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The Big Screen Experience: 9th Anniversary Fundraiser & Art Show- Submission Guidelines and Entry Form

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This February, 2023, The Frida Cinema is excited to be celebrating our 9th year of enriching, connecting, and educating communities through the art of cinema and keeping the magic of seeing a film on the screen alive. As a part of our birthday celebrations, we’ll be hosting our next lobby art show, The Big Screen Experience: 9th Anniversary Fundraiser & Art Show, where we encourage local artists and Frida fans of all ages and skill levels to create a piece inspired by a favorite film/experience they saw on the big screen! In order to raise funds to keep us doing what we do best and make our 10th anniversary spectacular, all proceeds from this art show will be donated to benefit The Frida Cinema.

We are pleased to invite Orange County-based artists to submit their contributions to this show!  Please 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?

The Big Screen Experience: 9th Anniversary Fundraiser & Art Show will run February 1st – March 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 Monday, January 23rd.  Artists will be notified as to whether or not their art will be included in the show, and then art must be delivered to The Frida by 5pm on Wednesday, January 25th.

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 5pm on Sunday, January 29th.

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. Usually in our lobby shows, the artist receives the majority of the sale, but since this show is a special anniversary fundraiser, 100% of profits will benefit The Frida Cinema. However, all artists who participate will receive a letter acknowledging their in-kind donation (that is tax deductible!)

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 Wednesday, April 12. 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 Wednesday, April 12th, 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 the show, please note that artists are responsible for all shipping and delivery fees, as well as any 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
1505 E. 17th St, Ste. 116
Santa Ana, CA 92705

What format of art is accepted?

Our Lobby is limited in size, so generally our art shows consist of graphic art (both traditional and digital art is welcome!) on our walls, try to keep it under 27×40, but we’ll try and make it work either way.  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 and follow up with an email asking for your Instagram handle if you want it featured on the art tag!

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.

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