Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN18 MOVING IMAGE

Winners will be announced in August 2018

Amak Mahmoodian, still from Shenasnameh, 2016, shortlisted for BPF OPEN16 Moving Image.

How to Apply?

Apply to exhibit as part of the forthcoming Brighton Photo Fringe (BPF) festival and show your work at a key exhibition venue. This October, Brighton Photo Fringe will deliver a festival that will activate disused spaces, open-air sites, cafés, bars, shop fronts and galleries across the city, platforming a vast and eclectic selection of inspiring new photography. By entering you could exhibit at ONCA in Brighton as part of a shortlist of up to 10 artists, alongside the festival’s keynote solo exhibition.

The festival will run from 29th September to 28th October 2018, alongside the internationally acclaimed Brighton Photo Biennial.

This year’s festival will examine the way photography shapes and changes our lives and how together we can develop new ways of seeing. Brighton Photo Fringe doesn’t set a theme for artists taking part. So please enter work that you consider relates to photography in some way. We want to show work that is well resolved, exciting and innovative.

Brighton Photo Fringe is seeking to platform moving image work by early-career* practitioners that is informed by photography and photographic practice in some way.

We look forward to receiving your entry.

BPF OPEN18 Moving image is an open call for early-career photographers and moving image artists offering the following opportunities:

  • All entrants’ work seen by a panel of influential professionals
  • Up to 10 artists will be listed on our website and have an image projected at the Brighton Photo Fringe Launch Party on 29th September 2018
  • Up to 10 shortlisted artists will have their film projected at ONCA
  • The 10 artists will also have their work showcased on the BPF website
  • Exhibition fee of £50.00


Submissions of work are invited from early-career photographers, by this we mean someone who is just beginning to gain recognition.

The work submitted must be a moving image work of no more than ten minutes long, that has not been previously exhibited in the UK (the body of work can be graduate work if it has not been shown outside a University or art college.)

Entrants may submit any work that they consider is informed by photography and photographic practice in some way.

Artists working solely or mainly in still images should see our OPEN18 SOLO call.

Artists between the ages of 14 to 18 should apply for our OPEN18 Young Photographers. Details to be announced in the coming weeks on our website.

OPEN18 Moving Image Selectors

A panel of specialists will select the shortlist. This year’s panel is:

  • Rob Dingle (Independent Curator / Contemporary Projects Manager, Art Fund)
  • Kay Watson (Digital Curator at the Serpentine Galleries and BPF Trustee)
  • Mark Aerial Waller (Artist and Lecturer, BA Moving Image, University of Brighton)
  • Inga Fraser (Curator and Art Historian)
  • Lu-Lu Evans (Business & Operations Manager, ONCA)

About Brighton Photo Fringe

Brighton Photo Fringe is a registered charity that supports early-career photographers and lens-based artists, showcases new talent and enables all kinds of people to enjoy and experiment with photography. Every two years BPF designs and delivers one of the largest photographic festivals of its kind in the UK. BPF is open to everyone and everybody’s invited.

Brighton Photo Fringe festival runs in parallel to the internationally acclaimed Brighton Photo Biennial. In 2016 both festivals attracted over 100,000 visitors and received significant press coverage.

About the exhibition venue

ONCA supports the wellbeing of people and places by increasing awareness of, and engagement with, environmental and social challenges. They are a space for meeting, thinking, learning and celebrating art, always encouraging artists and audiences to ask big questions about difficult issues.

Read ONCA's story here.

You can see pictures of the space here.

Exhibition dates: 29th September to 28th October 2018

File submission

The OPEN18 Moving Image selected artists are responsible for sending their work in a readable file format for exhibition as well as a link to a hosting platform such as Vimeo.

Exhibition dates: 29th September to 28th October 2018

Installation of work

The Brighton Photo Fringe team will install your work. You are not required to attend the installation but we hope you will be available to visit the exhibition. We will ask you to check that the online showcase is working to your satisfaction.


We hope you will be available for the exhibition launch on 29th September, but this is not compulsory.

The exhibition preview events will take place in the evening on Saturday 29th September 2018 (between 6pm and 9pm). We would like all shortlisted artists to attend the preview events if possible. All shortlisted artists will be invited to the BPF Launch Party from 9pm on 29th September 2018. Artists may also be invited to meet with press.


Application Deadline : 22 July 2018

(The deadline is 22nd July 11.59pm Pacific Standard time which is 7.59am GMT on 23rd July)


Please follow the link to Enter and submit the following:

  • Add a single image which represents your video work
  • A link to a moving image work which is no longer than 10mins. Work is required to be hosted by a video hosting site such as or
  • Details of submitted work, including year of production and medium
  • A statement about your practice and a link to your website (max 4000 characters)
  • A brief biography (max 4000 characters)
  • There is also an option to submit a link to your artist’s CV
  • You will then be asked to pay a submission fee of 20€

For further information please see or contact [email protected]

Brighton Photo Fringe receives sponsorship from Metro Imaging Ltd and ONCA, and work in partnership with many others. LensCulture are our partners for the OPEN18.

Entry deadline

July 29, 2018 08:00 PM

Entry fee

20 euros for one moving image work