Brood X Film Showcase 2024

Presented by Matthew Deimling Johns and The Arts Commission

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Brood X, or (brood 10), in partnership with the Momentum Festival hosted by The Arts Commission, provides a platform for visual storytellers to share their work in front of a physical audience composed of other movie-makers, creatives, producers, enthusiasts, and storytellers. A night of celebration and collective appreciation for the work we all put into the stories we tell.

What the frick is Brood X?  Our namesake, Brood X is the brood of periodical cicadas that emerged in 2021 having spent the previous 17 years underground! Like these cicadas, your ideas and your stories have been growing and developing out of sight, waiting patiently to burst from the depths - to be seen, to be heard. Like the song of the cicada, the thunderous buzz that resonates with all those who grew up in the midwest; this event will bring a warm nostalgia for summer nights, while creating new memories of unharnessed expression and storytelling in the process.

Awards & Prizes:

$1000 Cash Jury Prize Award

$500 Cash Audience Award


- Short Films exclusively will be considered

-Primary production must have taken place in Ohio, or Michigan.


Primary Crew or Cast i.e., Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, or Lead On-Screen Role must currently reside in Ohio, OR resided in Toledo, Ohio within the past 5 years OR are currently attending an educational institution located in Ohio or Michigan (please contact directly for clarification).

-Duration: 2-15 minute total runtime, including title cards & credits)

NOTE ON LENGTH - our programmable allotted time is 2 hours. With this in mind, the longer your piece, the more difficult it will be to slot. If you submit a longer piece, make it POP!

- Multiple submissions WILL NOT be accepted per storyteller

- EXPERIMENTAL WORKS ARE WELCOME! - But, as the core of the event is to tell stories, effective messaging through your work will be considered for selection purposes.


Explicit imagery is acceptable with the intention of finding truth in on-screen narratives. Selections will be based entirely on effective cohesion of narrative delivery, technical prowess, and an overall potential social impact from the work.

*Pornographic films, and/or slasher films are not the target works for this showcase.

All applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability.

The Arts Commission Will Not Show:

Anything that consists of an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of people defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

The Arts Commission reserves the right to use artist work for promotional purposes. Copyright of selected works remains with the artist.

Key Dates:

Submissions Open - June 1, 2024

Submissions Close - August  24, 2024

Notification of Selection: September 7, 2024

Event Date: September 21, 2024

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To all those who submit your work, we know how challenging it is to create these pictures, and are familiar with the the time and energy necessary for each. For this, we salute your passion and your drive. Thank you.

We want to stoke the fire for filmmakers, and create a new community tradition for visual storytellers for years to come.