Visual AIDS Calls for Video Proposals: Day With(out) Art 2021 (Deadline Extended!)

Visual AIDS Calls for Video Proposals: Day With(out) Art 2021

Visual AIDS has put out a call for artists and filmmakers, both established and emerging, to submit proposals for new video works to be produced and distributed to over 100 venues worldwide for A Day With(out) Art 2021.

Beginning in 1989, Visual AIDS (VA) has coordinated with artists, activists, museums, galleries, and non-profit organizations to showcase art that responds to the AIDS pandemic. Since 2015, VA has commissioned short videos for presentation on or about World AIDS Day. They encourage proposals in a wide range of forms, including documentary, narrative, and experimental videos. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV-positive artists, and preserving a legacy of the fight against AIDS.

Successful proposals will be those that address various aspects of the continuing fight against AIDS, including:

• The global pharmaceutical industry, drug patents and pricing, the politics of drug distribution and access, and the prioritization of profits over cures;

• The work of activists around the globe who have challenged treatment paradigms and created alternative systems of care and support;

• The realities of living long term with HIV, including side effects of past and current medication, the difficulty of adherence and sustained care, and the impact of the epidemic on mental health; and

• The needs and priorities of people living with HIV at a moment when the conversation about AIDS has become focused on PrEP and prevention.

Proposals should respond thoughtfully to the themes outlined above and should address the artist’s ability to produce a final video by July 1, 2021, with input from Visual AIDS staff. The deadline for proposals is May 17, 2020.

Up to six artists will be chosen to receive a $2,000 honorarium to finance the production of a short (5 to 10 minutes) video. These new video works will premiere at a marquee screening in New York City in addition to the screenings at museums, universities, and arts organizations around the globe. The videos will stream for free online after December 1, 2021.


To submit your 250-word proposal, and to learn more about Visual AIDS and A Day With(out) Art, log on to https://visualaids.org/.

—Reporting by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.