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AMERICAN INDEPENDENT – Art Show Submission Guidelines & Submission Form

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This April, 2023, The Frida Cinema is proud to present a series featuring some of our favorite prominent Independent films from America, and we are excited to complement this series with our next Lobby Art Show, American Independent. 

We are pleased to invite Orange County-based artists to submit their contributions to this show!  We will be accepting pieces inspired by your favorite American Independent cinema. What qualifies a film as Independent cinema, you may ask? An independent filmindependent movieindie film, or indie movie is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies (or, in some cases, distributed by major companies). Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers’ personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio films. take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Submission Guidelines; then when you are ready to submit your art for consideration, fill out the form below and submit, and art show curator Bekah Phillips will be in touch! If you have any additional questions, please contact

When is the show?

American Independent will run April 1 – May 31st.

By when do I need to submit my art?  And when will I be notified that it’s been accepted for inclusion?

To submit your art for consideration, complete the form below.  Photos of your art must be uploaded as part of the form submission process.  All submissions must be in by 5pm Sunday, March 26.  Artists will be notified as to whether or not their art will be included in the show by Monday, March 27

What if I have more than one work of art to submit?

Please complete a separate submission form for each work you would like to submit for consideration.

If my art is accepted, when will my art need to be dropped off?

All accepted art work must be dropped off at The Frida Cinema no later than 1pm on Thursday, March 30.

If my art is accepted and sells, what percentage of the sale price goes to the artist?

The Frida Cinema is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and our Lobby Art Shows serve as one of our methods of raising funds for our organization and mission. We nevertheless believe an artist should be entitled to the majority of their sale, so The Frida Cinema only keeps 40% of the sale, with the artists keeping 60%. Please make sure to price your art accordingly

Can I submit a piece that’s not for sale?

As our Lobby Shows serve as one of our methods for raising funds for our organization and mission, we do not accept pieces that are not for sale.

If my piece sells, will it be kept up throughout the show, or go home with the buyer immediately?

We want folks to see your beautiful art throughout the show – even after it sells!  At the same time, we understand that some buyers need to take their purchased art home right away (i.e. if the art is a gift, or the buyer is only in town temporarily).  As such, when a work of art is purchased, we will ask the buyer if we can hold on to it through the show.  If they say yes, we will put a sticker on its tag indicating that it’s been sold, and will contact the buyer after the show to let them know their art is ready to be picked up. If they say no, we will gladly let them take their new piece home.

If my art doesn’t sell, how long do I have to pick it up?  And do I have the option of donating it to the cinema?

Bekah will inform artists as to whether or not their art sold.  If your art does not sell, you will have two weeks to pick it up, or until Thursday, June 15th. You are also welcome to donate your art to The Frida Cinema (we love when artists donate their works to us, and truly appreciate it!), and you will receive a letter acknowledging your in-kind donation.  Please note: If you do not pick up your art by Thursday, June 15th, we will assume your work has been donated to The Frida Cinema.

Can I mail my piece to The Frida?  Or can I have the piece mailed back to me if it doesn’t sell?

Again this show is open to Orange County-based artists only, but we understand if for whatever reason you need your art shipped.  If you do choose to ship your art, either to the cinema before the show or back to you after, please note that artists are responsible for all shipping and delivery fees, and nay damages that may occur during transit. If you do choose to ship, do not ship directly to The Frida.  Our shipping address is:

The Frida Cinema
c/o Bekah Phillips, Submissions
204 N. Broadway STE P
Santa Ana, CA 92701

What format of art is accepted?

Our Lobby is limited in size, so generally our art shows consist of graphic art on our walls.  That being said, if you are considering an alternate medium — video installation, sculpture, etc. — send a submission form our way. If we feel it’s a good fit and we can make it happen, we will!

Please complete the following submission form for each piece you would like to submit for submission, and don’t forget to hit Submit when done!  Thank you, and we’ll be in touch!

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