Call for Works

Third Annual Fresh Minds Festival

Texas A&M University

Submissions due: August 1, 2014. Click here for submission form

Performance: September or October 2015 (the following school year).  Watch for the finalized date.

Texas A&M University invites fixed media works of visual music or other non-narrative fine art animation, video, or film in which the sound/music and visuals play equally important roles in the work, for a presentation on the Texas A&M University campus called the Fresh Minds Festival. The event will be mass curated by hundreds of TAMU students learning the elements of visual and musical design with the goal of presenting a program of works that are engaging and rewarding to curious newcomer audiences. This is an event filling the gap between “for experts only” and “people’s choice” type events. Each year, several hundred students co-curate the festival. Each year’s evaluation cycle is launched with the screening of the previous year’s finalists.

A faculty panel will use the students’ evaluations of submitted works to shape a program. Creators of selected works are encouraged but not required to attend the event. Multiple entries will be accepted. There is no entry fee.

Due to the large number of students participating in the selection process, works will reviewed in stereo on student-owned equipment, delivered via internet links for evaluation. Works selected for the event will be presented in full quality in surround sound, spatialized live by TAMU students.

Submissions due August 1, 2014. Finalists will be notified by June 1, 2015 (the evaluation period includes the fall and spring semesters to maximize student participation). The concert presentation will be in September 2015 to kick off the next evaluation cycle. Watch for the finalized date.

Eligibility: All artists are encouraged to submit work, including professionals and students, except for artists currently employed or enrolled at TAMU, works created while employed or enrolled at TAMU, or works screened in previous Fresh Minds events. Resubmissions of works that were submitted but were not accepted in previous years are encouraged.

Duration: 4–12 minutes

Prizes and funding for visiting artist travel: TBA

Online submissions. Complete the form linked below to submit a URL to your video work accessible via the world wide web. You must fully own or have explicit permission to use all materials (sounds, images, text, etc.) in the work you submit in order for your work to be considered. Content deemed inappropriate for this venue will be declined. The video player at the URL you provide must be immediately visible at this link, without requiring logins or searching a list of videos. We recommend that you use a standardized video site like YouTube or Vimeo. You may make your video “unlisted” or protect it with a passcode if desired. Avoid less common formats, as technical issues may impede our curators’ ability to evaluate your submission. If your work is selected for performance, you must deliver a full quality video file by August 1, 2015.

Click here for submission form

Direct inquiries to: freshminds at


TAMU students: Complete the Orientation any time, then Evaluate works September 9–May 1!

Congratulations to our 2012–13 awardees!

  • 1st prize: Bret Battey
  • 2nd prize: Ryo Ikeshiro
  • 3rd prize: gruppoGruppo


The Fresh Minds Festival is a public performance of audiovisual artworks by professional artists, student-curated under the direction of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty.

For professional artists worldwide, Fresh Minds Festival will be an internationally prominent juried venue for their work with a unique angle: knowing the selected works are ones that reach out to informed newcomers to new media art. The world of such artworks and festivals is vibrant. However, this call for works will be a unique presence between festivals “by specialists, for specialists” that tend to leave newcomers behind, and “people’s choice” festivals that tend to value light entertainment over artistically engaging, thought provoking works.

TAMU students will have personal and thoughtful encounters with artworks being made now, in their own time, using modern tools. They will gain an understanding of how they may evaluate and communicate about expressive works in the visual and performing arts and with it, gain a better understanding of how the arts fit, contribute, and can be evaluated within academe.

This activity will equip and encourage students to become lifelong learners, enriched with an appreciation and understanding of creative expression.