Call for Submissions: Micro Short Films for TEDxSF ALIVE!

Filmmakers: Do you have a vision, an insight, an image to share on life in this human body at various stages?

We are looking for 1-4 minute films to screen for our June 4th, 2011 event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Your films can explore, animate, depict, illustrate, snapshot or metaphorically present a stimulating visual experience on what it means to be fully alive in any of the following stages of life:

  • Orgasm, Conception
  • Birth
  • Infancy
  • Childhood
  • Coming of Age
  • Rite of Passage
  • Central Questions of Adulthood (Meaning, Identity, Mission, Actualization)
  • Vibrant Aging
  • Elderhood
  • Death

Winning Entries

Receive a ticket to the event, the after-party, and VIP dinner with speakers on June 3rd, 2011.

Top picks will screened at the live event on June 4th to an audience of 750 with an additional simulcast viewership of 30,000. Qualified submissions can also be made available on TEDx YouTube channel.

About the event

What does it mean to live fully?

ALIVE! asks questions and showcases powerful ideas on topics ranging from vibrant aging, the teen mind, infancy, pushing the limits of humanity, living with intent and purpose, connecting deeply, and self-actualization. Join your TEDxSF colleagues, meet cutting-edge researchers,inventors,entrepreneurs, and performers. Get turned on TED-style and leave with new knowledge, experience and insight. Our event format leaves more time for networking and connecting, with science, music, art, image, and play.


Deadline: 5.00p, May 14th, 2011

Terms and Conditions:

  • All the work is original to the submitter(s) or is in compliance with copyright laws.
  • Your film must not breach any copyright, including music or sound contained in your entry.
  • You agree that TEDx and TED can rebroadcast at will, although you retain ownership or any other use.
  • You agree that we can show your film with presented by TEDx San Francisco into screen attached to the film.
  • Filmmakers of all ages are invited to apply. Only filmmakers over 21 years will be able to attend the after-party on June 4th.

Additional questions? Email [email protected]

Thank you for your creative force and participation in the TEDxSF community.

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  • Steve Snider

    I was curious if a film trailer fits the criteria. I am not involved with the film but I am friends with the creators and I am certain that some version of there film would fit your criteria. This is truly amazing work and worth the attention of the TED community. Also, is there a TEDxOakland community? I am deeply involved with the Oakland community and we are more than ready to engage this TED dialog. I am a huge fan of this work.

    I look forward to hearing back from you and exploring possibilities.

    Thank You.


    Steve Snider