiences with an opportunity to view a wide variety of contemporary experimental works, focused on artistic excellence, different styles, forms, and nationalities.
Part of the cultural program of Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture and spin off of MA/IN festival, MUTE has become an independent festival that offers a program of live cinema, performances, live sonorization of classic silent film.
The third edition will be held from 21st of May to 6th of June 2021 in Basilicata, South Italy.
21-22-23 of May in Potenza - Cineteatro Don Bosco
4-5-6 of June in Matera - Auditorium Casa cava
Over the span of 6 days, the festival will show premieres, retrospectives, tributes, audio-visual performances, and discussion panels.
MUTE Festival is opened to artists who want to submit experimental works.
The call is composed by 3 different categories:
- Experimental Mutations: found footage, essay film, video performance, expanded cinema, experimental animation, experimental documentary, video art;
- Visual Mutations: virtual reality, 360° inmersive cinema;
- Sound Mutations: new sonorization of short silent film or documentary or footage.
Only short films with a maximum runtime of 20 minutes. No restrictions on the date of completion, premiere status or whether your work has been made available online
An international jury will selected the artworks to be screened. Only selected works will be in the festival’s program.
The festival is organized by LOXOSconcept, a non-profit cultural centre, active in the realization of experimental movies, sound art works, artistic installations and promoting research into the aesthetic, analytical, musicological and scientific aspects of music.
Awards & Prizes
- Winner Experimental Mutations
- Winner Visual Mutations
- Winner Sound Mutations
Rules & Terms
- Registration for the Festival competition, takes place exclusively through FilmFreeway
The festival registration fee varies from €10.00 to €20.00 for each work
Competition web page: